So far, so very easy. But until now the car has had one problem I have been unable to fix. At some stage during its quiet recent years, some rodents broke in and held a party in the cabin. Thoughtfully they only gnawed one hole in each seat but, perhaps less considerately, they worked around the car making sure all four seats had patches of foam showing through the fabric before departure. Naively, and because it had been so simple for Porsche to supply the rear screen surround, I thought a new roll of material could just be ordered from Porsche too. Not so. The screen trim is a part common to 924s, 944s and 968s of which many thousand remain. The cloth upholstery however is unique to the 968 Sport of which a grand total of just 306 were built, and I guess a sizeable chunk of those have disappeared now too. Demand is limited to say the least.
Porsche itself was unable to help. When the car went to Dick Lovett’s Porsche Swindon dealership, an officially appointed ‘Classic’ centre for factory-approved restorations, they too drew a blank. I know plenty of people in the Porsche business and most I spoke to shrugged and said ‘have you tried Ebay?’ I had, and to no avail.