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.
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 1982, supplied in “Black Metallic” with a black leather interior. The first owner bought the car in Italy in 1982, keeping it for a remarkable 36 years until it changed hands in 2018. At this point the 928 was serviced at a local Porsche centre at a cost of more than €5.800.
Supplied with a fully stamped service record, with only 131,637 kms on the odometer and 90% original paint, this very capable modern GT is one not to be missed.