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Porsche 928… Et si la meilleure des Porsche c’était elle ?!

Dans l’histoire automobilesque, une seule GT sportive a obtenu le titre de voiture de l’année, la Porsche 928… C’était en 1978 et à l’époque elle devait doucement et secrètement venir remplacer la Porsche 911, aux côtés de la 924. Sauf que le plan n’allait pas se dérouler sans accrocs… La secte des Porschistes réfractaires en […]

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Around the world in a lifted 928 S4

Safari and rally style Porsches are the hottest thing at the moment. From Leh Keen’s 911s to ASFOLT’s 924S, getting a bit more clearance under a Porsche seems like the hippest thing in the world. To our knowledge though, no one has seriously attempted to build a Safari-style 928. With a palpable sense of Gallic imperturbability Philippe Delaporte and his sons built a 928 S4 to circle the globe. These fearless Frenchmen took a road literally less traveled, and used the Silk Road to cross much of the ancient near-East and Asia.

While the video is lacking somewhat in technical details, a few things are obvious- the car has been lifted, and the Cup I wheels are fitted with all-terrain tires. A spare is mounted to the roof, and a second full-size spare is installed in the cargo area. Phillipe notes that they added an 8mm aluminum skid plate along the bottom of the car, and a small bash bar has been added to the front bumper. It all seems quite simple.

Yet this, a Porsche notorious for its complexity and difficulty of maintenance, apparently circled the globe without issue. It never failed to start in mounting snow, and it did its part opening the world to the Frenchmen. When they arrived at the Uzbek border the guard was so agog at the 5-liter engine, they entered the country at full throttle for his benefit. Clearly the Porsche 928 S4 is an instrument of peace, love, and goodwill.

We love seeing a transaxle Porsche used this way. Along with cars like Project Luna, a 944S that covered 240k miles in 258 days, this 928 is a sign that the only limit on a Porsche is the owner’s imagination.

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Our favorite Porsches for sale this week: Volume 135

We’ve been compiling some amazing Porsche models on the internet for over five years now, and we’ve seen some pretty astonishing examples pop up now and again. This week we want to flex our muscle, so we’re featuring Porsche’s V8 grand tourer, the 928! Hopefully you’ve enjoyed our « curated » look at the Porsche market. Keep in mind, some of these Porsches could be great collection investments, while others might prove to do more financial harm than good.

INTERESTED IN HAVING YOUR PORSCHE FEATURED HERE?

Every other week, we feature 5 of our favorite Porsches for sale. That post is sent out to our mailing list of more than 17,000 Porsche owners and fans and is seen by tens of thousands of other readers who visit our site directly. If you’re selling a Porsche on eBay and would like to see it featured here, just shoot us an email with the details and we’ll be back in touch. Otherwise, feel free to check out all the other eBay listings we have on our Porsches for sale pages.

1. 1983 Porsche 928S Manual For Sale

I’m a sucker for the early body style 928s with a wedgier look that speaks more to the 1980s aesthetic. This Rubino beauty with a matching leather interior is spectacular to look at, and with a manual transmission is a joy to drive. Manual 928s are some of the best cars Porsche has ever committed to metal and leather. They’re elegant and comfortable to drive with a dark side when you dip into the throttle pedal. With just 47,915 miles on this car, it looks like an absolute gem. The seller says this car may have had some panels repainted at some point, but it would be a shame to let this one sit anyway. Make your own stone chips. Drive it. Enjoy it.

For more pictures, pricing and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

2. 1980 Porsche 928 5.0-liter Swap Manual For Sale

With a buy-it-now price of just $18,500, this might be the a great 928 for that money. The key is to always buy a nice example with all of the maintenance already completed. This one is interesting, because it received a later 5-liter euro-spec engine from a 928 S4. The stock 4.5-liter V8 made 240 horsepower, while the bigger and later engine made 320 from the factory. That’s an impressive bump, and the work was done by reputable shop 928 International way back in 1996. The seller says all systems are functional and operational, and despite having a later CD player installed, the factory original radio is included in the sale. This is the one I would buy.

