Enter this small-block-swapped 1995 Porsche 968. Gone is the factory 3.0-liter DOHC I4, replaced with a 5.7L OHV LT1 V8 out of a C4 Corvette, and it could be yours for the reasonable price of $13,000. Interestingly enough, just like today’s Corvette, the 968 used an atypical powertrain arrangement with a front-mounted engine sending torque to a rear-mounted transaxle – although that design didn’t grace the ‘Vette until the C5 generation arrived for 1997.
This Porsche 968 is named “Gunther”, the Cars.com listing says, and it’s just recently received new ignition components, a new PCM, and a new water pump. The seller says they’d prefer that the car go to someone who is an avid Porsche enthusiast, saying the “person who buys [Gunther] is as important as the car is to me.” Unfortunately, if the buyer lives in a state with strict emissions requirements, he or she might need to get a set of catalytic converters installed, as they’re currently absent.
Be sure to check out the listing for the LT-swapped Porsche 968 yourself the listing for yourself, then let us know what’s the better buy: a small-block-powered Porsche like this one, or a similarly-priced Chevy C5 Corvette.