‘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.