Introduced to the world in 1977, the 928 was seen as the futuristic vehicle that would supersede the fabled 911. We now know that didn’t happen, but the 928 had a plethora of redeeming features. It was the first, and remains the only sports car to be awarded the European Car Of The Year title in 1978. It also laid claim to the record for the fastest production car in the world. The S4 received various updates over the previous model, including a refining of the body shape, upgraded brakes and an increase in displacement to 5.0 litres, giving an increase of 10hp over the previous generation. Production carried on through various generations until ending with the GTS in 1995, after which time 61000 cars had been produced in total.
The S4 generation was produced between 1987 and 1991, with the vehicle presented here being built in 1988. In more recent years some of these cars were acquired by people who had the ambition but not the budget to properly look after them. That is definitely NOT the case with this vehicle. Owned by a Porsche Club member and 928 enthusiast, over £50,000 has been spent by him in maintaining and renovating all areas of this fine example during the 11 years he has been its custodian. The exterior, interior and mechanicals have all received considerable attention, exemplified by the fact that the myriad of electrical controls and air conditioning all work as intended, not something that can be said of all 928’s. The factory fitted options on this car include: air conditioning, electric windows, sunroof and mirrors. Also electric sports seats with memory function and driver’s lumbar support. It also comes with a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. This example presents, drives and performs exceptionally well.
With a combination of aluminium, galvanised and polyurethane body panels, the 928 offers far higher levels of rust protection than many other cars of the era. The condition of this car’s exterior is excellent, having benefited from a glass out re-spray only 4 years ago in its original shade of Metallic Venetian Blue. This results in a blemish free exterior without any scratches scrapes or dents. Indeed the only minor blemish appears to be some small blisters in the paint by the 928 monogrammed sill plate on the driver’s side. These should prove to be a small job to correct. All the panel gaps and shut lines appear consistent and true, as you would expect of this high quality Teutonic cruiser. At the same time it received it’s fresh coat of paint, the wheels were also fully refurbished.
A new windscreen was also fitted, along with the replacement of all the window seals. The rest of the glazing is in good condition, the only imperfection being a scratch to the driver’s door window.
The interior of the 928 is a suitably luxurious place to sit, as you would expect of such a high end GT car. The original design means it wears it’s years well, and this car has had it’s sculpted tombstone seats re-upholstered in Porsche Maritime Blue leather, with cream inserts. Also the centre console, dash and steering wheel have received new leather coverings, leaving the interior looking really fresh. Unfortunately the re-covered dash top appears to have shrunk back around the windscreen vents and where the dash meets the glovebox. The vendor accepts that it could do with re-covering to bring it up to the standard of the rest of the car. He has obtained a quote of £2000 for this work to be completed, and has taken this into account in the setting of the reserve price.
As previously mentioned, all of the many switches and controls work as intended. The original luggage cover and net are also included.
Originally supplied by Malaya Garage in December 1988, the car received a couple of dealer service stamps before moving on to being serviced at various specialists. Acquired by the current owner in 2010, it was serviced for the first couple of years of his ownership by Porsche Hatfield, before moving on to being serviced for the last 8 years by the legendary Paul Anderson of ‘928 Specialists’ in Stroud.
The attention that this car has received has not been limited to the cosmetic. There is a large file of receipts with some considerable price tags. In September 2018 work included, fitting a reconditioned gearbox, new radiator and powder coating of the inlet manifold and cam covers resulting in a bill for £6900. More recently in July 2020 a full service was carried out including new cam belt, tensioners, flex plate, water pump a reconditioned starter motor and an air conditioning re-gas. The total bill for this work coming to £3500.
In addition to this maintenance work, the engine mounts have been replaced and the suspension has been uprated with new Bilstein shock absorbers and polyurethane bushes all round, resulting in more responsive and dynamic handling, without compromising ride quality.
The MOT is not due until July 2022.
**The car has just returned from its usual service centre, 928 Specialists, where it has had a replacement fuel tank fitted.**
All in all, this car represents an excellent opportunity to acquire a tremendously well sorted example of this exotic breed. All the heavy lifting has been completed without compromise, and should provide some peace of mind that mechanically and cosmetically this 33 year old is in rude health, and ready to provide many more years of faithful service.
Not everyone can say they own a car that was revered at launch for it’s spaceship looks, won car of the year, and was the fastest car in the world. And all this produced with Porsche build quality. It has to be worth a bid.