North American 968 Cabriolets


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All Porsche 968 cabriolets started life as coupes and were converted into cabriolet form by ASC in Heilbronn Germany. Upon conversion they were shipped back to Zuffenhausen for final assembly alongside the 911 and 928. The 968 was the “entry level” Porsche cabriolet for the 4 years of its production. When it was first introduced in 1992 the 6 speed cab had a base sticker price of $51,000 while the tiptronic was priced at $54,150. Prices increased for the model year 93-95 cabs with the base price increasing to $51,900 for the 6 speed version and $55,050 for the tipronic. North American spec 968 cabriolets were offered with the full range of Porsche factory-based options as well as the exterior and interior color choices. Unlike ROW (Rest of World) 968s, Cabriolets destined for the US were 2 seaters and outfitted with a double glove box/package tray unit where the rear seats would typically be found. The reason for this is that Porsche did not want to go through the trouble of producing a US-mandated 3-point lap belt system for the rear cabriolet passengers. That said, it should be noted that you can still locate the factory installed rear seat belt nuts in the floor of your US-spec 968 cab if you are interested in the popular retrofit. Another interesting note, the 55 North American 968 cabs produced with the Canadian package retained their rear seats!


Production Statistics

Of the 4,242 North American 968s produced, 2,008 of them were cabriolets representing 47% of the NA production run.

Production of the NA 968 cabriolet by model year is listed below:

Model Year Starting VIN Ending VIN Production Total
1992 NS840061 NS840727 667
1993 PS840061 PS840414 354
1994 RS840061 RS840741 681
1995 SS840061 SS840366 306
Total 2008

Porsche reserved the first sixty VINs of each model year series for internal use

 

Production of the North American 968 cabriolet started in September of 1991 and ran through June of 1994. Every one of the 1995 North American 968 cabriolets was originally born a 1994 and produced between February and June of 1994 (see option code 718 explanation on this site). The final North American 968 cabriolet produced, SS840366, was a midnight blue tiptronic car with a marble grey and midnight blue interior and a marble grey top. Carfax indicates the car resides in California.


Transmission Statistics

When reviewing the cabriolet production statistics we see a rise in the number of tiptronic equipped 968s in this body style. No doubt, this reflects the cruising nature that would be more prevalent with the cabriolet buyer. That said, 6 speeds still outsold tips 4 to 1. The base price of the 968 Tiptronic cabriolet  was $55,050 ($54,150 for 1992).

Transmission Type Production Total
6 Speed Manual 1447
Tiptronic 561
Total 2008

 


Sales Market Statistics

The bulk of the North American 968 production was targeted for the United States market. Just 2.75% of the NA production cabriolet run was slated for Canada and were outfitted with a Canadian package. That package included the kilo-speedometer, option code 288 headlight washers, option code 139/340 dual heated seats, and the C36 Canadian emissions package. As mentioned earlier, the Canadian 968 cab was also outfitted with rear seats along with lap belts rather than the double glove box unit seen on US spec cabs. A single NA 968 cabriolet was produced with German spec emissions. Keep in mind that just because a 968 was produced for North America it doesn’t necessarily mean that it was sold in North America. Cars could have remained in Germany or damaged in transit and never sold. That explains why the production data will not balance with the actual PCNA sales data.

Emissions Type Production Total
C02 – US Emissions 1952
C36 – Canadian Emissions 55
C00 – German Emissions 1
Total 2008

 


Exterior Color Statistics

The North American 968 was offered in 33 factory exterior colors over the 4 year production run however 65% of the coupes and 61% of the cabriolets were produced in Black/Red/White reflecting the conservative times of the market. That said, a few of the more “unusual” exterior color 968s were produced including a few rare “color to sample” cars (see the page elsewhere on the site for more information on the color to sample 968s). The production statistical breakdown of the 968 cabriolets by exterior color offering and in order of popularity is provided below. In addition, a photo of a 968 in the corresponding color is included.

