1994 Porsche 968 Clubsport

by | Apr 1, 2019

Peter Singhof ©2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's

1994 Porsche 968 Clubsport

by | Apr 1, 2019

Peter Singhof ©2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's

YEAR

1994

MODEL

968 Clubsport

MANUFACTURER

Porsche

ESTIMATE (US)

$62,000 to $96,000

CHASSIS NUMBER

WP0ZZZ96ZRS815483

AUCTION COMPANY

RM Sotheby's

AUCTION DATE

April 11-12

Porsche’s progress through smaller front-engine, rear-drive sport cars began with the 924 (1975-1988). That 4-cylinder model was followed in 1982 with the 944, which carried on until 1991. There were plans for a further version, but in the development process, so many components were changed that so was the nomenclature. Hence the 968.

There were styling tweaks, like laid-back headlamps replacing the pop-ups and new taillights, both somewhat reminiscent of the big-brother 928. So, too, were the alloy wheels. Inside, the appointments were upgraded.

At 3.0 liters, the 4-cylinder engine had the company’s VarioCam variable valve timing, 236 horsepower, and 225 lb-ft of torque. Back in the transaxle was a six-speed manual gearbox. The 0-60 time is usually reported as 6.2 seconds, the top speed just over 150 mph. Much of what was under the 968 chassis carried over from the 944.

Lot 234 at RM Sotheby’s Auction at Essen, Germany, on April 12 features a variant of the 968 with the inscription 968 CS on the back. Those initials stand for Clubsport, and estimates for its sale price are $62,000 to $96,000. This puts it in the ballpark, depending on options, of a new Porsche Boxster or Cayman.

What makes the Clubsport special? Less weight, achieved by removing sound-deadening material and the rear seats, and replacing the power windows with crank-ups. The normal powers seats were swapped for manual sports seats from Recaro.

Given that the Clubsport’s intended uses were rallies, gymkhanas, etc., the car was lowered 0.8 inches and wider 17-inch tires specified — 225 front, 255 in back. Even the steering wheel was replaced with a lighter version.

Only six colors were used on the Clubsport, and the offered car has the most dramatic, Speed Yellow. As with all versions of the 968 CS, the interior is done in black.

The example up for auction has just over 30,000 miles and comes with all service books and the promise of being well maintained.

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