6 speed D1R Supercharged Cabriolet
- Location: Charleston, South Carolina, United States
- Make: Porsche
- Model: 968
- Type: Convertible
- Year: 1994
- Mileage: 103,756
- VIN: WP0CA296XRS840530
- Color: Black
- Engine size: 3.0L
- Number of cylinders: 4
- Power options: Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Power Locks, Power Windows, Power Seats
- Fuel: Gasoline
- Transmission: Manual
- Drive type: RWD
- Interior color: Tan
- Drive side: Left-hand drive
- Safety options: Anti-Lock Brakes, Driver Airbag, Passenger Airbag
- Vehicle Title: Clear
- Options: CD Player, Convertible, Leather Seats
1994 Porsche 968 overview
This 1994 Porsche 968 Cabriolet is a six-speed manual equipped example ofthe final evolution of Porsche’s four cylinder front engine design. a Supercharged 3.0L DOHC inline-four, the car has 104k miles and benefits from a timing belt within a couple thousand miles, a new clutch with the last one thousand miles, and a CARB approved Supercharger system. With nicecosmetics, along with a fresh top and working A/C, this car is a nice driver. I am the 3rd owner of the car and have had it for the past 12 years. I have been driving it less and less lately since the clutch started bothering my knee. I have since purchased a Cayman S with a PDK and also have a 928, so it's time for the 968 to move on to someone that can better enjoy it then me.
The car has had a number of modifications over the years. The chassis modifications consists of Koni Yellow shocks on all four corners, M030 sway bars front and back, KLA sway bar braces in the front, Design 1 Racing strut tower brace, D1R lower suspension brace, D1R firewall brace, D1R chassis brace (roll bar), stainless brake lines, slotted rotors, and Porterfield R4S brake pads.
The engine modifications consists of the cam cover and intake powder coated, new fuel lines, exhaust heat shield, Design 1 Racing Supercharger (Stage 3), (CARB approved, yes this is CA smog able), RSBarn cat bat exhaust, in prep for the SC the head was freshened and a Cometic MLS head gasket installed.
Exterior modifications include an original Techart decklid spoiler, Techart wind screen, D1R front splitter, and Porsche Speedline rims which are wrapped in Continental DW's with good tread..
The interior hasn’t been changed much, it has an aftermarket Alpine radio, it plays MP3 CD’s, has an IPOD connection and a AUX input headphone cord. Also attached to the radio is a pair of marine JBL 8” Subwoofers powered by an amp in the rear cubby in the trunk, the subs are placed in the rear storage compartment. When I bought the car it already had the holes cut into the rear cubby with just grills over the holes and no speakers, so I didn’t have much choice in adding subs to the cars, either put them in, leave them blank or replace the cubby. I also added an extra factory switch in the center console which is tied to a garage door opener, so it looks like a factory option garage door opener. I also installed a keyless entry module so I can lock and unlock the doors and open the trunk from a key fob. I had plans to personalize the interior more, I was envisioning changing the carpet to black for a two tone interior and converting the seats to sport seats and recovering them in two tone, black bolsters and original tan for the rest, and a 968 club sport steering wheel, but that hasn’t happened.
No real issues with it, the seat bolsters are showing some wear that comes with a 100k car but no rips, the carpet has faded in some areas (convertible). The convertible top was replaced when I got the car, but the seals are original, if you're in a real driving downpour rain some will come in at the corners, it may just need some adjustments since the top was replaced, normal rain it has no issues with. Also the convertible top is in manual mode instead of the power mode. The convertible top has two motors that must be in perfect sync otherwise it will break a very expensive and hard to find support bow, I had that happen on the day I got the car. It's actually quicker and easier in manual mode since you have to get out anyways to put a towel in the plastic window fold to keep it from scratching and then put the boot on the top. The dash is in better shape than I have seen on most cars, it some small waves at the defroster vents and a little cracking on top of the instrument pod. The steering wheel is in good shape the only issue is the very top that sits in the sun, it has some sun wear there. It’s been like that since I bought it 12 years ago. It’s been stored in a conditioned garage and had a sun shade in the window when it’s parked outside since I've owned it. I have never replaced the oil pan gasket and it weeps a little like they all do with age, nothing major, but the power steering definitely doesn't leak, I got that sorted. I just want to be as honest as I can about the car.
