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.
This superb matching numbers example is offered with a huge file of history for works completed over the years. Notably in the last 2 years or so the 928 enjoyed a bare metal repaint to its original shade of Grand Prix White, which matches the original black and ivory leather interior perfectly. Showing a sensible 96,000 miles recorded from new, the 928 has benefitted from a recent service and MOT, and is offered with the cherished UK registration “928 XUV”. A great example of one of the best GT cars of the modern era.