For more pictures, pricing and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

3. 1989 Porsche 928 S4 For Sale

Speaking of the 928 S4 engine, here’s one with that engine fitted from the factory. This car in « linen grey » is absolutely gorgeous from the outset. While I’m partial to the early bumper cars, these later and more rounded bumpers look almost modern even today. This one features a 4-speed automatic that Porsche cribbed from Mercedes Benz, and while it’s not quite as fun as the manual, it’s a stout and reliable unit. This would be an excellent addition to any collection with just 37,000 miles on the clock. Not quite collector grade, but a nice low mile example of a comfortable grand tourer.

For more pictures, pricing and information, check out the full listing on Bring A Trailer.

4. 1989 Porsche 928 S4 Manual For Sale

And if you buy the one above, here is its foil. The black over tan car to complement the tan over black car. And this S4 has a manual transmission versus the automatic, making it the more fun choice of the two. It is not inexpensive, that is for sure, but it’s had a full slew of recent services, which is an absolute must when it comes to 928 purchases. The ad says « New Clutch, Valve Cover Gasket, A/C Charge and Converted to R134A, Intake Gaskets, New Water Pump, Timing Belt and New Tires » which is pretty comprehensive.

For more pictures, pricing and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

5. 1994 Porsche 928 GTS For Sale

The 92-95 Porsche 928 GTS is the top of the heap when it comes to transaxle Porsches. This big comfy autobahn attack car received a 5.4-liter V8 with 345 horsepower and 369 ft-lb of torque. This monster features the 4-speed automatic and a limited slip differential, plus all of the bells and whistles to make it a fun and fast highway hauler. You could sit at triple digit speeds on the highway until the fuel tank runs out, then fill it up and do it all over again. It will provide no groans about that, just stable and comfortable speed. This one looks well cared for inside and out, and with still less than 70,000 miles it’s got plenty of life left. Take care of it, and it will take care of you.

For more pictures, pricing and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

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Is a Panamera-Based Coupe or Convertible Imminent?

At this point a Panamera-based two-door car is purely theoretical. All we have to work with are fresh grindings from the rumor mill. Theories about Panamera-based coupes and convertible have been circulating for years, and feel quite reasonable given the big sedan’s family resemblance to the dearly-missed 928. Ten years on from the Panamera’s introduction these rumors feel oddly prescient. BMW has re-entered the large coupe market with the 8-Series. Aston’s V8 Vantage is fresher than ever. Even Lexus is in on the game with the LC. The time feels right for Porsche to re-enter the fray with a full-size V8 Grand Tourer.

What Autocar believes a Panamera-coupe might look like. Image from Autocar.

 

The latest round of rumors began with Autocar. Following nearly-annual reports of Panamera-coupes being imminent, Autocar indicates that Porsche executives have not denied rumors of the new model. Porsche design chief Michael Mauer believes that such a car is theoretically possible:

As a designer there are no limits to what I can conceive. I believe it is the design department’s role to sketch and consider every model it can for the future so that we are ready should anyone wish to pursue a project. But if you are asking me to confirm if such projects are on the way then you are going to be disappointed. It is not my role to consider such things.

Car and Driver’s interpretation of a two-door Panamera. Image from Car and Driver.

Is a 928 Coupe Realistic?

But, this is far from affirmation. As a brand, Porsche has never shied away from digging deep and designing seemingly production-ready cars they have no intention of building for the public. Let’s not forget the bevy of extended 911s and 928s from years past.

While the time feels ripe for such a car, especially given the performance of the various Panamera models, we really need to wait for some sort of confirmation from Porsche themselves. While I won’t be lining up with my checkbook to set down a deposit(through no fault of the car, I’m simply not that flush), I’m sure many justifiably will be the moment the car is announced. From the renders we’ve seen, the current Panamera looks even better with 12-18″ chopped out of its wheelbase than its predecessor.

We’d certainly be thrilled to see the superlative 928 GTS of more than two decades ago get a turbocharged, V8, hybrid successor. Until we hear from Porsche, or at least start seeing test mules, it’s all just fodder for the rumor mill.

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Porsche 928 Koenig… Back to the 80’s !

Dans les années 80’s, quand tu roulais en Porsche 928, t’étais quand même bien calé ! Les femmes t’admiraient et la vie devenait facile. Mais, il restait encore une marche à franchir pour se positionner réellement tout en haut de la pyramide sociale et ainsi passer du statut d’homme exceptionnel à celui de Dieu… Et […]

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