In the realm of Porsche ownership, where 911 prices have skyrocketed (Ruf, anyone?), enthusiasts are on the lookout for any remnants of affordable luxury sporting the iconic Stuttgart crest. The era of the “Poor Man’s Porsche” seems to be fading, although the prospect of snagging a slightly worn Boxster remains conceivable. So, why not revel in your non-911 Porsche acquisition by opting for a distinctive choice that vividly broadcasts your taste to the world?
Enter the spotlight-grabbing Porsche 968 in a striking shade of bright pink, currently awaiting new ownership through an auction on Bring A Trailer—an automotive platform affiliated with Hearst Autos, akin to Car and Driver. Piloting this front-engine, rear-transaxle Porsche requires a certain flair, but for those who possess it, the driving experience promises to be nothing short of delightful.
This particular Porsche 968 boasts a color code of G4/L82N, reportedly a unique one-year-only offering on the model. The hue made its debut on the 964 series 911s, a nostalgic nod to an era when cars were unabashedly adorned in technicolor. Ah, the days when vibrant automotive choices were the norm.
Originating from Japan, a nation unafraid of embracing pink automobiles, this 968 stands out. Notably, Subaru’s STI performance division proudly features a pink color as its official emblem, and Toyota once marketed a premium pink version of the Toyota Crown Athlete (akin to the Lexus GS). The car’s vibrant history aligns perfectly with its eye-catching exterior.
The Porsche 968, an evolution of the 944, shares a kinship with its predecessor but refines the formula. Boasting nearly equal front-rear weight distribution courtesy of a rear transaxle, a robust 3.0-liter four-cylinder engine churning out 236 horsepower at 6200 rpm, and a svelte curb weight under 3100 pounds, the 968 is a testament to Porsche’s commitment to performance. Even rallying legend, Walter Rörhl hailed the Club Sport version of the 968 as the best-handling Porsche ever.
This particular specimen showcases a mere 55,000 miles on the odometer, with recent maintenance, including the replacement of the transmission, flywheel, and clutch. As a Japanese-spec variant, it exhibits unique features such as a recessed hood badge and the absence of a sunroof, all while maintaining a left-hand drive configuration.
Photographs from the listing, hosted by a Massachusetts dealer, suggest the possibility of another 968 in the same vibrant hue. Yet, the chances of encountering a similar spectacle on the road, even amidst the grandeur of Porsche gatherings during Monterey Car Week, are exceedingly slim. If you emerge as the triumphant bidder for this brilliantly colored coupe, you’re destined to stand out in a crowd dominated by silver and Guards Red Porsches.
As the auction draws to a close on December 26, the opportunity to make this uniquely pink Porsche 968 yours awaits.