From 1978 to 1995 the Porsche 928 stood as the pinnacle of the marque’s foray into front-engined grand tourers and had been presumed to be the car that would safeguard the future of the brand. The popularity of the 911 eventually changed that, but over the course of its life the 928 still holds its own as a fantastic piece of Porsche history. Like the 911, over the two decades of 928 production it underwent constant and gradual refinement and improvement, both aesthetically and mechanically, but even today it’s easy to see the close relationship that exists between the first 928 and the last. The example featured here comes from the middle period of 928 production: a 1984 Porsche 928 S, located in Jacksonville, with a scant 5,950 miles on it. There was no manual transmission made available for the 1984 model year so these cars featured a 4.7 liter V8 delivering power to the rear wheels via a 4-speed automatic.
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Entering the world of vintage race Porsches is never a cheap thing, but especially when you come to the quite popular era of the turbocharged 935 cars or the 956/962 prototypes, you’re easily talking about millions of dollars to get into them. However, just outside the realm of the factory cars lie a few specials that were built utilizing factory know how, parts and technology; indeed, in some cases they were faster than the factory offerings. Few were quite as good as the Kremer modified 935s, arguably the ultimate evolution of the turbocharged 911. However, the 935 was really on its way out of the limelight in the early 1980s, replaced by a new formula of prototypes that the factory was throwing its weight behind. As a stop-gap measure until the all-new 956 was released, Kremer and Joest both took the existing – and Le Mans winning – 936 open cockpit racer and modified it into a closed cockpit prototype to the regulations. In the case of Kremer, the new car shared the title with the previous Kremer 936 replicas; it was called the CK5 – C for Group C, K5 for the fifth evolution of their 935 design:
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The Porsche 930 is a favorite of ours here at GCFSB. It helped to shape and define the legacy of the 911 during a time when the future of the model was uncertain. Unfortunately, while it was produced from 1975-1989, there was a period in which it was unavailable in the US. From 1980 until its reintroduction in 1986, the 930 was absent from the US lineup and buyers only had the standard 3.2 Carrera as an option. In 1984, however, Porsche made available the M491 option package. The M491 package was a wide-body 3.2 Carrera with suspension and braking sourced from the 930, but it retained the naturally aspirated 3.2 liter flat-six of the standard 911. So, less powerful than a 930, but with improved cornering and braking relative to a 3.2 Carrera, along with the added benefit of being less of a potential maintenance headache. Typically very well regarded and we don’t come across them too often, but we have one here: a Black on Black 1984 Porsche 911 Carrera with the M491 package, located in Ohio.