2008 Shannons Melbourne Summer Classic Auction
1985 Porsche 928S Coupe
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The European Car of the Year for 1978 was Porsche's spectacular new 928, the futuristic lines and front-engined layout a complete break with tradition. The changes didn't end there - an all new 90-degree V8 engine and luxurious cabin helped make the 928 a grand tourer par excellence, although the rear transaxle ensured perfect weight distribution and superb handling. Designed for cruising the autobahns at high speed, the majority of 928s were specified with automatic gearboxes but the new car was also a very capable performer when the road got a little twisty - it should be noted that a majority of factory test drivers, when given a choice of which Porsche model they could have as a company car - chose the 928. In 1980, Porsche revamped the model into the 928S, the V8 enlarged to 4.7-litres and the camshafts re-profiled to lift power to 300 bhp. Top speed increased to over 250 km/h and the 0-100 km/h dash took a touch over six seconds, making the 928 one of the quickest cars on the road at the time. The S also boasted front and rear spoilers and 16-inch wheels with a new design plus fatter tyres. All this luxury and performance didn't come cheaply - even by Porsche standards the 928 was an expensive motorcar - but the model was always a strong seller, with in excess of 60,000 built from1978 to 1995. For several years the 928 has been touted as a supercar bargain but values of the best cars - like the example on offer here - are sure to appreciate in years to come.