Porsche 928 – History of the 928 and buying tips | Hagerty Article

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Porsche 928

Buyers Guide: Porsche 928

“It was the of times, it was the worst of time …”  sentiment couldn’t have more real for Porsche the 70s.

In 1977, the launch of the 928 came during a time of crisis with the fallout the oil embargo earlier that The company was still young, and its was building sports and racing Under new leadership, coupled a new marketing department, Porsche to produce a Gran Turismo

Summoning young engineers the new Weissach RD center, Porsche a clean-sheet design with a approach, and it carved out a timeless in the Porsche 928.

The marketing department for the biggest launch in the company’s Twelve pre-production prototypes rushed to completion for overnight to Nice, France. Over the two weeks in late February, and media agents from the world trounced the new 928 through the Alps.

They were impressed, and enthusiastically about it in upcoming

The public’s first look was at the Geneva Auto Salon, it was very well received. wasn’t anything like it at the The following year, the 928 was awarded Car of the Year.

Porsche couldn’t asked for a better reception. The two years of production saw the largest sales in the marque’s 18-year More than 60,000 produced worldwide between

The strength of the ‘77-‘79 early is in their uniqueness and purity. were spoilerless, often sunroof, and a majority were with manual transmissions. were relatively lightweight and with the then-new CIS fuel system. The phone dial and Pasha interior set them with modernism, now considered charm.

Cars remain very with good examples around $7,000 and perfect trading below $17,000.

The sweet spot lies the mid-marque cars. The ‘84-‘86 16V with 310 hp and “hoppy” cams a real punch. They are rev and still tossable.

The ‘85-‘86 32V is a monster that was conservatively detuned. Enthusiasts are finding power that really these cars up. They are a balance between a more 5.0-liter motor, yet still the original body style.Like the cars, prices remain Plan on spending from for a solid 32V car to $21,000 for a near-perfect one .

The 928 into a real modern with the 5-speed only GT of ‘89-‘91. The 89 GT is notable for its rarity, only 65 built. The GT is a real with well-spec’d cams and final drive. Additionally, the more aerodynamic body gives it a modern sweeping

Enthusiasts tend to gravitate to cars more than the models, and prices reflect Concours-quality cars run about while good models around $13,500.

The 928 swan was the GTS of ‘93-‘95, the final production 5.4 Litres, 345 hp and 369 ft/lbs torque this a true supercar.

rarity makes them among collectors and enthusiasts. 406 GTSs were produced those three years (no GTSs were produced in Even rarer of the group are the manual variants.

Expect to pay $30,000 and $50,000 for a GTS depending on how you want it to be.

The 928 was engineered from the to deliver serious performance and speeds at great lengths of in comfort. The quality of the design is and Porsche made it that way longevity in mind.

Porsche 928

From the timeless shape to the Teutonic interior, there is special within each to appeal to a broad range of and collectors.

There couldn’t be a time to buy and own a Porsche 928. The performance vs. delta is amazing, and prices are favorable. Don’t expect to last. Stock of salvageable is depleting due to attrition, similar to back in the day.

Original cars are getting particularly

Two general rules of thumb buying: 1. Buy the best one you can afford. 2. twice the cost of purchase in to allow enough to get a car that your standards.

Remember are highly engineered cars and made to last a long As such, parts prices are of their level of quality. are 15-35 years old and often a very systematic approach to them reliable. Prepare to age-related items, such as hoses and intake rubber. closely at cleaning ground fuses and relays.

If there is no record of a timing service, expect to perform service upon purchase. up-to-date service, one can expect of reliable duty from the

The good news is that plenty of vendor support. You may a fair and faithful boutique base, supplying good parts, new and hard-to-find parts, and interior restorations. New parts are now available, as well.

There’s a new pump with an uprated and plastic impeller, and a self-tensioning belt system that the need for follow-up re-tension.

The community surrounding these is a gracious and technical group, of whom are DIY mechanics. Much and information is available via Internet or by visiting a regional 928 event. If you are with a wrench, and get the “German you will enjoy working on

Best of all, the Porsche 928 to be driven, and it will reward you for it.

Jim is the owner of 928 Classics. which in early Porsche 928 restoration. His is dedicated to the preservation and elevation of 928s. Having been 928s for more than a Jim was drawn to the earliest of classic when he found the then-oldest 928 ever built. Following was the acquisition of the first pre-production 928 worldwide.

Number One, as it is to, remains his goal for an ultimate 928 of the highest quality.

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