This is part eight of a ten part series about 10 Porsches that are currently within a reasonable budget, but that may become very valuable in the future. In part one we covered the Porsche 911 SC, in part two we covered the 911 Carrera 3.2, in part three we covered the 911 (993), in part four we covered the 911 (964), in part five we covered the 912, in part six we covered the 914 and in part seven we covered the 928. In this post we will cover the Porsche 968.
Below is the list of Porsches that will be covered in other posts. Please note that the order of the Porsches in the below list is the order that they will be covered, but not necessarily the order of what is more likely to become valuable.
- Porsche 911 SC
- Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2
- Porsche 911 (993)
- Porsche 911 (964)
- Porsche 912
- Porsche 914
- Porsche 928
- Porsche 968
- Porsche 944
- Porsche 924
The Porsche 968 is probably the best front engined four-cylinder production car that Porsche has ever made. The car was originally going to be the 944 S3, but the German car maker decided that it was different enough that it needed its own model. The car’s production was short lived with it only being produced from 1992 – 1995 to make way for the Boxster.
While the car was supposedly 80% new, it looked a lot like the 944 except for the front which looked more like a cross between a 911 and a 928. The 968 did have some important technology that was introduced including VarioCam. This allowed for the updated 3.0-liter engine from the 944 S2 to put out more power when pushed thanks to the variable valve timing. The normally aspirated version of the car put out a strong 236 horsepower.
The regular 968 is a great performing car and there was also a light weight Club Sport version available as well as a couple of very rare turbo versions (just a handful of Turbo S and Turbo RS models were every produced). The model was also offered in a convertible version to allow for great open aired driving. The interior is very similar to the later 944 models, which also added to the thinking of many that the car was basically a revamped 944.
The Porsche 968 is a desirable car that is actually fairly rare because of the cars limited production. Worldwide there were only about 12,500 cars produced from 1992-1995. Of this less than 5,000 made it to North America.
Because of the cars relative rarity and good performance expect to pay between $10,000 – $20,000 (we’ve even seen some asking as much as $50,000, but that is for an incredibly low mileage model) for a good car depending on the year and condition. These cars are more complex to work on than the earlier 944s, so a well maintained car is a must. Also, look for a car that has the manual transmission as it will likely be worth more than cars with the Tiptronic transmission. As with any used Porsche make sure to get a Pre-Purchase Inspection to make sure you are buying a good car.
With the fact that there are a relatively low number of cars and that prices appear to have evened out we think the 968 is one to watch. While its front engine design will keep some collectors away from it, as more and more people get used to a Porsche that offers SUVs and Sedans, these cars will be more appreciated. Look for prices to start to rise slowly over the next few years and if enough people start to look to buy them they will start raising sharply.
No matter if the Porsche 968 goes up in value or not, you will be buying arguably the best front-engined four cylinder car ever made by the company (and if you go mainly by performance, the best four-cylinder car that Porsche has ever made).
Let us know what you think of the Porsche 968 in the comments below.
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