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Guide price: £36000 - £42000.
- One of just 179 UK-supplied genuine Clubsport in arguably the best colour combination
- Excellent condition. Just under 42,000 miles.Full and documented service record.
- A magazine featured car. Cherished plate 'A968 POR' is part of the sale
- The epitome of a true drivers car, few collectable modern classics offer such appeal
The Porsche (project no.) 968 made its debut in 1991 and was effectively, the last gasp for the long-lived 924 line. Originally mooted as the 944S3, the new number was probably more a result of pressure from the marketing department, but it was right for recessionary Porsche wrestling with struggling sales.The 968 was well regarded and received excellent reviews, even if the UK market had to wait almost a year from launch to get it (blame the slow 944 sales for that). It was powered by the 944 S2's 3.0-litre 4-cylinder engine producing 225lb ft of torque and 240bhp. but with variable valve timing to improve power, torque, fuel economy, and most importantly, drivability.Visually, it was the biggest step forward since the launch of the original 944 in 1981, with only the doors, roof and tailgate being carried over from the 944. The new front-end with 928 style pop-up headlamps did bring a touch of modernity.The interior trim was standardised with the 911 and 928, justifying the inflated list price, but not enough as sales were rather slow, however, all that changed in 1993 when the stripped-out, back-to-basics 'Clubsport' (Vereinssport) was launched at £7,000 less. Not only was it cheaper, but the CS was also inspirationally good to drive. Porsche had set their sights on creating a car tailored for the driving enthusiast and, in particular, one with competition potential.This was achieved by removing all luxury-orientated equipment from the basic build specification, for example, less sound deadening material was used and the electric windows were replaced with hand wound units. In addition, Porsche installed manually adjustable, lightweight Recaro racing seats rather than the standard power-operated, leather buckets, and revised suspension optimized and lowered by 20mm, with 17-inch wheels also helped the quest for lightness and crisp handling. With the no-frills approach, less weight, and clever suspension, Porsche could now focus media attention on the Club Sport's fast road and track abilities, and the CS achieved a 'Performance Car Of The Year' award in 1993 from Performance Car magazine in the UK. In total, just 1,923 units were produced, of which only 179 were right-hand drive, making the Club Sport a very rare Porsche indeed. Finished in Black with a Red script, A968 POR was supplied new by Lancaster Bow Porsche and was first registered on 24th June 1994, making it one of the 179 UK-supplied 'C16' cars.  With weight-saving top of Porsche's agenda, it was ordered in true lightweight spec with sports Recaro seats, manual windows and door mirrors, three-spoke non-airbag steering wheel and rear window wiper delete. The car also features a removable sunroof.On the outside, the car is in great condition with virtually blemish-free paintwork that still retains a deep gloss finish. The unmarked 'Cup 2' wheels are in great condition and look great in the contrasting silver finish, something that was only available on the Black cars, all other cars had wheels finished in the body colour. The red decals are in great shape and still flush.The interior also presents very well, as can be expected in a car that has only covered just over 40,000 miles. The colour coded black bucket seats are still fresh with minimal wear to the bolsters and the carpets are in great condition. Peeling back the carpet in the boot reveals the unused spare wheel and toolkit and it's immaculately clean. The engine bay, much like the rest of the car, is impressive and in very clean condition with all factory stickers still in place.This car has the most wonderful comprehensive history, with the majority at the hands of official Porsche Centres, with 17 stamps in the service book, a file full of invoices and old MoTs, and fully documented ownership. The last service was carried out at Porsche Centre Swindon less than 200 miles ago. The very appropriate cherished registration 'A968 POR' is part of the sale and will stay with the car.In terms of trans-axle Porsches, the 968 CS is undoubtedly Stuttgart's finest effort, and as a UK-supplied, RHD car with low mileage and fantastic service history. this lovely Clubsport is surely one of the best offerings in the marketplace. "The Clubsport strips away all the fripperies, builds on the best bits, amplifies the soul and delivers more pure driving pleasure than almost any car was can think of" - PERFORMANCE CAR, DECEMBER 1993

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