Used car buying guide: Porsche 928

Used car buying guide: Porsche 928


If the original 1978 car was a revelation, the subsequent 1980 S was teetering on the brink of glory. However, by the S4, there was only suspicion that the omelette was being overdone, and as the years went by, the smoothness of the 928 dropped as it became saucier, faster, stiffer, and less stiff. Either way, a used 928 is still in demand today.

History shows that despite Porsche’s initial interest in the 928, it was the 911 that flourished. Porsche, always good at doing the wrong thing right, has developed its rear-engined supercar to the point where criticism of its inherent bias seems misplaced. After all, that first Porsche electric car had the engine in the back, so we could see which way the wind was blowing at the time.

what did we say then?

October 28, 1978: “From the station on a dry, well-paved road, there is no wheel rotation; the car just soars to hit 50 mph in 6.3 seconds, 60 mph in 8.0 seconds, 90 mph and the quarter mile in 16.2 seconds and 100 mph in 20.1 seconds. The original attitude of the 928, finally, is low, accompanied by a tolerable roll. It is possible to break your back if you go off the turn, but you have to go very fast. It’s amazing how well the car drives. The 928 combines performance, practicality and road safety to a level unmatched by any other supercar. You could call the 928 a great car for adults.

If the original 1978 car was a revelation, the subsequent 1980 S was teetering on the brink of glory. However, by the S4, there was only suspicion that the omelette was being overdone, and as the years went by, the smoothness of the 928 dropped as it became saucier, faster, stiffer, and less stiff. Either way, a used 928 is still in demand today.

History shows that despite Porsche’s initial interest in the 928, it was the 911 that flourished. Porsche, always good at doing the wrong thing right, has developed its rear-engined supercar to the point where criticism of its inherent bias seems misplaced. After all, that first Porsche electric car had the engine in the back, so we could see which way the wind was blowing at the time.

what did we say then?

October 28, 1978: “From the station on a dry, well-paved road, there is no wheel rotation; the car just soars to hit 50 mph in 6.3 seconds, 60 mph in 8.0 seconds, 90 mph and the quarter mile in 16.2 seconds and 100 mph in 20.1 seconds. The original attitude of the 928, finally, is low, accompanied by a tolerable roll. It is possible to break your back if you go off the turn, but you have to go very fast. It’s amazing how well the car drives. The 928 combines performance, practicality and road safety to a level unmatched by any other supercar. You could call the 928 a great car for adults.