[ Own­ing a Porsche 928]

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Gra­ham Martin and Jay Win­ter jointly own the car in the pho­tos – it’s one of four 928s they’ve owned be­tween them, and Martin still has an ear­lier S2. ‘We both had an epiphany when at 18 a wealthy young friend of Jay’s turned up with a new 1980 Porsche 928S in Guards Red,’ says Gra­ham. ‘Its Gerry An­der­son UFO styling blew us away – it was light years ahead of our daily driv­ers back then, a Tri­umph Vitesse and an Es­cort Mex­ico. The in­te­rior was er­gonom­i­cally per­fect and the rum­ble from Porsche’s V8 put the hairs on our necks on end.’

‘Scroll on four decades and a col­lec­tion of in­ter­est­ing cars be­hind us, we co-own this three-owner, 38,000-mile 1981 non-sun­roof 928S auto. It is a rare car hav­ing been spec­i­fied with a full leather in­te­rior in­clud­ing mag­no­lia seats and fawn car­pets to raise the mood – many 928 in­te­ri­ors are all-black. It has the up­graded hi-fi sys­tem with eight speak­ers. Jay sourced an OEM ra­dio/cas­sette rather than the ar­che­typal Blaupunkt.’

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Marc Chen­ery paid £4000 pri­vately in 2014 for his 1985 S2, which pretty much rep­re­sents the bot­tom of the mar­ket. He drove it home 150 miles from Cheshire, ‘I bought it for my birth­day. I’d had big V8s be­fore – In­ter­cep­tors and Rover P5BS – and as an ar­chi­tect I’d al­ways liked 928s for their time­less de­sign, so I wanted the orig­i­nal re­cessed-tail light car.

‘The tem­per­a­ture gauge didn’t work, but the pre­vi­ous owner had wired in a re­mote dial. I had it ser­viced for £250 – a cam­belt change is about £500 – then drove it daily for 18 months in all weather, in­clud­ing four days in the snow. It’s been fault­less, apart from the rear hatch some­times spring­ing open on bumpy roads. All that needed was a new plunger, spring and plas­tic sleeve for £12, mail or­der.

‘It gets hot in­side – the air­con doesn’t work, of course – but you just open a win­dow. I’ve even had four peo­ple in it. I only stopped us­ing it be­cause some­one gave me an X5 which is more suit­able for work, so now I’ve pulled out the in­te­rior to have the worn seat bol­sters re­cov­ered, and the rest re­con­no­lised. I’m also go­ing to fit some new glass­fi­bre boot side trims that I found in the US.

‘I’m 6ft 5in and 21 stone with a 54in chest and it fits me per­fectly. As I slide down into the seat it’s like a be­spoke suit. I now know how Dan Gur­ney felt in a GT40, but I don’t quite need a roof bub­ble – there’s a fin­ger clear­ance be­tween the top of my head and the sun­roof.’

Adrian Clark has owned 928s since 1989. He’s raced the big Porsche GTS since 2007 and his col­lec­tion cur­rently in­cludes two race cars (one with an en­gine bored out to 6.4 litres), three SES, a GTS and a 500bhp su­per­charged GT.

‘My first 928 was a 928S man­ual I bought in 1989. Great car ex­cept the cam­belt went af­ter a week, luck­ily with no ma­jor dam­age be­cause it hap­pened at low speed. Since then I‘ve owned many, though my pas­sion since 2007 has been rac­ing my two 928 GTSS. Both have been rac­ing since the mid-nineties and have been de­vel­oped over the years to be com­pet­i­tive and beat more modern Fer­raris and As­tons.

‘They can be very com­pet­i­tive race cars, han­dling be­ing their big­gest ad­van­tage along with the pow­er­ful en­gine and torque. You need a dry-sump up­grade to avoid en­gine fail­ures though, and ad­di­tional gear­box cool­ing is im­por­tant. For 2018 I hope to be cam­paign­ing again in the BARC In­ter­mar­que Cham­pi­onship and CSCC Fu­ture Clas­sics se­ries.

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