Brief Notes: Porsche 928S

After just three short months – well, two and a half, actually – my Porsche 928S has been sold and picked up by its new owner.

The Sprint and the Brumby both go tomorrow. As I said earlier in the week, change is afoot. More to come later.

To the 928, though…..

I never wrote much about the 928 here. That’s probably because I didn’t drive the car enough to connect with it and form a full opinion. That’s partly because of the cost of driving it regularly. It’s partly because of my Alfa Sprint, which I absolutely adore. And it’s partly because I knew I’d be selling it soon, from 2 weeks after I bought it (a new job came up in early March, one that will require a few significant changes).

I expected the 928 to feel faster than it did. It was certainly brisk, but I was probably seduced by my previous 968CS into thinking that the 928 could be brutal. I fully expected it to be an amazingly capable and genteel GT car – which it is – but I also expected some animal. I just didn’t get that animal feeling as much as I would have liked.

There are a few areas where the 928 is truly exceptional.

The first of these is the handling. The 928 is a burly beast with a big V8 lump at the front and yet it handles like a car with half the weight and half the cylinders. A GT car is supposed to make its money on comfortable long-range trips from city to city. The 928 does that with aplomb. But it’s the 928’s ability to carve its way along a B-road that really surprised me. Just fantastic.

The second is the styling. The 928 bleeds presence. When you look it, try to remember that it was designed in the early-mid 1970’s. There were a lot of very nice looking cars drawn at that time, but the 928 is unique in that the other cars still look like outstanding classic cars from the 1970’s. The 928 still looks quite contemporary today.

I’d wanted a 928 for a long time and I’m glad I scratched that particular itch. I wish it hadn’t cost me quite so much money – selling a car that’s not in demand when it’s not 100% and you’re pressed for time is a costly mix – but I’m still pleased enough to have had the experience. It’s an experience that I won’t try to replicate soon, and one that I’ll do my best to learn from.

And on that note, here are a few pictures. Sadly, not enough.










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  1. Sweet looking car, and I like the way the suspense is building over your big announcement 🙂

    I hope you at least got close to breaking even on the Porsche?

    1. Nope. I took a bath on it. An absolute kicking. Thankfully I’ve got enough of a buffer to cope with it and still make the next move but I never want to go through that again. This car was a costly indulgence, the likes of which I will think about very carefully next time.

  2. Swade, sorry to hear that it was costly to you. At least it is out of your hair.

    I got the 968, but I have never liked the 928. Too much of a tank.

    My friend Ron had one when they were new and I did get to drive it a bot, and was really not impressed with it……..I liked the Nissan twin turbo 300 ZX I was driving a the time way better.

    But I am and air-cooled guy……what do I know?

  3. I am really fond of the 928. Imagine that the design is 40 years old!! Most 40 year old cars look … 40 years old. But not the 928. Amazing!!
    And there is an abandoned 928S sitting in a barn near us. I wonder if it’s for sale… 😉

  4. I love the looks of the 928, too. It truly is a testament to the refined restraint within the Porsche design house. Well done!

    I’m truly sorry that you lost more than you’d care to on it. That’s a bitter pill.

    Frankly, I’m most surprised that you sold the Brumby. The handiness-to-cost ratio seemed to be in its favor.