Lot details Registration No: L396NEC Chassis No: 5800490 Mot Expiry: Jan 2007
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 near perfect 49:51 weight distribution. Available with a choice of manual or automatic transmission (housed in its award-winning passive rear steer Weissach transaxle) the 928 was regarded as a crushingly capable Grand Tourer. The subject of a continual development programme, it evolved through S, S2, S4 and GT guises before the arrival of the final GTS version at the 1991 Frankfurt Motor Show. Reputedly capable of over 170mph, it was powered by an enlarged 5397cc DOHC 32-valve V8 that developed some 350bhp and 369lbft of torque. Riding on special five-spoke seventeen-inch alloys, it further benefited from four-wheel vented disc ABS brakes (complete with four-pot Brembo callipers) and a computer controlled limited slip differential. Finished in dark blue with blue leather upholstery, this particular example is described by the vendor as being in very good condition with regard to its engine, four-speed automatic gearbox, electrical equipment, interior trim, chassis, bodywork, paintwork and wheels / tyres. Little used by its present - former Lord Mayor of London - owner, it has nevertheless had its electrics checked over (seats, sunroof, air-conditioning etc). Said to retain "all tools", it has apparently covered just 50,379 miles from new as ratified by its "full service history". Dating from the penultimate year of production, it is offered for sale with history file (including a signed copy of the "Best of Britain" book), MOT certificate valid until January 16th 2007 and road tax current until June 30th 2006.