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Porsche 928 Published: 15th Aug 2018 - 0 Comments - Be the first, contribute now!

Porsche 928
Porsche 928
Porsche 928
Porsche 928
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Designed to replace the iconic 911, the forward-engined (and thinking) 928 failed miserably – but it did become the greatest GTs in the world during its heyday and you won’t find more supercar metal for your money elsewhere. When new, they cost between £80,000-£100,000 – today, they go for a tenth of this! A good one is an absolute gem that you’ll love, the trouble may be finding one that you can afford to run.

Driving

Chalk and cheese will always be the best way to compare a 928 with a 911. If it’s fun that you’re after then buy that rear-engined legend because the 928 (most are autos) is entirely a different animal. An ingenious rear axle, which automatically corrects the rear wheels’ geometry and 50/50 weight split, ensures a 928 boasts impeccable road manners that, compared to a 911, border on the ‘antiseptic’ as one road test put it. All this makes this GT a very different proposition as well as an acquired taste, but for those after relaxing super car motoring, it’s ideal and those who have owned one say they are fabulous rock solid 140mph tourers – including Le Mans legend Derek Bell, no less – even if road noise can be excessive! The last of the line GTSs were true 170mph missiles and widely regarded as the best GT ever and all are very practical.

Values

Not the bargains they used to be but 12 grand will still get you a fair S2, which is half the price of an immaculate one. You need to look at 50 grand for the best 928s, such as the GTS, or the coveted ClubSport. Projects can still be had for little more than £2000 and, if you have the space, are worth buying on the strength of their pricey, hard to find spares. Finally, just because you’ve run a 944 before, don’t think the 928 is an easy step up – they aren’t.

Timeline

1978 Launched in ’77, first UK cars arrive; 4.5 V8 coupé (US cars have just 219bhp), manual or automatic

1979/80 Countering complaints of lack of pace the 928 is introduced with 4.7-litres for a much more like it 300bhp plus bigger wheels and tyres

1984 S2 packs 310bhp plus automatic is now four-speeds

1985 Unofficial ‘S3’ for the US market only features special 32-valve engines

1987 S4 with above quadcam engine (now 5-litres) for 320bhp coupled with smoother looks

1988 Limited run manual transmission only ClubSport and Sport Equipment SE introduced although former never intended for UK markets but SE has same spec and only lacks its stripped out interior

1989 928GT succeeds above with 330bhp and an electrically-controlled diff coupled to retuned chassis

1993 Swansong GTS with 345bhp air con and more

Best models

GTS

Along with coveted CS, is the most desired and collectible of 928s with the SE and GT not far behind and prices are fast reflecting this

S4

Much better value than the ‘special editions’, the mainstream S4 is the 928 it should have been from the start; 320bhp, retuned chassis, Brembo brakes…

928S

Like-for-like, this is the best of the earlier models although bear in mind that the standard 928 could be had with some of the kit found on the S

Top buying tips

History

This is even more important than the spec or bhp; any 928 lacking a solid service history is an expensive liability and by this means main dealer or specialist stamps, not just any garage

Body

Galvanised from new serious rot shouldn’t be a problem – poor accident repairs are more likely a cause for concern

Engine

A solid V8 but not without its problems, such as the camshaft which also drives the distributor breaking. GTS models are known for heavy oil use which should have been sorted under warranty. On all, engine can ‘drop’ in its mounts; a £1000 repair

Transmission

Beware of the torque tube bearing breaking up or the auto’s ‘flexiplate’ working loose; both with the potential to comprehensively damage engines and transmissions

Electrics

Boy, with a 40 strong fuse box the size of a tea tray and legions of computers and relays, this is too complicated even for many experts! See that everything works as it should and check that the ABS and PSD (diff) lights work and have not been craftily disconnected to mask expensive faults



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