Yes, it's another in my occasional series of 'Porsches I should have bought a few years back', this week's featured star being the 968 Club Sport off the back of a meeting with an incredibly rare turbocharged evolution of it now for sale down the road from where I grew up in North Yorkshire. Yes, just a couple of miles from the house in which I pored over magazines full of Porsches is a dealership specialising in the very rarest examples of the breed, the 968 Turbo RS I went to see one of just four built and advertised at a burly £750,000. That a transaxle Porsche can now command a comparable price to the rarest and most desirable of 911s is significant.
Quite a thing it is too. Suitably inspired as soon as I got home I was hitting the classifieds looking for the – currently – still relatively attainable 'regular' 968. Prices for the desirable Club Sport version with its simplified spec, fixed back Recaro seats, track-ready suspension and lightened kerbweight are on the up. Most are advertised at a speculative POA or lining up for the auctioneer's hammer in hope of emulating some of the 911 craziness like the £1.8m someone recently paid for a 993 GT2.
Even the UK-only Sport versions - basically a Club Sport with a few creature comforts added back in - are now hitting £30K or so, indicating the days of the cheap 968 are already gone. For its £22K asking price and its unusual but rather attractive (to my eyes) Amaranth Violet paintwork this Sport is doubly appealing, that colour reminiscent of the current 991 GT3 RS's signature Ultra Violet.