Porsche’s intended replacement for the 911 may not have achieved that goal, but it wasn’t for a lack of performance or technological wizardry. An alloy V8 was attached to a rear-mounted gearbox, and the galvanised body had aluminium doors and bonnet, plus body-coloured plastic bumpers – pretty radical for its time. The 928 was launched to a fanfare and surprised many by being named European Car of the Year, an award that traditionally went to worthy but dull family hatchbacks.
Critics immediately recognised the advances the 928 had made over the 911, and the car was universally praised as one of the greatest GT cars of all time. With the 928, Porsche created a serious long distance grand touring car that could also tackle twisting B-roads with ease, thanks to super-direct steering, 50/50 weight distribution and a clever Weissach rear axle that kept the car firmly planted on the road. Many testers found that their nerve ran out long before the 928’s grip.
If the 928 attracted any criticisms it was that it wasn’t quite quick enough. The original 4.4-litre engine generated 240 bhp but mated to a relatively heavy car, the performance didn’t match the 911. So Porsche introduced the 928 S fitted with a 4.7-litre version of the engine and generating 310 bhp. This began to deliver the car’s potential, achieving a 0-60 mph time of around 7.0 seconds. But the real trump card of this engine, which extra power began to reveal, was its in-gear acceleration around the mid-range – 50-70 mph sprints or indeed any acceleration from 3,000 rpm is in the supercar league.
This nice original 928S was first registered in March 1985, supplied in Grand Prix white with a black leather interior. The 928 stills wears its original paint, which is a rare and welcome sight and the original Porsche stickers can be found still in the correct places around the car.
Front-engined Porsches are having the renaissance they richly deserve, and this very capable modern GT, offered with the relevant Porsche service books and manuals, is one not to be missed.