“They made some wild stuff in Germany,” offers Coe. “Europeans seem to be more inclined to buy really bizarre stuff.” He says about a dozen 968s were painted “color to sample,” typically in colors available in prior years. Such was Coe’s fascination with these cars that he even started a database of every 968 made.
“My first 968 I bought in 1996, and I started running the Register,” he says. Going neck-deep into the 968 Register involved some work on his part, but one benefit of having a list of all of the 968s in existence is that he got to know where the really rare cars were — which would prove useful.
“I became aware of my current car in Massachusetts in 2005,” says Coe. “I knew how special it was, so when the owner put it up for sale, I contacted him and told him I was definitely interested. I ended up working out a deal with him and bought the car in September 2007.
“Having been involved with the cars to the extent I was for so many years, I knew how special that car was,” continues Coe. “And it delivered in every respect. One was the color! It turned out being one of one in the U.S. in that color (N4 Mint Green). Two was the options. We didn’t even know it had the full-leather option until we saw the car in person. They’re so rare that I had only seen one up until that time.”
How rare? Coe says only 30 Cabriolets out of 2,008 produced had the full-leather interior while only 20 coupes out of 2,234 built had it — for a total of 50 cars. He speculates on why this highly desirable option was not installed in greater numbers. “I think the $4,000 to $5,000 price tag was one of the reasons why,” he said.
His Mint 968 has several other desirable options, and he can list them from memory quickly: “It had the 17-inch wheels, limited-slip differential, CD player, and all the other things like a hood that is stamped to support a recessed hood badge.” Concours judge alert: Coe says that last feature is only found on 968s built during the first two months of production in late 1991.
Coe says it’s also a historically significant car, being close to the start of the production run for 968s. “It was number nine in the production line.” Naturally, as keeper of the 968 Register, Coe has the model’s history from the first delivery to today down cold. “Porsche actually used the car for some sort of promotional duties back when it came ashore,” he says. Eventually, the car was delivered to Sewickley Porsche in Pennsylvania, where the first owner bought it in late 1992. Coe says the Porsche already had quite a few miles.