Introduced at the 1977 Geneva Motor Show, the 928 was conceived (and priced) as the flagship of the Porsche range. A luxurious GT, it was styled in-house by American Tony Lapine as a replacement for the ageing, compromised 911. Ultimately, it failed to usurp its tail-heavy sibling despite becoming the only sports car ever to win the European Car of the Year title in 1978. Built around a galvanised steel monocoque, it made extensive use of aluminium for its wheels, doors, bonnet, transaxle housing, front suspension wishbones, rear suspension uprights, upper links and main cross member. This practice not only saved weight but also contributed to the car's near perfect 49:51 weight distribution. Blessed with excellent handling and strong roadholding, the 928 was able to make the most of the 240bhp and 257lbft of torque provided by its all alloy 4.5 litre SOHC V8 engine. Available with either manual or automatic transmission in its award winning passive rear steer Weissach transaxle, the 928 was subject to a programme of continual upgrades. Unveiled in 1979, the 928 S boasted an enlarged 4664cc unit that developed some 295bhp and 280lbft of torque. Reputedly capable of 152mph and 0-60mph in a little over six seconds, the newcomer had need of its four-wheel vented disc brakes.
Finished in metallic burgundy with beige leather / fabric upholstery, this particular example is described by the vendor as being in "good" condition with regard to its engine, automatic transmission, electrical equipment, interior trim and bodywork, while he rates the paintwork as "mostly good". Understood to have previously changed hands during June 1989, July 1993 and June 2000, the Porsche has been in the current ownership since February 2003. Reportedly "housed in a garage and used only occasionally" over the last seven years, the Porsche is further said to have undergone "recent work to keep it roadworthy including a new radiator and cambelt change". Riding on alloy wheels and showing an unwarranted 102,000 miles to its odometer, this stylish GT is offered for sale with some service history and blue fitted car cover.
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Porsche 1983 928S
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