I focus a lot on the final model in the 928 line, the GTS. For good reason: as the final evolution of the model’s 17 year run the GTS is a very attractive car that brings with it the highest levels of performance and refinement that we covet so dearly in any GT.
However, they also can be very expensive. So for the Grand Tourer on a budget we need simply to turn the clock back a little and look at one of the early 928s. From there prices become much more reasonable. Which brings us to this: a Black 1983 Porsche 928 S, located in Missouri, with an interesting Berber cloth/tan leather interior and 76,161 miles on it. 1983 was the first year of the S for the US market and along with some minor aesthetic evolution it brought with it an increase in displacement from the original 4.5 liter V8 to a 4.7 liter V8. Naturally power was up slightly as well to 234 hp. This one also is equipped with a 5-speed manual.
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.