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Genuine Clubsport Lux (UK Sport model). One of 306 UK-right-hand drive cars Very rare in Riviera Blue set off by Black 17" Porsche 'Cup 2' wheels 107,000 miles. Recent service including belts and tensioners Superb history file. Porsche Certificate of Authenticity Perfect registration number - POR 968S Long-term Porsche devotees will be all too familiar with the 968, introduced to the world back in 1991, and as it turned out, was to be the end of the line for Porsche's enduring front-engined four-cylinder model line. The 968 was developed directly from the 944, which meant adopting its well-honed and well-proven running gear, whilst presenting a fresh design aesthetic that made it feel like a significantly new model. The standard 968 was a great all-round sports car, but as a last ‘hurrah' to this enduring lineage Porsche wanted to create a car tailored more for the pure enthusiast and, in particular, one that would excel in competition. In late 1992, the 968 ‘Club Sport' was introduced and, whilst it was mechanically identical to the standard 968 and shared the same 3.0-litre engine (producing 225lb-ft of torque and 240bhp) and 6-speed gearbox, it differed in a number of important ways. This track-focused run-out model adopted the philosophy of ‘less is more' by removing all luxury-related equipment from the basic build specification. With the no-frills approach, less weight, and clever suspension, Porsche could now focus media attention on the Club Sport's fast road and track abilities. As soon as the press got hold of the Club Sport and discovered what a brilliant drivers' car it was, the credibility of the 968 went through the roof. Even Walter Röhrl reckoned it was the best handling car that Porsche made. The CS achieved a 'Performance Car of The Year' award in 1993 from Performance Car magazine in the UK. In total, just 1,923 CS examples were produced worldwide, of which only 179 were UK right-hand drive models, making the Club Sport a very rare Porsche indeed. There has been, over the years, a misconception in the motoring press that Club Sports are only Club Sports if they have bucket-seats, wind-up windows, no sunroof, manual hatch, etc., however, the Club Sport was available to order with any number of options - and indeed it frequently was. It's very common to see Club Sports with Recaro cloth comfort sport front seats, electric windows, sunroof, air conditioning, and even rear seats whilst still sporting the 'Club Sport' badge - especially in parts of Europe and Australia. Presented here is a UK-supplied ‘C16' 1994 Porsche 968 Sport assembled on the infamous Club Sport production line in Zuffenhausen. This car is one of only 306 Sport models produced for the UK market during 1994 and 1995 forming part of the production run of the Club Sport model produced by Porsche. Badged as a ‘968 Sport' in the UK, all are genuine ‘P35 ClubSports' and this car is badged as such, with the Luxury Package option which included; electric windows, rear seats, sunroof and other refinements. In addition, the car comes with the original sought after black 17" Porsche Cup II wheels, reduced Radio preparation (a period Blaupunkt 'quick pull-out' radio cassette is still fitted, that was ideal for quick removal to save weight on trackdays), mechanically adjustable lightweight black fabric factory seats, specific to Clubsport Lux models front and rear and black body trim decals. Supplied with a comprehensive service history comprising of twenty-three service stamps from both Official Porsche Centre's and marque specialists, a binder bursting with reassuring notable invoices along with the leather Porsche document folder, owner's manual, most of the original factory brochures, original tool kit, compressor and two keys this 968 is unable to hide its pampered life. Reassuringly, the all import timing belt, tensioners and water pump were changed in the last 18months, with less than 1,000 miles use since. Finished in its original colour combination of Riviera Blue Porsche with a black fabric Recaro cord seats which present in impeccable condition, this provides the perfect environment to enjoy the six-speed gearbox, the rev hungry four pot motor and the exceptional levels of grip offered by the composed chassis and fresh Michelin Sport road tyres. Now showing 107,000 miles and supplied with a UK V5c bearing apt plate ‘POR 968S' these wonderful car were declared by Walter Rohrl as being ‘the best handling car that Porsche made.'