Back in the late 80s, Porsche was not the sales juggernaut it is today. In fact, the automaker was struggling to sell their 944 S2 and in need of a new entry-level model. Introduced nearly 10 years earlier, the 944 was an evolution of the 924, which had kicked off a series of water-cooled, front-engined sports cars. Initially, executives planned to create a 944 S3. However, after 80 percent of the outgoing 944 components were modified or replaced during development, a new name was deemed necessary. And so, the 968 was born.
Produced from 1992 to 1995, the 968 was a relatively low-production vehicle with fewer than 5,000 coupes and convertibles sold in North America. Under the hood was the most powerful 4-cylinder at the time, a 3.0L example with VarioCam variable valve timing making 236 horsepower. Outside, it resembled a top-spec 928 with exposed pop-up headlights and integrated front bumper, a look that would eventually end up on the 993-generation 911. As the culmination of a vehicle line started nearly 20 years earlier, the 968 is a flat-out cool car with a great fastback profile and athletic stance.