Porsche 968 Club Sport
- Mileage: 79,605
- Year: 1993
- MOT Expiry: 12 Months
- Exterior Colour: Guards Red
- Interior Colour: Black Cloth Recaro
- Top speed: 152
- 0-60mph: 6.2
- BHP: 236
- Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
- Engine Capacity: 2990cc
- Engine Configuration: 4 In-line
The Porsche 968 was introduced to the world back in 1991. A great sports car also ideal for touring, the standard 968 coupe came with a 3-litre, 4-cyclinder engine producing 225lb ft of torque and 240hp. Soon after, Porsche set their sights on creating a car tailored more for the driving enthusiast and, in particular, one that would excel on track. In late 1992, the 968 Club Sport was born. Mechanically identical, sharing the same engine and 6-speed gearbox as the standard coupe, the only difference between the two cars was weight saving and a reduction in ride height, and, at the time of its launch, the Club Sport was considerably cheaper.
In total only 1,923 Club Sports were produced worldwide between 1992 and 1995. The Club Sport was offered in five colours during model year 1993 (Black, Guards Red, Maritime Blue, Grand Prix White, and Speed Yellow) but other colours were available during model years 1994 and 1995.
There has been, over the years, a misconception in the motoring press that Club Sports are only Club Sports when they have bucket seats, wind up windows, no sunroof, manual hatch, etc. However, the Club Sport was available to order with any number of options – and it frequently was. It is very common to see Club Sports with Recaro cloth comfort sport front seats, electric windows, sunroof and even rear seats and air conditioning, while still sporting the Club Sport badge - especially in parts of Europe and Australia.
In 1994 and 1995, Porsche GB ordered a total of 306 cars from the Club Sport production line for import. Superficial spec changes included the addition of the Club Sport luxury package option, along with the removal of the rear 968 CS badge. These cars, marketed to attract British buyers looking for a little more comfort, were badged in the UK as 'Sport'. However, Porsche Germany lists them as Club Sports, including on their Certificates of Authenticity. The Sport badge is a UK-specific label, which, nowadays, serves to cause some confusion as to the car's identity.
Guards Red paintwork, Colour-coded Recaro bucket seats, Leather Club Sport steering wheel, 17-inch Cup alloy wheels in black, Porsche calipers in black, ‘Club Sport’ decals, Rear wiper delete, Manual windows, Manual tailgate release, Electric sunroof with cover, CD player, Lockable glove compartment, Coin holder, Porsche immobiliser, Spare wheel, Tool roll, Spare key.
The classic Guards Red paintwork looks brilliant on the 968, perfectly offset by the black Cup alloys and decals along both sides. As 1 of only 179 genuine UK Clubs Sports this particular example is a rare car indeed. The body retains a deep, glossy shine with relatively few imperfections to report on close inspection, the most conspicuous being a dusting of chips low down towards the rear arches. The front fog lamps have also been removed to aid brake cooling but could easily be replaced should the new keeper desire.
Upon entry you’re greeted by lightweight Recaro bucket seats finished in Guards Red, both in excellent condition. The dash, leather gear knob, and centre console are all unmarked and the steering wheel is in very good order. In the footwells you’ll find tailored Porsche overmats and at the rear you’re presented with an impeccably clean boot space complete with the original luggage net and privacy cover. Although an aftermarket radio head unit is fitted in the dash, no additional speakers have even been installed and so the rear shelf is without any holes or damage.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Praised for its superior handling the 968 Club Sport was named ‘Performance Car of the Year’ in 1993 soon after its launch. Under the bonnet you’ll find the 4-cylinder 3-litre engine, with power transferred to the rear wheels via a smooth 6-speed gearbox. The engine bay of this example is remarkably clean and tidy with no damage or signs of poor repair to be found. Better still, the car boasts the most amazing maintenance record with no less than 23 stamps in the original service booklet. The most recent service was carried out in May 2019 at the current mileage of 79k.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The unmarked Cup alloys have recently been refurbished in gloss black, which is particularly striking against the black Club Sport livery. The wheels are shod in a matching set of Yokohamas, all of which have plenty of tread remaining. The brakes are also in fine order and the front pads and fluid were replaced during the last service.
This example comes with a full and comprehensive history. The History File includes the original service book that has 23 stamps from only Porsche main dealers and specialists. This is further backed up with a file of invoices dating back to the late ‘90s and almost every MOT certificate from new. The last service was done in May 2019 and included the brake fluid. The most recent timing belt and tensioner change was carried out in March 2018. The complete service history is detailed below.
22/07/1993 at 2,188 miles – Porsche
24/06/1994 at 9,250 miles – Porsche
24/10/1995 at 12,465 miles – Specialist
08/10/1996 at 17,708 miles – Specialist
21/10/1997 at 21,151 miles – Specialist
04/09/1998 at 24,023 miles – Porsche
14/01/2000 at 28,433 miles – Porsche
20/03/2001 at 31,395 miles – Porsche
26/03/2002 at 43,316 miles – Porsche – Cambelt
29/04/2003 at 51,166 miles – Porsche
24/02/2004 at 54,511 miles – Porsche
09/03/2005 at 56,937 miles – Specialist
25/11/2005 at 58,473 miles – Specialist
17/03/2007 at 61,003 miles – Specialist
19/09/2009 at 63,359 miles – Specialist – Cambelt
29/02/2012 at 66,816 miles – Specialist
10/10/2013 at 76,513 miles – Specialist
19/12/2013 at 76,809 miles – Specialist – Cambelt
16/10/2014 at 77,102 miles – Specialist
13/05/2015 at 78,725 miles – Specialist
03/01/2017 at 78,802 miles – Specialist
10/03/2018 at 79,105 miles – Specialist – Cambelt
20/05/2019 at 79,490 miles – Specialist
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