The Porsche 928 was first introduced at the 1977 Geneva Motor Show. Originally designed to replace the iconic 911, the 928 was built to have the best qualities of both a sports car and a luxury grand tourer. After much back and forth it was determined that a 4.5 liter V8 making 240 hp in the European market would be placed in a front mounted configuration and a slick, well-appointed cabin would provide the comfort needed to cover miles of open road. The 928 was available with both a 5-Speed manual transmission as well as a 3-Speed automatic (later upgraded to a 4-Speed). Both the body and the engine underwent minor changes throughout its life time, with the engine topping out at a 5.4 liter V8, making 345 hp, in the 1992 GTS version. Although it never ousted the 911 as originally intended, the 928 sold well, with just over 61,000 vehicles being delivered worldwide during its production run from 1978 to 1995.
Body And Paint
The exterior of the car is finished in a beautiful Rubino Metallic. The paint is mostly original with the exception of the left and right rear quarter panels and the rear bumper which were professionally resprayed. The quality of the paint is smooth and consistent with excellent color and a nice luster. There is some minor stone chipping in the front area, consistent with the miles. The side view mirrors have some minor stone peppering on them and there is a touched up stone chip above the windshield. The rest of the paint remains in excellent condition. The body is in great shape with straight and smooth body panels and consistent body and panel gaps.
Glass And Trim
The glass remains in great condition throughout with no scratching or pitting. The side windows and rear glass are more than likely original as they are branded Sekurit, however, the windshield does not appear to have any branding on it. The flip-up headlights show in good condition with no pitting or cracking, same with the tail lights. The trim around the windows is in good shape with smooth consistent paint and no signs of aging. The rubber components, which often fade in color, are in fantastic shape with a nice deep dark black with no cracking or aging present.
The chrome wheels are in great shape with bright and shiny faces and colorful, issue-free center caps.
The car retains mostly original paint but it believed that the rear quarters, as well as the rear bumper, have been painted. There are also some small stone chips present, consistent with the mileage and usage.
Seats And Surfaces
The car is fitted with an optional all leather interior finished in a Burgundy color. The interior was gone through gradually from 2010-2012 and most of the aging and cracking components were replaced or refinished including refinishing of the seats. The color matched Burgundy carpets retain excellent color and show minimal wear. The dash is tight, colorful and crack free. The door-cards are well finished with no pulling or cracking and remain tight to the door frame although there is a bit of waviness to the leather towards the front edge of the cards. The steering wheel is in good shape with smooth, crack free leather and nice tight stitching. The rest of the interior leather trim including shifter boot and center console remain in good condition with smooth and colorful leather and nice tight stitching. If one was to be extremely critical, there is some stitching coming undone above the vent on the center stack, but it is barely noticeable and not an issue in the slightest.
Functionality And Accessories
The gauges are clean and clear with good color and readability. There is some faint fading to the black gauge surround above the speedometer area. The unleaded fuel only sticker still remains affixed to the central gauge cluster. It appears that all gauges also read their designated functions as they should. Both power seat controls move the seats as they should and both the windows and the sun roof function as they should. All buttons and knobs on the dash and center stack are in excellent shape and appear to function as intended. The gear selector moves through its intended range of motion with ease and the handbrake holds the car firmly in place. There is an aftermarket Blaupunkt radio in the center stack but it compliments the interior nicely.
There is some faint fading to the black gauge surround above the speedometer area and there is currently a nice aftermarket Blaupunkt radio in place which although, not correct, compliments the interior nicely.
ENGINE BAY AND TRUNK
The engine bay is clean, tidy and well maintained much like the rest of the car. Painted surfaces remain smooth and bright and all appropriate stickers appear to be affixed in their correct locations. The spider-like intake runners are bright and clean. All hoses, clamps, and tubing are in excellent condition and appear to be all of the correct type. There are no visible signs of leaking, seaping, or any other related issues. The underwood fire pad is in good condition with only minimal staining to speak of.
The trunk area is clean and orderly condition, with colorful and clean carpets and smooth issue free leather side trim. The color matched cover is in place, held in place with its elastic tie downs. Lifting the carpet reveals clean, original looking metal as well as the original space saver spare tucked away in its clean and tidy spare wheel well. Rear strut mounts retain factory paint markings and the tools, jack, and air compressor are tucked away neatly in the spare tire. The battery box remains in tidy original looking condition.
The car has been very well maintained as outlined in the included service history. The judicial maintenance shows through in the running nature of the vehicle as the big V8 quietly rumbles to life with a quick turn of the key. It settles easily into a smooth idle, revs freely and makes great power.
It is commonly held that the Automatic version of the 928 is enjoyable to drive but nothing beats the ability to manually control the power of the vehicle through the fitted 5-Speed transmission. The clutch has good positive feedback with appropriate take up and clutch pedal feel. The transmission feels excellent, holding power with ease and moving through the gears and rev range freely.
Brakes And Suspension
Brakes feel tight and responsive, bringing the car to a smooth and controlled stop with no issues. The suspension is nice and tight and surprisingly compliant. The road feel is excellent and the steering is fairly light and responsive.
The car is currently fitted with Bridgestone Potenza RE750 tires in 225/50/16 on all four corners. All the tires are in good condition with plenty of treade left in them.
In the 928, Porsche hoped to meld the best driving characteristics of a sports car with comfort and practicality of a grand tourer. While it never really caught on as genuine sports car, the 928 remains an impressive grand tourer with solid and commendable sports car characteristics. The interior is comfortable and the cabin is bright with excellent visibility with all amenities within an arms reach. Out on the road, the big V8 engine provides plenty of torque to move the car down the road with haste and through the twisty sections the car still feels surprisingly nimble and responsive. With its unique color combination and fantastic service history, this car would be the perfect driver addition to any Porsche collection. It is ready to be driven and enjoyed and is sure to turn heads and spark conversation at any Porsche or classic car event.