I heard a rumour today suggesting my 968 Turbo RS may have been "reborn" from another 968, so I want to clarify this is not correct. As the previous photos I have posted here show the car was stripped down to a bare shell and all previous accident damaged repaired or replaced with new parts wherever possible, but the majority of the car is still original. But I can understand why there may be some confusion around this because I do currently own 2 other 968’s, which I did originally buy with the intent of using parts to repair the RS, but fate intervened. Grab a beer and read on as this story is sillier than fiction! Roll back to May 2015 when the 968 RS and myself were involved in the accident that eventually led to its restoration. After the accident I considered parting the car out as there was considerable interest from buyers in Australia and overseas for many of its unique RS parts. But that made me realise it was probably more valuable if restored, and by this point 968 prices had also started to rise, especially for CS models on which this car is based. So knowing I was going to need quite a few parts to restore it I decided to buy another damaged or worn out 968 as a donor. I started watching Carsales and quickly found one advertised in country Victoria that looked unloved and was a low price. I spoke to the owner who explained he'd had it for 10+ years and driven into the ground. It was now sitting in his barn (no joke) alongside an equally trashed 944. He didn't know much about its history but wanted to make sure I understood it didn't have a sunroof as that was obviously something that had put other buyers off. No sunroof I thought.... hmmm so that means it was either a special order 968 with sunroof delete option, or...... a CS in disguise! It wasn’t advertised or badged as a CS so curiosity got the better of me and I checked the VIN and bingo, it was an Aus delivered 1994 968 CS. Needless to say I went to inspect the car the next day (a 3 hour drive to Timboon) and purchased it on the spot. But it really is in sad condition, having been resprayed badly at some point in time, plus engine did not sound good and the interior is pretty trashed. It also had a rats nest in the engine bay, yuck! I managed to get it going and drove it back to Melbourne, it is now in storage awaiting a future restoration. Below is a photo of the RS and CS together today to dispel any reborn rumors. On the right is the restored RS Turbo (#815299), car on the left is the CS (#815252). But wait, there’s more! After the CS “disaster” I decided to look for another 968 and found a regular 1992 model in Sydney for a good price. It was a pretty drab grey car that had been imported from the UK and didn't seem all that special, so I didn’t feel guilty about parting it out to fix the RS and CS. So I flew to Sydney to inspect and was pleasantly surprised by how nice it looked in the flesh and how well it drove. It also came with all the tools, books, records and receipts dating back to when it was sold new. The wife and I drove it back and by the time we reached Melbourne I had already decided the car was too good to destroy so turned it into my daily driver instead. So end of story you think….. no not quite! In June this year while on a business trip to the UK and I went to the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart. I arrived early as the museum opened and one of the cars I noticed immediately was a 968 CS cabriolet prototype that had just been added to the display that day. There were a couple of museum people there wiping it down who I spoke with and they were very interested in my 968 RS. They had heard about the 4 RS’s built in Australia but knew less than I did about the history, so we exchange email addresses and I followed up with what I knew which they were able to confirm. Always nice when the factory checks your facts! They also checked the history of the other 2 968’s and to my surprise the 1992 car turned out to be a 1991 show car, and was resold “new” in 1992. It was built in July 1991, which is well before production of RHD 968’s commenced and was sent to Japan, before coming back to the factory for (presumably) a clean up, before being sold to its first owner in the UK in 1992 along with a 10 year warranty. Upon closer inspection it is very original and does have traces of what appear to be “trial and error” fitting of some parts and cryptic hand-written scribbles on various internals of the chassis and trim. All very interesting but not sure it will really mean much in terms of value the long run. The second photo below shows the 3 cars together, the 1991 968 is on the right (#800084). Hope you enjoyed my tale of 968 ownership! Oh and here is a photo of the 968 CS Cab at the Porsche Museum.