Lot 265 - 1994 Porsche 928 GTS Manual
|Estimate||£37,000 - £43,000|
|Result||Sold - £51,520|
Unveiled at the Geneva Salon in 1977 and voted Car of the Year for 1978, the 928 was intended as an upmarket replacement for the long running 911, but in the event Porsche's rear-engined classic would outlive its younger sibling. The front-engined 928's stylish hatchback body featured aluminium doors, bonnet and front wings in the interests of weight saving, while ingenious impact resistant 'bumpers' made of colour matched plastic were incorporated into the nose and tail. The V8 engine, Porsche's first, displaced 4.5 litres and produced 234bhp. A five speed transaxle gearbox or three speed automatic were the transmission options. In 1979 the 928S with its 4.6 litre engine arrived and then in 1986 the model was further revised and restyled, becoming the 928 S4. Its engine producing 320bhp courtesy of twin-cam, 32 valve cylinder heads and enlargement to 4,957cc, the S4 enjoyed a welcome top speed boost to 160mph.
In 1989 Porsche moved the game on with the even more powerful 928 GT, which with a top speed of around 170mph was the Stuttgart firm's fastest production car at that time, before launching the model's ultimate incarnation, the 928 GTS. Introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1991, the latter boasted a 5.4 litre engine producing 345bhp, 17" cup wheels, uprated front brakes and flared rear wheel arches for increased performance. In this form the 928 lasted in production until the model's deletion in 1995. Porsche has not made anything like it since and today this appreciating modern classic enjoys an enthusiastic following worldwide.
This absolutely superb example is presented in Midnight Blue metallic, with classic grey leather interior, further enhanced by the sports seats which are part electrically operated. The 928 GTS in manual form, such as this wonderful car, is one of the rarest of modern era Porsche classics with just 44 UK examples supplied, we are confident that this vehicle is one of the very best available and a sure future classic. The car retains its original service book and documentation such as leather wallet and drivers handbook, this is accompanied by a comprehensive history with service records, copy invoices and a considerable amount of MoT test certificates. Also, this car comes with its tool kit, Porsche fitted factory alarm, two sets of keys and a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. In July this year, the current owner had a substantial amount of work carried out on the car by Porsche specialist 928 Spares Ltd, the works totalled £8539 and included new brake pads and discs all round, a full inventory of work carried out can be seen on file. This completely original and extremely rare righthand drive example with the equally rare manual gearbox, this must be one of the finest available on the market today and with a similar example fetching $140,000 in the USA this year, this surely must not be missed.
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