Porsche 928 by David Hemmings Published 15 Jul 2021
David Hemmings has been the register secretary for the 928 register at Porsche Club GB since before I bought my first Porsche 928 in 1998, so naturally is not only a patriarch within the community, but also an important voice in the 928 coterie. David called me the other day, and with great excitement asked me to review his new book. He had recieved the final copy and it was off to print. Unsuprisingly, the book is called 'Porsche 928' and builds on his previous publications '928 Essential buyers guide' and 'The Real 928' which was originaly a collection of articles he produced for Porsche Club GB.
Sunday morning saw me sit down to read the book, about 100 pages, properly.
Big bang for your buck? 200BHP classics for £10k
Classic car weekly published this page on April 8 2015 and featured the Porsche 928 as an example of a 200BHP (its more) classic that you can buy for £10k (you can't, or if you do it will be a nail). Ignoring their prices which talk of Concours cars for £8500, there are some good points. The buying tips aren't bad. The other cars in their list included 60's Jag 420, 80's Vauxhall Carlton (why?), 90's TVR Chimaera 4.0. They don't make any kind of competition for the Porsche 928 for me.
928 buying tips
- If the car hasn't been used for a while then anticipate leaking cooland hoses and perished oil seals
- Galvanised bodyshell resists decay but look out for paint scabs on alloy bonntet, wings and doors
- Find out if the cambelt has been changed. This needs to have been done regularly
- Air conditioning often doesnt work and it realy needs to! It can cost £600 or more to fix
- Early pascha trim is very hard to source so check for wear and tear
"The 928 bristled with tech and Porsche was proud".
Price when new £19,499 ! Porsche positioned the 928 as the flagship of their range. Many would say it still is!
by Andrew Brierley
I own two 928s that are amongst the best in the UK. This is the story of how I reached this point – “928 Heaven” with a 1991 guards red 928 GT and a 1994 midnight blue 928 GTS with manual gear box. My 928s may not have the lowest mileages, but the bodywork is original, they are mechanically maintained to perfection and everything works. At the time of writing the GT has done 97,000 miles and the GTS 101,000 miles, but the service history is impeccable for both. The GT has 31 service stamps in the book and the GTS has 21, plus all the stamps for change of brake fluid, coolant and cam-belt – in total 29 stamps for the GT and 25 stamps for the GTS. I also have invoices in binders for all the work carried out (apart from the first two years for both cars). It is often said the best cars never reach the open market and are sold by word of mouth, which is how I came by both my 928s.
I first took an interest in 928s at the launch in 1977. The car really did look space-age compared to most cars of the era, and light years ahead of its time. I have always liked the front engine rear wheel drive coupe concept, so the scene was set!
SMMT Data : Original UK Registered Sales of Porsche 928 by model type
This data has been provided by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (www.smmt.co.uk) and shows the original numbers of Porsche 928 sales officially registered in the UK.
Many thanks to the SMMT for allowing this data to be reproduced at www.928.org.uk for our enjoyment.
The data shows a total of 4294 Porsche 928 cars of all models registered as sold in the UK between 1978-1996.
by Adam Towler
The 928 is a true enigma. It seems impossible for a journalist to write a story about the 928 without citing the car’s failure to replace the 911, or the perception that buying one as a classic car is a potential minefield. But this is the very same car that was deemed the future back in 1977, and with good reason. This is the car – the only sports car – to win a Car of the Year gong. Ok, say what you like about this motoring equivalent of the European song contest, but for a sports car to win outright – that’s something quite profound. It is a car that always tried to be many things on four wheels, but as the years passed, was tasked with becoming a quite different sort of vehicle: an aggressive sports GT rather than an all-round everyday supercar.
All you need now is the right tyre
Porsche AG conducted sufficient modern tyre formula testing to issue a new report on modern tyres on classic Porsche models.
The report covers all models but there are the Porsche 928 details only.
by Angus Fox
What to pay when buying a Porsche 928 in the UK in 2021
"Judging by the car you have chosen, you are a motorist of a special breed, and you are probably no novice when it comes to automobiles." - Porsche 928 S4 owners manual.
Prices rose astronomically from 2015-2021 even for ordinary and rotten cars with no history and zillions of owners. Many of these cars still do not represent good value and will require tens of thousands to be spend on missing maintenance, recommissioning and paint and fixtures. Dealers are sitting on expensive cars that have been around for a long time.
Notable exceptions are the truly mint cars with excellent histories and regular use which have sold for really strong money since 2014. The Egyptian embassy 928 S4 SE with 10,000 miles on it sold for £132,000 including fees, and a 30k mile Porsche 928 GT sold for £43,000 at the same auction on 14th November 2020. Caveat emptor though, these were exceptional cars. Please don't buy a rotten Porsche 928 unless it is inexpensive or it will break your heart. It is relatively easy to find good ones. It is relatively hard to find perfect ones. It is expensive to turn a good one into a perfect one. Start by coming to our meetings (when we can have them again), and talking to owners. There are over 800 on the road in the UK out of an original UK population of well over 4,000. The Porsche 928 is not a particularly rare car.
This guide is published only at 928.org.uk - the home of the 928 community in the UK and the 928uk mail list.
Please don't rely solely on this guide. Get plenty of advice and opinions from our community. Read on for full analysis. Not everyone agrees with me about pricing. I have only been monitoring 928 pricing for 20 years after all.
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