1992 Porsche 968 Convertible. (source: Porsche)
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The Porsche 968 Convertible is one of five 968s produced from 1992 to 1995. They include the 968 Coupe, the 968 Sport - introduced in 1994, the 968 Club Sport - introduced in 1993, the 968 Turbo S - introduced in 1993, and of course, the 968 Convertible.
The Porsche 968 is the last rendition of the first generation 924 introduced in 1977, followed by the 928 in 1978, and then the 944 in 1983.
The 968 was powered by an updated version of the 944's straight-4 engine, now displacing 3.0 L and producing 240 bhp. 4389 cabriolets were produced, of which 2248 were sold in the USA.
The successor to the Porsche 944 was advertised in German magazines using the slogan "The old dream of a sports car – the new Porsche 968".
It rolled off the production line in Zuffenhausen as a Coupé and Cabriolet variant from July 1991 – as the promising continuation of the transaxle model range in the four-cylinder car segment. It was granted a particularly lavish premiere in Great Britain, with numerous prominent guests attending the event at Porsche Cars Great Britain. The Intelsat 2 television satellite enabled the premiere to be relayed live to large screens at all 26 British Porsche Centres.
The car's new design was the focus of attention. "Now it has the typical Porsche face," commented then Porsche boss Arno Bohn on the car's front view, which was somewhat reminiscent of the Porsche 928. The interior offered passengers the customary hallmarks of Porsche quality: "High-quality materials, meticulous workmanship down to the last detail, an air of luxury", noted the German magazine auto motor and sport.
The Stuttgart-based magazine noted the following with regard to the revised four-cylinder engine with variable camshaft control, whose 305 Nm made it the highest-torque naturally aspirated engine in its class: "It offers excellent performance, responds well to the accelerator, remains virtually free of vibrations thanks to two balancer shafts and is low on fuel consumption."
The 968 had more to offer than a new outfit and a refined engine, however, the press release emphasizing further merits as follows: "The chassis designed for perfect road contact, the race track-tested brake system, the airbags which come as standard for the driver and passenger and the optimised body structure demonstrate the high standard of active and passive safety".
Austrian journalist Gerhard Plattner left buyers in no doubt as to the reliability and durability of this new member of the Porsche family, immediately putting the 968 through an endurance test covering 100 000 kilometres in 100 days, at the end of which he confirmed that "the 968 ran without the slightest problem in the toughest conditions." His test car was fitted with the four-speed Tiptronic transmission, which was available as an option alongside the new six-speed transmission.
This stunning 968 was available for sale on eBay.
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