The only red flag on the car is a past accident on the carfax, the title is still clear. I was assaulted by a minivan on the way to a Porsche Club Christmas party back in 2011. The damage wasn't that bad, I actually drove on to the party afterwards, I put a picture of it below. The brunt of it went to the bumper shock and then to the fender. The fender was dented and the bumper cover scratched up, the fog light and turn signal also broken, but the headlight was untouched. They had good insurance and I took advantage of that, I ordered all new Porsche parts from the dealer, new fender, bumper cover, bumper shock, turn signal, two new fog lights, bumperette, and lower grill. I had the whole front end repainted so it all matched and to freshen it up, I also had the rockers repainted at the same time, (rock chips). The painter I used was a former Porsche employee that was factory trained in Stuttgart and worked at the former Porsche Delivery Center in Charleston as a painter for the cars that came thru and needed repairs or repaints. After all that was done I had the whole front end covered in a clear bra back to the doors.
The paint shows really well, the black paint is as clear as can be and without swirl marks common to black cars. The road rash is contained to the front splitter, which being so low sees a lot of rocks; I had thoughts of wrapping it in black and putting a clear bra on it. The other area is right behind the doors where it sticks out some, I have touched it up pretty well and buffed it out and it presents pretty well now. The front end is of course perfect since I had a clear bra installed after the front end was repainted. I still consider it a driver as all Porsche’s should be instead of a garage queen, it has of course been in many local shows and recently the Hilton Head Concours d’Elegance for their 50th Anniversary of Porsche exhibition.
I have a lot of records and receipts for the car since I bought it; most all the work on the car while it was in my care was done by me. It’s a very well maintained car, I enjoyed working on it and probably replaced things just for the fun of it instead of it actually needing. I’ve probably replaced every sensor in the engine bay including the AFM while tracking down some little thing that annoyed me here or there. It’s really a turnkey car that is just looking for a new owner that can drive her more. All the major things in the car have already been replaced, clutch, power steering rack and hoses, starter, alternator, head gasket, cam chain, belts, distributor cap housing, shocks, motor mounts, brakes, etc etc, it really is ready to go.
Some words on the supercharger kit.
Everyone knows how well the 968 behaves and handles. Everyone knows how well appointed the car is, and how much fun it is to own. Invariably though, most owners seek more power, which is why I now have the supercharger on the car.
The power produced is significant. You will find it to be nearly seamless in how it works almost V6 like now. It may even seem disturbingly tame at times. That is, until you look down at the speedometer. You will no longer have the sudden surge at a little over 4k rpm that the car used to have. Instead it will come on much lower and more smoothly, and may sneak up on you.
I have the stage 3 kit installed which provides even more torque down low and safer up top with slightly larger injectors and more fuel pressure and the tuning that comes with that. The kit only produces a very conservative 5lbs of boost so it's very easy on the motor, but still able to produce 305 hp and 300 lb/ft.
The kit installed is from Design 1 Racing out of California, it is the only kit for the 968 that was fully tested, tuned, and CARB certified. Extensive DYNO tuning time was spent on making it perfect and well mannered. The designer even went as far and to the expense in getting it fully CARB certified so it can be smogged in CA. I was the first person to install the kit after it was released and I worked with its creator a lot on its setup and design, so I'm pretty well versed in the kit. There are now 60 968's out on the road with the kit installed and all are doing well and providing endless smiles for its owners.
I’ve tried to be as honest about that car as I can, I’m a long time PCA member and well known in the 968 community. If you have any questions on the car, please feel free to ask.
Enjoy the pics below, just click on them for a bigger version.
For reference this was the extent of the accident damage, the bumper was scratched up and the fender dented, but all was replaced with new parts from Porsche and painted by a Porsche factory trained painter.