The Porsche 968 was the final evolution of the watercooled front-engine Prickmobile that started with the Porsche 924 back in 1976. It didn't have the sonorous V8 of the 928, but it had cleaner styling and swooping headlight design inspired by the Porsche 959 supercar, except they popped up and 9 out of 10 DTer's agree that pop-up lights are awesome. Find this 1993 Porsche 968 Coupe here on eBay bidding for $15,100 with 4 days to go, located in Portland, OR.
Building a great sports car is a bit like breeding the next American Pharoah, you start with a bunch of heffers, send the losers to the glue factory and keep breeding the best together. In the case of the 968, the lineage includes the
1976 Porsche 924 that made 95 horsepower and shared an engine with the
Audi 100 & AMC Gremlin. More mule than thoroughbred, the 924 lived
for many years - even sharing a stable with is Porsche engined foal -
the 944 - from 1982-1988. The 944 was sent to the glue factory before
the birth of the 968 in 1992 - and it can probably be said with
confidence that the 968 is the best of the front engined Poroughbreds.
Speaking of "factories," the 968 was the first of the 924/944 line to be
built in a Porsche factory - the previous breeds being assembled at an Audi
plant under contract from Porsche AG.
Power in this 48k mile example (sold by a reseller who claims it had only one prior owner) comes from a 3.0 liter DOHC inline 4 cylinder engine making 236 horsepower and 225
ft-lbs of torque. The 968's inline-4 is noted for its enormous cylinders (it was the second
largest 4 cylinder engine in a production engine from any manufacturer
at that time), but don't think the 968 engine belongs in a John Deere. It's actually a nice oversquare
design that revvs freely to its redline and is mated to a 6 speed manual transaxle out back.
See a better low mile, 6-speed equipped Porsche for sale? Send it here: firstname.lastname@example.org