The exterior finish shows quite well for its age; the black paint is uniform but hazy and faded in places, especially horizontal surfaces. (To best assess the quality of the paint and trim finishes, please be sure to view the close-up photographs of the car in the accompanying gallery.) All body-panel gaps show Porsche factory-fit; the doors, hood, and rear hatch are perfectly aligned. (The hood strut will require replacement, but the hatch struts operate properly.) Sheet-metal (and aluminum) panels are free of dents, dings, or other damage. Factory spoilers front and rear (integrated for the first time on these U.S.-bound “S” models in 1984) are complete and undamaged. Cabin glass and all lighting lenses are clear and uncracked. The sole factory emblem—the Porsche hood crest–is present and properly located; the “Porsche” logo is also embossed on the rear bumper cover. The car’s factory 16-inch polished alloy “Gullideckel” style wheels (mounted with Mastercraft® 225/50 all-season tires) are free of curb rash and obvious wear.
Inside, the color theme is a rare and appealing burgundy. Beautifully designed door trim in the color is complete and in good condition with the driver door showing light patina from normal use. No speakers—or speaker holes—have been added to the door panels. The condition of the burgundy-leather upholstery surface is excellent throughout indicating owner attention to proper care. (Without that attention, the leather will dry out.) This is a “full-leather” 928, so leather covers the rear cabin walls, sun visors, the center console in both rows, and elsewhere. The headliner—also burgundy—is free of sagging; the unique rear sun visors are in place. The original embossed „928 S“ raised-hub burgundy steering wheel shows no significant wear, no frayed leather or loose stitches on the rim. It frames full analog instrumentation including the 160-mph speedometer, 6,000-rpm-redline tachometer, oil-pressure, coolant temperature, and alternator-output gauges. The dash is free of the cracks often seen on Porsche cars of this era. The automatic transmission t-shift lever is located on the console, and all four console toggle switches are in place. The car’s factory radio has been upgraded to a Pioneer® audio head unit. Burgundy carpets, protected by 928-branded carpet mats, and extending into the rear cargo area also show little wear. (Please view the close-up photography in the gallery to assess the overall excellent condition of the Porsche’s interior surfaces.)
Under the hood, the 4.6-liter V8 engine is nothing short of a work of automotive art. Most enthusiasts agree it is far more captivating in appearance than the later 928 niterations. The remainder of the engine compartment is clean, tidy, and complete. Photos of the car from below also show none of the sort of damage that can arise from abuse or track use; the undercarriage is complete and surfaces are extremely clean. Rust is virtually non-existent.
The car’s identification and information tags remain as originally mounted at the Stuttgart factory.
While the more than 160 high-definition photographs and the short walk-around-and-startup video available on the GarageKeptMotors website showcase this ’84 Porsche 928 in detail from every angle, including from below, we expect and encourage in-person inspections at our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom. Please call to arrange an appointment in advance as our showroom is not open to the public. And feel free to get in touch anytime by phone or email if you have questions.
As to investing in a Porsche 928, Hemmings Motor News advised not long ago: “Overall, the 928 hasn’t yet reached the stratosphere that a few 911 models leaped into during the past couple of years, nor even some more common, older versions of the rear-engined car have. However, the time to find a bargain 928 is running out. Overshadowed by the 911 when new, the fast GT car now takes its own place of honor among the Porsche faithful, and collectors are noticing.”
Many passionate Porsche 928 owners claim the very best return on their investment comes, not in their bank accounts, but out on the road. Especially when their autobahn cruisers get to really stretch their legs.