This is a brilliant driver quality 968 Club Sport for an enthusiast who enjoys driving. It is cosmetically original with no corrosion and is mechanically excellent.
The coil over suspension is tuned and damped for fast mountain roads with roll and diving well controlled. Steering has linear feedback through the aftermarket Momo steering wheel and the car is far easier to place precisely than 911s of that era due to the engine transaxle arrangement and resulting nearly perfect weight distribution and low center of gravity. Brakes are confidence-inspiring. You can brake hard and late and carry speed through curves without concern of snap oversteer. When the break happens it is predictable and controllable.
Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires were fitted in late 2019 and pair well with the 968 Club Sport spec Cup 2 wheels on the car.
There were only 1923 Club Sports constructed between 1993 and 1995. Even by Porsche standards this is a fairly rare car.
I imported this car from Japan in 2019. The car has 78000km on the odometer. I have replaced the original Japanese metric instrumentation (included in the sale) with North American specification so the car reads speed in mph and km/h. The odometer was set to the equivalent distance in miles. I am American and intended to return with this car to the USA. I am selling this car to continue funding of several other restoration projects.
I have steadily improved the car over the past 20 months. Any worn or damaged parts were replaced (for example the lower control arms, which are unique to the Club Sport with extra brake ventilation scoops).
A major timing service was recently performed (new timing belt, serpentine belt, water pump, distributor, all fluids and filters sourced from Porsche). The engine pulls strong and the car will achieve its posted top speed.
As noted, this is a Japanese specification 968 Club Sport. Japanese Club Sports did not come with the desirable M030 suspension and brake upgrades. I wanted to achieve the same or better than M030 performance and the following was installed:
I installed a lightweight Bluetooth Radio. Sound quality is average. With little sound deadening in the bodyshell Club Sports aren’t music halls.
The underbody aerodynamic trim on this car is all present and correct.
Some history of the Club Sport: from 1993 through 1995, Porsche offered a lighter-weight “Club Sport” version of the 968 designed for enthusiasts seeking increased track performance. Much of the 968’s luxury-oriented equipment was removed or taken off the options list; less sound deadening material was used, upgraded stereo systems, A/C and sunroof were still optional as on the standard Coupe and Convertible models. Porsche installed manually adjustable lightweight Recaro racing seats, a revised suspension system optimized and lowered by 20 mm for possible track use, 17-inch wheels (also slightly wider to accommodate wider tyres) rather than the 16-inch as found on the Coupe and wider tyres, 225 front and 255 rear rather than 205 and 225 respectively. The four-spoke airbag steering wheel was replaced with a thicker-rimmed three-spoke sports steering wheel with no airbag, heated washer jets were replaced with non heated, vanity covers in the engine bay were deleted, as was the rear wiper. The Club Sport has no rear seats.
Club Sport models were only available in Grand Prix White, Black, Speed yellow, Guards Red, Riviera Blue or Maritime Blue exterior colors. Seat backs were color-coded to the body.
Club Sport decals were standard in either black, red or white but there was a ‘delete’ option.
All Club Sports had black interiors with the 944 S2 door cards. Due to the reduction in the number of electrical items the wiring loom was reduced in complexity which saved weight and also the battery was replaced with a smaller one, again reducing weight.
The Club Sport variant achieved a ‘Performance Car Of The Year’ award in 1993 from Performance Car magazine in the UK.
Club Sport models were only officially available in the UK, Europe, Japan & Australia. The declared weight of the 968 CS is 1,320 kg (2,910 lb), ~100 kg (220 lb) lighter than the regular 968.
Acceleration from a standstill to 97 km/h (60 mph) takes 5.6 seconds and top speed is 260 km/h (162 mph). I can attest that this car will achieve that top speed.