Buy­ing Guide

Porsche 928

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‘It’s as adept at run­ning to the shops as ham­mer­ing round a track’

V8 heave, a beau­ti­fullyap­pointed in­te­rior, gen­uinely com­fort­able long-range thrust and a body shape that still looks like a con­cept car 40 years since it first ap­peared in show­rooms, it comes as a sur­prise that it took so long for the Porsche 928 to be ap­pre­ci­ated prop­erly.

The fact that it took un­til around three years ago for the mar­ket to wake up says a lot about the fa­nati­cism the 911 gen­er­ates – af­ter all, the 928 was sup­posed to be its re­place­ment.

But while the 911 es­chews lux­ury for ei­ther on-the-edge thrills or ICBM-like turbo frol­ics, the big, ana­logue 928 of­fers the best of both worlds. Early ver­sions are swift, but by the time the 928 bowed out in 1995 in GTS form, it was pack­ing a hefty 350bhp. But it is more than a su­per­car – it’s a prop­erly us­able GT, equally adept at run­ning to the shops as it is ham­mer­ing around the track. True, most are au­to­mat­ics and to some that will al­ways blunt the ap­peal, but all ver­sions have so much torque that you can still have fun with­out three ped­als. But if you do go down the man­ual route, you’ll be blessed with in­ci­sive han­dling, chew­ing-gum-tothe-heel grip and a beau­ti­fully bal­anced 50/50 chas­sis. Look­ing af­ter one isn’t cheap – th­ese were ex­pen­sive cars to buy when new – but find a good one, and as long as you keep up with main­te­nance regimes there shouldn’t be too many sur­prises.

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