First introduced to the world at the Geneva Salon in 1977, and subsequently voted European Car of the Year in 1978, the 928 was intended as a more refined replacement for the long-running 911. With the 928, Porsche had created a serious long distance Grand Tourer that could also tackle twisting country roads with ease. Thanks to an alloy V8 attached to a rear mounted gearbox and 50/50 weight distribution, the car felt planted and nimble with a vast amount of grip.
The Porsche 928 was a startling departure for Porsche. For a tradition-laden company controlled by the family its patriarch, developer of lightweight, rear-engined, air cooled sports cars, the Porsche 928 was a complete break from the 356/911 lineage.
The 928 was the first production car in Porsche’s history that the company had been able to design completely from scratch. The 928 debuted with a 240 hp over-square 4,474cc single overhead camshaft all aluminum V-8 with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection. The 928’s 5-speed direct 5th gear transmission was in unit with the differential to optimize weight distribution and maximize interior space. Four-wheel independent suspension was by A-arms and coil springs at the front and coil spring “Weissach” rear suspension. Four-wheel disc brakes with single piston sliding calipers and 11.1 inch front and 11.4 inch rear discs balanced the 928’s prodigious power.
917th off the production line, this early 928 was delivered new on the 20th January 1978, finished in Grand Prix white with a very period Mocha brown interior in leather/Pascha check. With growing interest in front-engined “Transaxle” Porsches the early manual 928 is gaining popularity amongst collectors. Offered with Dutch registration papers, this rare survivor is well worth further inspection.