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Early Porsche 928 restoration – Number One, Preproduction Press Car (#1RC)

As some of you may know, I recently picked up the oldest 928.

This is not the Number Six I’ve been working on and writing about, but a recent acquisition – Number One . That’s right, the earliest pre-production 928. Also a factory press car and Weissach test vehicle. Carries a very similar early history to #6.

Fraternal twins born minutes apart, in late February 1977.

Going back a couple years.

Reading through Brian Long’s Porsche 928 book, I saw a striking Guards Red show car used at the ’77 Geneva Auto Salon. You may remember the photo with Ferry Porsche posing on its hood, with the custom bright white Recaro seats. What a cool car with clean lines and uncluttered appearance!

This is what piqued my interest for the early cars.

I became curious if this car still existed. Did Ferry own it? Is it still in the family, stored in a garage up in the hills of Zell am See?

In the meantime, I had this crazy idea to find an early 928 in need of restoration (not hard to do), and restore it as a replica. I wanted a tribute to the Geneva show car and early 928’s!

As time passed, I continued to slave away (ha! ) at fixing up my pearl ’87 S4.

Out of sight – out of mind, but the early car was still in the back of my head.

Just following the Boston Sharks Party ’10, scanning Rennlist at Carl’s (Ispeed) house, I came across an ebay ad for a Guards Red OB.

I say to Carl, ya know, I’ve always wanted to restore an OB. I tell him about my Geneva car idea. He replied bluntly, no one knows what the hell is a Geneva show car!?

Looking a little more closely at the ad revealed a car with an early VIN.

Porsche 928

I thought, this is interesting . but really didn’t have any idea what I was looking at. So I decided to follow it. And starting digging through my 928 books.

I began to learn about the early 928, at it’s place in Porsche’s history.

Not long after, I found a great early Road Track article by Joe Rusz. It was their first driving test of the 928. And in that article was a front-on shot of a shiny new red 928, looking really good posed in front of a French sunset.

What if the car in the photo what the same car for sale on ebay? License plate read S-CX 2137.

Days later the VIN checked out to be an early car, and I prepared to make a deal with the seller. Out of nowhere, and literally without asking, the seller sends me a cell photo of a Porsche document. On that letter from Porsche read Factory Company Car (S-CX 2137) .

My heart skipped a beat. This was the Road Track car!

We made a deal, and I took delivery of Number Six a month later. I was hooked.

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