Porsche 928

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Contents - Matt Richardson

EN­GINE 4957cc/V8/DOHC POWER 315bhp@6000rpm TORQUE 318lb ft@3000rpm MAX SPEED 168mph 0-60MPH 5.6sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 18-21mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, four-speed au­to­matic MoT 12 months ODOME­TER 99,208 miles

WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?

As much GT as sports car, the 928’s V8 rum­bles at idle, and there’s a muted roar as the car surges for­ward. The four-speed au­to­matic gear­box is slick – you feel the change through the en­gine speed rather than the jolt of the ‘box. The kick­down func­tion works but not un­til fairly high revs. The steer­ing re­tains some weight de­spite as­sis­tance from the power steer­ing. With the en­gine well back in the body and a transaxle gear­box in the rear, the car is well-bal­anced, corner­ing with pre­ci­sion and grip with­out sac­ri­fic­ing a civilised ride. The sus­pen­sion is hard, but not overly so. The brakes are im­pres­sive – there’s plenty of pedal feel and they can stop the car rapidly from high speeds in a straight line with no fuss.

BODY­WORK CHECK

The coach­work is in fan­tas­tic con­di­tion; the pan­els have no dings and there’s not a trace of cor­ro­sion. The are two stone chips on the front bumper but that’s all. At the front the popup head­lights sit flush when closed and at the back the oval ex­haust tailpipe looks like a re­cent ad­di­tion. The orig­i­nal 17-inch Porsche al­loy wheels are per­fect and the Con­ti­nen­tal tyres look al­most new. An Eight­ies mo­bile phone aerial is on the tinted back win­dow. With the car are bills for new door seals and a front spoiler.

HOW’S THE IN­TE­RIOR?

The blue leather bucket sport seats are in very good con­di­tion. The hide looks orig­i­nal and un­re­stored, the driver’s seat bol­ster has the right amount of wear to the colour and patina for the mileage, while the white pip­ing matches this. The blue car­pets are ex­cel­lent, and have new Porsche over­mats fit­ted – a re­ceipt is in the file. The match­ing blue leather head­lin­ing looks amaz­ing and the car has a slid­ing sun­roof, as well as air con­di­tion­ing. JBL tweet­ers and mid-range speak­ers are fit­ted to the doors and a fur­ther pair of speak­ers to the side panel in the rear.

UN­DER THE BON­NET

The 32-valve V8 sits well back in the en­gine bay. All looks clean and well looked af­ter; look­ing at the in­ner wings and chas­sis rails there are no signs of ac­ci­dent dam­age or re­pair, and no cor­ro­sion un­der the clean paint. There is new sound dead­en­ing on the un­der­side of the bon­net and the oil cooler in front of the ra­di­a­tor looks new. Re­ceipts show a K&N air fil­ter el­e­ment and a re­cent air­con ser­vice and re-gas, as well as many other small items. Ev­ery­thing feels just as it should, the sus­pen­sion is smooth and there is no play in the steer­ing. The gear­box and transaxle trans­mis­sion all func­tion cor­rectly.

THE CCW VIEW

Metic­u­lously main­tained, this has to be one of the best 928 S4s around. Un­re­stored and orig­i­nal, anything needed to main­tain the car has been done.

Black plas­tics, chrome and leather in great con­di­tion.

All is well in the en­gine bay, the V8 pulling strongly.

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