Bland Black: 1994 Porsche 968 Cabriolet 5-Speed 67K – Sold?

by | Apr 2024 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Sports Car Saturday

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April 20, 2024 Update – While the seller’s Craiglist ad link still works, it appears they saved five dollars by replacing the Porsche 968 featured in this blog post with a 1990 944 S2 with only 15K miles.  Consequently we’re assuming this 968 is now sold.

Through the Porsche Club of America, I’ve had the privilege to meet many knowledgeable marque enthusiasts and restorers.  It’s always interesting to see what Porsches they prefer driving.  One couple in particular really stands out. They are legendary experts on the proper restoration of vintage air-cooled Porsche 911s and 356s. With the explosion of vintage 356 prices a few years ago, they realized their long-term 356 cabriolet had become almost too valuable to continue driving regularly.  They elected to take advantage of a hot market and sold what was a nicely maintained, driver-quality 356 and sold it.

What did they replace their 356 with? A stunning Porsche 968 Cabriolet.  When I asked the couple why they chose the 968 they quoted three reasons. The first is long distance comfort.  Compared to the cramped 356, a 968 Cabriolet is a much more comfortable car that offers a tremendous amount of usable luggage space as well as decent air conditioning.  The second is rarity.  The couple pointed out that the 968 was a poor seller for Porsche when new.  Porsche only produced 4,374 968 Cabriolets from 1992 to 1995, making them one of the rarest of the marques’ cars.  Rarity equals price stability, especially now that the enthusiast world is finally embracing these cars. The third is price.  While prices of quality 968s are on the rise, they remain a relative bargain compared to an air cooled 993 911 from the early 1990s.

During the 968’s production run, Porsche elected to offer some wild colors; a search of The Porsche Club of America’s Rennbow Color Chart  will confirm that.  Those colors aren’t for everyone, so for the more discerning buyer this Black Over Tan 1994 Porsche 968 Cabriolet for sale, last spotted on Craigslist on Long Island in April 2024 might be a more appealing option.  Not only does this example feature the desirable five-speed manual, but the owner documents extensive recent maintenace updates that should give potential buyers confidence.

Lastoffered for $26,800, Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask is on the high side of this guide’s rolling six-month results for all Porsche 968 Cabriolets sold at auction or retail during that time frame.  By clicking on the green dots in the graph below, you can get a sense of what comparable examples sold for recently:

As a second data point, the  Old Cars Weekly Online Price Guide reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #3 “Very Good” estimate of $18,000 and its #2 “Fine” appraisal of $28,000.

The 1994 Porsche 968 Cabriolet stands as a testament to the brand’s commitment to engineering excellence and timeless design. Representing the pinnacle of Porsche’s 944 lineage, the 968 Cabriolet seamlessly blends performance, luxury, and open-air driving exhilaration. From its meticulously crafted exterior to its finely tuned powertrain and chassis, every aspect of the 968 Cabriolet reflects Porsche’s dedication to creating an extraordinary driving experience.

At the heart of the 968 Cabriolet lies a 3.0-liter inline-four engine, a marvel of Porsche engineering. This engine features an advanced 16-valve DOHC (Double Overhead Camshaft) configuration, which optimizes airflow and fuel delivery for maximum power output and efficiency. With a compression ratio of 11.0:1, this engine generates an impressive 236 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 225 lb-ft of torque at 4,100 rpm. This robust powerplant propels the 968 Cabriolet from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds and allows for a top speed of 156 mph.

The engine’s performance is further enhanced by Porsche’s innovative VarioCam variable valve timing system, which adjusts intake camshaft timing for improved low-end torque and high-end power delivery. This technology ensures exhilarating acceleration and responsive throttle response across the rev range.

To transmit power to the rear wheels with precision and efficiency, the 968 Cabriolet is equipped with a sophisticated six-speed manual transmission. Renowned for its short, precise throws and seamless gear changes, this transmission enables drivers to extract the full potential of the engine while enjoying an engaging driving experience.

