Very Rare 928 GTS, Low Mileage and Extremely Well-Maintained
1993 Porsche 928 GTS
Polar Silver with Black Leather Interior
The 928 represented a stark departure from Porsche’s direction up until that point. By the early 1970s, the 911 was approaching its tenth birthday and looking antiquated. Most other companies had abandoned what appeared to be the hopeless rear engined layout and as 911 sales flagged, Porsche management decided to pursue a new direction. They envisioned a thoroughly modern car to supplement, and perhaps eventually replace the 911. Where the 911 was a pure sports car, the new model would be a refined, luxurious, and sophisticated car that could effortlessly cover great distances at high speed, yet still had the performance and handling that were legendary Porsche characteristics.
Porsche’s engineers selected a front engined layout for packaging reasons, as well as a concern that rear engine cars would be made illegal in the critical US market following the backlash against the Corvair. Intitially with a fuel-injected 4.5 liter alloy V8, the 928 was a stunning technological tour de force when the first production car appeared in 1977. Its integrated polyurethane bumpers were a neat solution to new impact laws that would eventually become the industry standard, and the car was impressively aerodynamic. A transaxle coupled with an engine mounted well back in the chassis helped provide excellent weight distribution. The 928 was continuously developed over its 18 year production run, with a DOHC 5.0 liter 32-valve version of the engine appearing in 1985, significant styling revisions for 1987, and the ultimate iteration of the car appearing for the 1992 model year. This car, the 928GTS is by far the most valuable and desirable variant of the car owing to its significant mechanical and cosmetic changes. The rear wheel arches were flared to accommodate 9-inch rear wheels, now 17 inches in diameter, and a 5.4 liter variant of the engine appeared, producing more than 100hp more than the first 928 at 345hp. A host of cosmetic changes appeared as well, including the fitment of 17 inch wheels, aero mirrors, center reflector strip at the rear of the car, and body color rear spoiler.
This particular was sold new on 31 March 1993, reportedly in Edmonton, Alberta, and was optioned with supple leather and heated seats, bringing the original sticker to $82,032. It is believed to have belonged to the same owner from new until 2007, when its second owner purchased it. Its original owner had an aviation company in Quebec and had several DeHavilland DHC-2 Beaver float planes which he used to provide tourism and charter services. He was involved in a small plane crash in 2005, which left him unable to drive, and its current owner purchased it in Laval, Quebec in October 2007, at which time it had sat for some time. He had the car shipped back to Calgary, where it was thoroughly serviced at Porsche South Centre, the official dealer. This included a new water pump, timing belt, hoses, all fluids (oil, brake, transmission, coolant). The invoices from the period show the owner to have been obsessive, bringing the car in for small issues to ensure that it was always in excellent operational condition. The car has covered just 55,000km from new, or just 34,000 miles. It is complete with book pouch with owner’s manual, as well as extensive records since 2007.
The car is in very good cosmetic condition with minor stone chips to the front of the car and a few other signs of wear and aging, but strong overall presentation. The panels are straight throughout and fit well other than the hood, which is a bit high at the back on one side. The Carfax reveals that the car was involved in a front end collision at some point in its life, although the current owner had the car thoroughly inspected and found no evidence, mechanical or cosmetic, of the collision other than the fit of the hood. The lights and lenses are excellent save for a hairline crack in one tail lamp lens and a crack in each fog lamp. Replacement fog lamps are included with the car. The glass is excellent with only light road wear t to the windscreen. The trim is excellent and the wheels are very good, with a handful of small areas of deterioration to the finish but no curb rash.
The interior is in very nice original condition. The dashboard is free of cracks or warping, and the leather is in excellent condition with minor creasing to the driver’s bolster but no other wear of significance. The carpets are excellent and original, as is the trim on the door panels and center console. The switches, instruments, and controls are all in excellent original condition as well. The headliner is showing minor shrinkage around the dome lights but is otherwise in excellent shape. One of the neatest details of the car is the rear visors, which shade rear passengers from sunlight coming in the nearly horizontal rear window.
The spacious luggage compartment is accessed via a hatch back, and the compartment itself is trimmed in carpet to match the interior, which is excellent. The engine compartment is stock in appearance with no modifications. It is extremely clean.
The car runs and drives well, with no issues to report in its operation. The engine starts easily and is tremendously torquey. The car has an impressive solidity that reminds the driver of an old Mercedes. The car has a planted feel that gives an impression that the car would be tremendously stable at high speeds. The brakes are formidable and the feel is thoroughly refined and comfortable, yet rapid and highly capable at the same time.
This is an excellent opportunity to acquire a low mileage 928 GTS in great colors. The GTS is an extremely rare variant, with less than 1000 units built in each year of production. They are becoming increasingly collectible and this example with its low mileage and fastidious maintenance is an excellent example. It is complete with records for the current ownership period, as well as a partial tool set, and book set.
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