1993 Porsche 968

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1993
  • Mileage 
    89 447 mi / 143 951 km
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Chassis number 
    WP0ZZZ96ZRS815311
  • Engine number 
    42R01469
  • Lot number 
    257
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Exterior brand colour 
    Speed Yellow
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Manual

Description

Track-focused run-out model adoptingthe philosophy of less is more. One of the best-handling Porsche models everFirst registered as one of the infamous factory S-Lcars, spending almost three years in Porsche ownership at Zuffenhausen, performing official duties as a 1994 M/Y carOur vendor, a well-known Club Sport owner of almost 20 years, estimates to have spent over 150hrs going through the car working closely with Porsche specialist, PIE PerformanceSubtle driver-focused enhancementsincluding KW Variant 3 suspension system, Quaife ATB differential, M030 callipers, M030 anti-roll bars etcReally striking in Speed Yellow, a model-specific registration number and always maintained by renowned marque specialists; 12 months MOTYou can now book a one-to-one appointment (up to one hour) to view this lot at our central location of Stoneleigh Park (CV8 2LG) Monday to Friday, from Thursday 29th October until Thursday 12th November (inclusive). Please contact Joe Watts on 07779 082707/ [email protected] secure your appointment or to discuss the car in more detail.The health & safety of both our customers and team remainthe utmost priority, we are therefore operating to strict COVID-19 guidelines and full instructions for arrival and inspection protocols will be given when making your appointment.Long-term Porsche devotees will be all too familiar with the 968, introduced to the world back in 1991, and as it turned out, was to be the end of the line for Porsches enduring front-engined four-cylinder model line. The 968 was developed directly from the 944, which meant adopting its well-honed and well-proven running gear, whilst presenting a fresh design aesthetic that made it feel like a significantly new model. The standard 968 was a great all-round sports car, but as a last hurrah to this enduring lineage Porsche wanted to create a car tailored more for the pure enthusiast and, in particular, one that would excel in competition. In late 1992, the 968 Club Sport was introduced and, whilst it was mechanically identical to the standard 968 and shared the same 3.0-litre engine (producing 225lb-ft of torque and 240bhp) and 6-speed gearbox (situated at the rear axle, which helped give the car it's excellent weight distribution), it differed in a number of important ways.This track-focused run-out model adopted the philosophy of less is more by removing all luxury-related equipment from the basic build specification. With the no-frills approach, less weightand clever suspension, Porsche could now focus media attention on the Club Sport's fast road and track abilities. As soon as the press got hold of the Club Sport and discovered what a brilliant drivers car it was, the credibility of the 968 went through the roof. Even Walter Rhrl reckoned it was the best handling car that Porsche made (after driving an example previously owned by our vendor).The CS achieved a 'Performance Car of The Year' award in 1993 from Performance Car magazine in the UK. In total, just 1,923 CS examples were produced worldwide and it's now rightly regarded as one of the best driving Porsche cars ever made.The car presented here is a very special Club Sport and was first delivered new to Dr Ing h.c.f. Porsche at PorscheStrae 42, Stuttgart 70435; chassis 96ZRS815311 was ordered in almost standard specification with the only exceptions to Clubsport puritanism being a sunroof and a Blaupunkt RCR42 radio cassette.As enthusiastswill know, the standard factory Club Sport specification comprises lowered suspension, colour-coded wheels, lightweight fixed bucket seats, reduced sound deadening, manual window regulators/mirrors, cable boot release, a lighter wiring loom/alternator/battery and only a single radiator fan.Registered as one of the infamous factory S-L cars, S-LU 8167 spent almost three years in Porsche ownership at Zuffenhausen performing official duties as a 1994 Model Year car.Between 1994 and 1996m, the service book shows 4 services, all stamped by the factory service centre at 4,900km (03/94), 22,783km (09/94), 44,680km (06/95) & 58,460km (01/96) and showing the same Auftrag Nr. (order) of 73534530.On the 3rd July 1996, an official warranty card shows the warranty being extended at 61,000km and a TUV Certificate in November 1996 shows 63,000kmIn November 1996, German documents show the ownership was transferred from Porsche to Friedemann Schnieder of Frth, Nuremberg and registered as F-E 7635.In January 1998, the car was imported into the United Kingdom at 82,200km by a James Whitely who passed the vehicle to renowned Porsche specialists, 'AutoFarm' in Oxfordshire. Its first MOT was dated 27/01/98 and it was registered as L826 LTF on the 30th January 1998 prior to being sold onthe 6th February 1998to Alan Durrant of Bristol.It then passed through two more owners until purchased by Bob Maclaren & Steve Bennet of 'Circuit Driver' magazine (Steve subsequently became editor of '911 Porsche World') in April 2005 at 118,000km. A change of circumstances meant the car was sold on to Alan Smith on the 15th August who then embarked on an extraordinary list of improvements and upgrades to the car over the next two years.These included, but were not limited to: rectifying any paint defects, the fittingof KW Variant 3 suspension system, a Quaife ATB Differential, M030 callipers, cross-drilled discs and pads, Goodridge hoses, M030 anti-roll bars, and a new clutch & dual mass flywheel; all new belts, rollers, tensioner, Variocam chain and tensioner pads, engine mounts, installing a rear half cage (bolt-in) and harnesses, plus the refurbishment of the wheels, starter motor, alarm/immobiliser, clock and undertrays. During his two-year ownership, there are bills on file amountingto 24,000 with work carried out by Porsche Specialist, Steve Bull.In October 2007 at around 130,000km, the car passed to Richard Fenton of London and it stayed in his ownership until 2020. In 2014 he moved to rural Herefordshire where the car remained stored until 2019 when it was recommissioned by Chris Denning Sportscars at 143,800km (89,353 miles) receiving new belts and rollers and a thorough inspection.Our vendor, a well-known Club Sport owner of almost 20 years, then bought the car and estimates to have spent over 150 hours going through itand completed, amongst other works, in conjunction with Porsche specialist, 'PIE Performance', the following: fully serviced (October 2020) and MOTd, an inspection of camshaft teeth, chain and tensioner, a change of gearbox oil,cleaning of the injectors, inlet manifold and throttle body; plus new coolant and power steering fluid, a new carbon canister, new pads & calliper inspection (rears benefittingfrom new plates), fully refreshed anti-roll bar mounts, an inspection of the torsion bar mounts,4-wheel alignment,refit the bumpers, a repaint & refit of the side skirts with new seals, astrippingdown of the the rear hatch and a refit of the glass (a common weak point for 968s),a repaint of the alloy wheels, a replacement original clock with lap timer function and the fittingof a Vodafone Cat1 alarm/immobiliser.The 944, the 968 and even the 928 are seeing their values rise in the wake of the '911 explosion' and front-engined Porsches are having the Renaissance they richly deserve. This is a simply super example of arguably the most coveted front-engined Porsche model and, competitively guided, opens the door into a very exclusive club.(NB: please note the correct chassis number for this car isWP0ZZZ96ZRS815311 (it is a typo / human input error on the V5C showing a 5 instead of an S, an easy rectification).https://photos.app.goo.gl/WpTo7c2i6RM3FQpw7