The Porsche 968 was the final chapter of the long line of front engine Porsche sports car that started in 1976 with the 924. At the end of the front-engined water cooled era, the 911 was not dethroned, but the Harm Lagaay designed 968 coupe & convertible gave it a run for its money. In the world of used front-engined Porsches, the 968 offers one of the best driving experiences for the cash. Find this 1992 Porsche 968 Convertible offered for $9,999 in Reno, NV via craigslist.
Production of the 944 at the Audi factory (under contract for Porsche) in Neckarsulm ended in 1992 and Porsche 968 production commenced at the Porsche factory in
Zuffenhausen. However, the 968 was really a continuation of the 944 with components and technology moving to the new chassis. The 968 didn't sell very well due to various reasons, with less than 5000 shipping to North American from 1992 to 1995.
The 968 was only available in the USA with one engine option -- the 3.0 liter dual-over-head-cam 16V inline-4 (an evolution of the 3 liter 944S2 engine) that produced 240 horsepower. The power rating might seem low compared to today's direct injected monsters, but a similar vintage 911 only put 247 horsepower out of its 3.6 liter flat-6 -- and the 968 had one more gear in its 6-speed box.
The 968 offered 2+2 seating on the inside but only small children (or leg-less adults) should ever be shoved into the rear seats. The front seats, however, have plenty of room to store your spare Ducati motorcycle body.
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