Complementing its impressive powertrain, the 968 Cabriolet features a lightweight and rigid chassis constructed from high-strength steel and aluminum components. This advanced chassis design provides exceptional torsional rigidity, enhancing stability and responsiveness during spirited driving maneuvers. Additionally, the Cabriolet’s suspension system employs MacPherson struts at the front and a multi-link setup at the rear, tuned to deliver a perfect balance of comfort and agility.

The 968 Cabriolet’s exterior design is a study in aerodynamic elegance, with sleek lines and sculpted curves that exude timeless sophistication. The convertible top, crafted from high-quality fabric, seamlessly integrates with the bodywork when retracted, preserving the car’s clean and uncluttered silhouette. Optional features such as the iconic “Turbo Twist” alloy wheels and a rear spoiler further enhance the Cabriolet’s visual appeal while improving aerodynamic efficiency.

Inside the cabin, the 968 Cabriolet offers a luxurious and driver-focused environment designed to enhance the driving experience. Premium materials such as supple leather upholstery and genuine wood trim adorn the interior, creating an ambiance of refined elegance. The ergonomically designed cockpit puts all essential controls within easy reach of the driver, ensuring intuitive operation and maximum convenience.

Technological innovations abound in the 968 Cabriolet, with features such as power-adjustable seats, automatic climate control, and a premium sound system enhancing comfort and convenience for both driver and passengers. Safety is also a top priority, with standard features including anti-lock brakes, dual front airbags, and a reinforced passenger compartment designed to provide maximum protection in the event of a collision.

In conclusion, the 1994 Porsche 968 Cabriolet represents the pinnacle of Porsche’s engineering prowess and dedication to crafting extraordinary automobiles. With its powerful engine, precise handling, and timeless design, the 968 Cabriolet offers a driving experience that is as exhilarating as it is refined. Whether cruising along scenic coastal roads or tackling twisty mountain passes, the 968 Cabriolet delivers pure driving pleasure with every mile.

The Motorweek Retro Review Channel features their 1992 test of the then all-new Porsche 968 Cabriolet:

Based on the pictures, this Black over tan 1994 Porsche 968 Cabriolet for sale appears to be a nicely maintained survivor-quality example. With nearly twenty thousand dollars worth of key service completed and a fresh set of tires, the buyer of this rare 1990s Porsche can spend the balance of 2024 enjoying their new purchase without needing any scheduled maintenance any time soon. Personally, we would spend spend time addressing what appear to be paint chips on the front bumper as well as addressing the slightly worn driver’s seat bolster. That however, is this author’s Concours mindset coming out on what is a very clean example of a 968 Cabriolet.

If you are serious about buying this 968 Cabriolet for sale, you can start the conversation by using the contact information provided by the seller in their Craigslist ad.  When you connect, please mention that you saw their rare Porsche featured here on GuysWithRides.com. Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1994 Porsche 968 Cabriolet – 67k miles, Black with a Cashmere/Black Interior and Brown top, 6 speed manual, original paint, no damage or accidents, excellent condition for age and mileage. Extensive service history ($18k spent in the last 2k miles) timing belt, balance shaft belt, water pump, rollers etc, clutch, flywheel, rms, drive belts, filters, spark plugs, front and rear struts, suspension bushings, tires (Yokohama Advan Sport A/S in correct sizes 225 and 255), engine mounts, wheel alignment, front brake pads, battery, convertible top and rear window, modern Blaupunkt radio with blue tooth and many other things, refinished factory cup one wheels (17×7.5 and 17×9). Everything works, no issues or needs a sorted example ready to be enjoyed.
Manuals, two keys, service records, tools, tonneau cover, air compressor.

Additional pictures upon request – located on Long Island – serious buyers please – thanks.”

Show or go: What would you do with this thoroughly maintained 1994 Porsche 968 Cabriolet for sale? Please comment below and let us know!

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