1984 Porsche 928 S
The Porsche story is a fascinating one and its roots go back to the 1930’s when Professor Ferdinand Porsche was instrumental in the design of the first Volkswagen and also Auto Union race cars. By 1939 he had built three Porsche cars to compete in the 800 mile race from Berlin to Rome. Unfortunately the race was cancelled due to the war and Porsche was forced to focus on supporting the German war effort, however, he had always wanted to build his own cars. In 1944 Porsche was forced to leave Stuttgart and he set up a small operation in Gmünd, Austria. Soon after the Porsche family and many of their engineers were captured and sent to jail. Ferdinand Porsche’s son. Ferdinand junior, or ‘Ferry’ as he was known, was released six months later and he returned to Gmünd to rebuild the family company. Porsche was soon involved with cars again and in mid-1948 the first Porsche 356 was built. It is understood Porsche built some 50 hand made aluminium bodied cars in their small factory at Gmünd before relocating back to Stuttgart, Germany. The rest they say is history as the 356 evolved into one of the most successful sports cars ever built. A hard act to follow indeed . . . but its replacement, the Porsche 911 went on to become a legend!
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 was built in 1964 and it was powered by an air cooled 1991cc 6 cylinder engine. The car evolved with increases in engine capacity to 2.2 litres, 2.4 litres, 2.7 litres, 3.0 litres and 3.3 litres. There were styling changes also, but one always recognised the car as a 911. Some 58 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 928 S which featured a revised 4.7 litre V8 engine (the original car had a 4.5 litre V8 engine). Cosmetically the 928 S wore a front and rear spoiler supported with wider wheels and tyres. The subsequent evolution of the 928 was the 928 S4 (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 928 S. 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 a collector on the Gold Coast in 2016. The car was then sold by Oldtimer Australia to its current owner in June 2018. He has had a change of direction with his car collecting and as a result, this 928 S is now offered for sale.
This 928 S 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 928 S is the unique ‘disc wheels’ which were repainted back in 2018 and still present like new. At the time the car was fitted with four new Dunlop 225/50R16 tyres.
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 condition with no rips or tears and minimal signs of wear. It should be noted that there are a few minor scratches on the centre console. All of the instruments and controls are also in very good condition and well presented. All the controls appear to be working, though the air conditioning needs to be re-gassed. This 928 S is fitted with a desirable factory sunroof which works perfectly.
The car starts easily and it drives really well. 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. The car was last serviced in July 2020 and it has been used sparingly since. Today the odometer reads 121,283 km, so the car has travelled only, circa 2,500 km in almost three years.
Accompanying the car is an owner’s manual / service book (replacement) and a file of receipts from the last twenty years or so from various 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.
- An Australian delivered, factory right hand drive, matching numbers example.
- Finished in the striking period colour of garnet red.
- A highly optioned car with the desirable electric sunroof.
- Books and a good service history.
- A very original car with only 121,283 km on the odometer.
- This would make a great club car that is ready to be used and enjoyed.
- Porsche 928 S
- 121,283 km