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1988 Porsche 928S4 5-speed

There’s a romantic vision I always seem to have; grabbing my wife and child, jumping in the exotic sports car and heading for the backroads for some spirited driving. That vision always seems to include some exotic; a Maserati Ghibli or perhaps even a Ferrari 400i. While Ferrari 400i prices have remained at a level attainable for mere mortals, the Ghibli has rocket well out of reach. But the Ferrari has problems, too – well, it’s a Ferrari. Last time I checked, maintaining those lovely stallions isn’t exactly cheap. But there is a much more practical supercar also born in the 1970s with futuristic styling and it’s a perennial favorite of ours; I’m speaking, of course, of the Porsche 928. Sure, compare the 928 to a Volkswagen Scirocco and it’s a very complicated, expensive car to run. But compare it to some of the exotics it ran against, and the 928 almost seems like a bargain to maintain. Great build quality, styling which has weathered the test of time and legendary GT performance make for a quite desirable package which is still very affordable in today’s world:

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Year: 1988
Model: 928S4
Engine: 5.0 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 126,088 mi
Price: No Reserve Auction


928 S4

This is a NO RESERVE auction, meaning that the highest bidder at the end of the auction wins, regardless of the final price!

You are bidding on a completely stock 1988 Porsche 928 S4 with a highly sought-after 5-speed manual transmission! The powerful 5.0 L V8 engine revs smoothly throughout the entire rev range and produces close to 300 horsepower! When applied, the 4-wheel antilock disc brakes are very firm and can quickly bring the car safely down from speed. The clutch is tight and the transmission shifts easily into each gear.

As with any car of this vintage, there is some expected, age-related wear; such as areas where the paint has faded, chips, etc. Please refer to the many pictures included below. Most of the inside components of the car function as they should. A nice Sony CD unit is included with the car, but will need to be connected together with new driver’s door speakers. The automatic climate control functions as it should; however, the air conditioner may require a recharge to blow cold. All of the power equipment inside of the car is working correctly including the windows, front and rear wipers, headlights and washers. The power mirrors and sunroof will require attention, as well as the seats. The power locks, which are connected to the factory alarm system, are also a bit finicky. All of the gauges appear to be working correctly except for the fuel gauge, which has been working sporadically after the car came out of storage.

Immediately prior to being listed, this car was in storage and will need to be serviced accordingly. The fuel system has been completely flushed and a new fuel pressure regulator has been fitted. All four tires have also been replaced with a new set. I have driven this car briefly around town, but it is due for a timing belt service and a tune-up, and should not be driven until these services are completed. Inspections are most welcome and certainly encouraged! Please ask any and all questions that you have through the “Ask Seller a Question” link at the top. Thank you for viewing and best of luck in the auction!

Terms of Sale

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A $500 nonrefundable deposit is due within twenty four (24) hours of the auction close by credit/debit card or bank account through Paypal.

Remainder Due

I am happy to store the vehicle for up to thirty (30) days; however, the remaining balance must be paid within three (3) days following the close of the auction via bank transfer, check, or cash. Neither the car nor the title will be released until all funds have cleared my bank.


This vehicle is being sold AS-IS, with no warranty stated, expressed, written, or implied. The seller shall not be responsible for the correct description, authenticity, genuineness, or defects herein, and makes no warranty in connection therewith. No allowance or set-aside will be made on account of any incorrectness, inaccuracy, imperfection, defect, or damage. Any descriptions or representations are for identification purposes only and are not to be construed as a warranty of any type. It is the responsibility of the buyer to have thoroughly inspected the vehicle and to have satisfied himself or herself as to the condition and value and to bid based solely upon that judgment. Seller assumes no responsibility for any repairs regardless of any oral statements about the vehicle.


I am happy to help with shipping arrangements, but this will ultimately be the responsibility of the winning bidder.

We see some typical dealer shortcomings with this model and description; importantly, no service history is offered. The “soft glow” camera retouching makes for very pretty photos, but also hides many flaws. Then the seller claims that all electronic equipment functions as it should; all, that is, except the seats, sunroof, mirrors, fuel gauge, alarm, door locks and radio. On top of that, the air conditioning “needs a recharge” – and the air conditioning system in the 928 is notoriously expensive to fix if it’s a major problem. Plus, after a long stint in storage this car needs a timing belt service; again, an expensive undertaking on these big V8s. Figure that this car needs a few thousand dollars worth of servicing more or less immediately. But the bones of this car appear to be good; there don’t look to be any major areas of issue on the body, it’s a desirable 5-speed and has a tasteful match with black leather. With two days to go on this no reserve auction, bidding has only just cleared $6,000 – leaving plenty of room for maintenance in the budget. Sorting all of the electrical gremlins would likely be a serious undertaking; but if you’d like a neat project car, these 928s are still very affordable and offer impressive performance and cruising ability from a time when Porsche built cars to last the tests of time.


One Comment

  1. Ken
    Ken November 13, 2014

    Electrical problems. No thanks. Having lost a front engine water-cooled Porsche due to electrical problems (which resulted in a complete fry of the electrical system and an insurance buy-out) I wouldn’t consider this one.

    That said, lovely looking car. Maybe (hopefully) this one simply needs some fuses to be replaced….

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