THE RI­VALS THE 928 HAD TO BEAT

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - PORSCHE 928 – 40 YEARS ON AND STILL BRILLIANT -

JAGUAR XJS V12

Where Porsche pointed to mod­ernism, the Jaguar was clearly car­ry­ing on a more Bri­tish ap­proach to lux­ury – lots of soft leather and (even­tu­ally) wood. There’s noth­ing geri­atric about the XJS’s pace – es­pe­cially in its mid-range shove – but it’s not quite as solidly built as the Porsche.

BMW 6-SE­RIES

The E24 6-se­ries’ in­te­rior am­bi­ence was even more mod­ern than the Porsche’s. It’s not quite as quick as the 928, even in M1-en­gined M635CSi form, but cer­tainly com­fort­able, with qual­ity fit and fin­ish. It’s far more prac­ti­cal, too – proper-sized hu­mans ac­tu­ally have a chance of fit­ting in the rear seats.

MERCEDES-BENZ SEC C126

In­tro­duced in 1981, the three-pointed star’s take on the big, pow­er­ful coupé ma­jored on wafta­bil­ity. Well, most of the time. With a range of straight-six and V8 en­gines, there was more breadth to the SEC’s range than the 928, which helped vol­ume sales. Again, it was much more prac­ti­cal, but in 295bhp 560 SEC form, not far off the 928’s pace, ei­ther.

928 BUY­ING TIPS

Most 928s are au­to­mat­ics, so man­ual cars carry a hefty premium. Man­ual GTS models have been known to push £60k, even with more than 100k miles on the clock.

Though a 928 can wear big miles well, it’s a com­plex car. Only buy from an en­thu­si­ast who’s got a stack of in­voices point­ing to dot­ing long-term care.

As be­fit­ting an expensive GT, there are plenty of eletron­ics which are well known for fail­ing and for be­ing dif­fi­cult to lo­cate and sort. Lots have af­ter­mar­ket alarms and im­mo­bilis­ers that can drain bat­ter­ies and leave un­sightly holes in the dash­board.

The tim­ing belt should be re­placed ev­ery four years or 45,000 miles, with a fresh wa­ter pump in­stalled at the same time – bud­get £600 for this at a spe­cial­ist.

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