Photo (Click to see larger image) Exterior Paint Color Sales Code Paint Code Production #
by popularity
Porsche 968 cabriolet Guards Red Guard’s Red G1 L80K 442
968 cab black Black A1 L700/L741 432
968 cab grand prix white chesnut top Grand Prix White P5 L908 349
968 cab midnight blue Midnight Blue Metallic F8 L37W/L39C 220
968 cab polar silver Polar Silver Metallic A8 L92M 134
968 cab amazon green Amazon Green Metallic N7 L39A 100
968 cab aventurine green metallic Aventurine Metallic K6 L39R/L39S 59
Porsche 968 Cabriolet Slate Grey Metallic Slate Grey Metallic Q9 L22D 47
968 cab horizon blue Horizon Blue Metallic F4 L37X 34
black metallic cab Black Metallic Z8 L738/L746 31
968 cab cobalt blue Cobalt Blue Metallic F6 L37U 27
968 amethyst metallic Amethyst Metallic F9 L38A 22
968 iris blue cab Iris Blue Metallic D3 L39N/L39U 21
Porsche___968_ Oak Green Oak Green Metallic N9 L22L 14
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Wimbledon Green Metallic B5 L23I 12
speed-yellow-968-cab Speed Yellow X4 L12G 10
968 cab coral red Coral Red Metallic G7 L82H 10
968c2sblank Color to sample – Metallic 99 N/A 7
968 cab raspberry Raspberry Red Metallic A7 L82E/L83E 6
968 cab riviera blue Riviera Blue S8 L39E 5
968 cab amaranth violet Amaranth Violet T3 L39D 5
968 cab tahoe blue Tahoe Blue Metallic 58 L37C 3
Zermatt silver coupe1 Zermatt Silver Metallic 55 LY7Y 2
968 cab cassis Cassis Red Metallic 52 L80D 2
C2S venetian blue Venetian Blue 51 L36P 2
968 cab marine blue Marine Blue Metallic 56 L35V 2
968 cab maritime blue Maritime Blue F2 L38B 1
968 cab violet blue Violet Blue Metallic 57 L37E 1
968 cab turquoise Turquoise Metallic 59 L25D/L25C 1
968 cab rubystone red Rubystone Red G4 L82N 1
968 cab mint green Mint Green N4 L22S 1
968c2sblank Color To Sample – Solid 98 N/A 1
968-cab-satin-black Satin Black Metallic 50 LY9Y 1
lagoon Lagoon Green Metallic
(Note: 928 shown)
54 L35Y 0
granite Granite Green Metallic
(Note: 928 shown)
53 L699 0
SAMSUNG Signal Green M1 L22S 0
 Total Produced 2008

 


Cabriolet Top Colors

The North American 968 was offered in seven factory cabriolet top colors over the four year production run. Certain color tops were the standard offerings with a set exterior color. Consult the period factory sales literature for details on the available combinations.

Some interesting North American cabriolet top facts:

  • Of the six North American 968 cabs outfitted with the chestnut brown top, five of them were grand prix white. The sixth car with a chestnut brown top was a “1 of 1” car combined with an exterior color of aventurine metallic and a cashmere and black interior.
  • A cabriolet’s boot color should match the color of the top.

 

  • Porsche offered an X-code option for a cabriolet top boot in full leather (code XP3) for a retail cost of $2,591. There were no takers for this option for the North American cabriolet market.

The production statistical breakdown of the 968 cabriolets by top color offering and in order of popularity is provided below. In addition, a photo of a 968 in the corresponding top color is included. 

 

Photo (Click for larger image) Color Name Color Code Years Available Production #
by Popularity
968 cab rubystone red Black V9 1992-1995 1403
968 cab horizon blue Dark Blue V8 1992-1995 429
968 cab - classic grey top Classic Grey V1 1992-1995 91
 968 cab cobalt blue Cobalt Blue V4 1992-1994 35
Marble Grey V7 1994-1995 26
968 amethyst metallic Magenta V3 1992-1994 18
968 cab grand prix white chesnut top Chesnut Brown V5 1994-1995 6
Total Produced 2008