1984 Porsche 928S
The evolution of the Porsche 911 is probably the greatest sports car story of all time. First introduced in 1963 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and then designated as a 901, the successor to the 356 took the world by storm. To avoid conflict with Peugeot who claimed exclusive rights to car names with three digits having a ‘zero’ in the middle the car was renamed as 911. The first production 911’s were built in 1964 and were powered by an air-cooled 1991cc 6 cylinder engine. Some 55 years later Porsche are still building the iconic 911 which is quite incredible!
Back in the early 1970’s Porsche were looking at options to replace the 911 (which obviously did not happen!). Sales were in decline and it was viewed that the 911 was nearing the end of its development. Porsche were thinking their new car should be a grand tourer, combining the creature comforts of a luxury saloon car with those of a true sports car. What ultimately evolved was the radical Porsche 928. Development was slow and the 928 was finally shown to the world at the 1977 Geneva Motor Show where it was an absolute sensation. The cars’ space age design was totally unique and the car was just fabulous to drive. In 1978 the Porsche 928 was awarded the coveted European Car of the Year Award which further proved to the world that Porsche’s new formula was a resounding success.
In 1980 Porsche introduced the 928S which featured a revised 4.7 litre V8 engine (the original car had a 4.5 litre V8 engine). Cosmetically the 928S wore a front and rear spoiler supported with wider wheels and tyres. The subsequent evolution of the 928 was the 928S2 (1982-1987), the 928S4 (1987-1993) and 928 GTS (1993-1994). It is widely understood that in total just over 61,000 Porsche 928’s were built from 1978 through until 1995.
Oldtimer Australia is delighted to offer for sale a 1984 Porsche 928S. This particular car has its Australian compliance plate stamped as February 1985, however, its manufacture date was December 1984. This particular example was delivered in a lovely period colour combination of ‘garnet red’ (L999) with a black leather interior. The car is confirmed by Porsche as ‘matching numbers’ and it was delivered new into Adelaide, South Australia. Porsche has confirmed the car was delivered new with the following options: 220 (locking differential), 261 (passenger side mirror, electric, plain) 395 (light metal wheels – forged – 7Jx16″ with tires 225/50 VR 16), 454 (automatic speed control), 474 (sport shock absorbers), 570 (high output air conditioner), 593 (antilock brake system – ABS) and 650 (electrical sunroof). This car is fitted with the popular automatic transmission.
The service book and history file suggests that the car has spent its life with three owners in South Australia before being acquired by its current owner two years ago. This 928S joined a significant Porsche collection, however, the owner has had a change of direction with his car collecting and as a result, it is now offered for sale.
This 928S is incredibly original and it presents and drives really well for a car that is over 30 years old! The car has been repainted at some stage in its original colour scheme and as such it presents beautifully today. The paint has a good depth of colour and there is only the odd blemish or stone chip evident. ‘Garnet red’ is a fabulous period colour that really suits the car.
The glass is good and the lenses, exterior trim, badges and decals are all intact and in very good condition. Some of the anodised ‘black’ mouldings are showing some wear, but their appearance does not really detract from the presentation of the car. One of the features of the 928S2 is the unique ‘disc wheels’ which have just been repainted and are therefore like new. Inside the car is ‘just lovely’! It is very clean and tidy with all of the upholstery, door cards and trim all in very good to excellent condition with no rips or tears and minimal signs of wear. All of the instruments and controls are also in very good condition and well presented. All the controls look to be working, though the air conditioning needs to be re-gassed. This 928S is fitted with a desirable factory sunroof which works perfectly.
The car starts easily and drives brilliantly. It pulls strongly through the gears and is incredibly smooth on the road. It is hard to believe that this car is not ten years old! The automatic gearbox shifts up and down effortlessly and the car handles, steers and stops as you would expect. It was last serviced in Adelaide in November 2015 and it has been used sparingly since. Today the odometer reads 118,842 km.
The car has been fitted with aftermarket parking / reversing sensors and an indicator warning beeper by its previous mature owner.
Accompanying the car is an original owner’s manual / service book and a file of receipts from the last twenty years or so from various Adelaide based Porsche specialists and other trade specialists which confirm that the car has had quite a bit of money spent on to keep it in the condition it is presented today.
There are always quite a few Porsche 928’s available for sale, however, so many of them get ‘messed with’, have not been looked after or are high mileage so it is refreshing to be able to offer such a low mileage, very original and unmolested example.
Price: AUD $45,000.
- Porsche 928S
- 118,842 km
- 4664 cc