There exists a wide range of “degrees of provenance” that collectible cars carry with them. On one end of the scale there are barn finds with virtually no recorded documentation, and at the other end there are the low mileage weekend drivers fastidiously maintained by a single owner over a long period of time. In regards to cars like the Porsche 928, the former is more common than the latter. Perhaps the most special are the latter when owned by a well-known enthusiast. This 1990 Porsche 928 GT is one of those rare and special cars. Originally owned by Rob Burrell, a well-respected member of the 928UK community, this 928 remained in the hands of its original purchaser for 24 years. In a letter to the 928UK community, Burrell stated that this 928 was the best car he has ever owned, without question (further mentioning that it had stiff competition from several other Porsches, a Ferrari, and a Lamborghini).
Burrell sold the car to an enthusiast who held onto it until late 2015, when he put it on consignment at Dick Lovett Ferrari. I am uncertain whether or not the car ever sold, but it is now advertised again by the same dealership for the same price. That price is substantial, too… £74,990, roughly equivalent to $98,570. I don’t follow the UK market for 928’s very closely, so I will withhold judgment on whether or not this is a reasonable figure.
It’s been a while since my last GCFSB article, but I figure that this beautiful 1991 Porsche 928 GT is worthy of a writeup, so here goes. As we all know, mint Porsche 928’s, especially GTS’s, have been in demand for a while now. In fact, pristine 928 GTS’s were fetching 6 figures a few years before mediocre 993 TT’s rose beyond that proverbial barrier. Though slightly less desirable than the later GTS’s, 928 GT’s have fetched respectable figures at auctions. I can recall two selling for greater than $50K at Mecum auctions. The car featured here is listed at the top of the 928 GT market, and it will be interesting to see if it goes quickly at the asking price.
Last month, I had the pleasure of stopping by the 19th annual 928 Frenzy in Sterling, Virginia. In all the years of being a car enthusiast, rarely have I come across a more tight knit and dedicated group of enthusiasts devoted towards one model of vehicle. I’ve learned a lot about these V8 GT cars through fellow enthusiasts over at flüssig magazine and from Jim Doerr at 928 Classics. If you are a fan or owner of the 928 and haven’t checked out either of these sites, you would be well advised to do so. These are people who are helping keep the dream alive when it comes to Porsche’s beloved V8 coupe.
The 928 is a special car and really stands apart from both its contemporaries and modern sports cars of today. While some of the 911 set deride it, the 928 was the first clean sheet design from Porsche. So good was this design, it would last almost 20 years, still looking strikingly current at the end of its production run in 928GTS form. Taking a cue from Carter’s 924 Roundup earlier in the week, let’s take a moment to pay homage to this great GT car and take a look at the different variants throughout the years, staring off with this 1978 928 for sale in Italy.
Before the ultimate iteration of Porsche’s V8 GT car appeared for the 1993 model year, the 928 lineup went through some twists and turns to separate the car into two categories for those wanting a bit more sport and those wanting a bit more comfort. The manual gearbox option was thus dropped on the 928S4 for the 1990 model year, making it the clear choice for those looking for a high speed cruiser. If you wanted to be a bit more involved and row your own, you would have to choose the 928GT, a model which debuted in 1989. The GT would also offer stiffer suspension and a RDK tire pressure monitoring system.
First we’ll take a look at this 1989 928S4 for sale in British Columbia with 75k miles on the clock. This one is a rare non-sunroof model in need of a little fettling.
Motorsports Monday often revolves around Porsches, as we saw with the 1984 911 Carrera that Carter posted earlier today. However, it’s rather rare you see a 928 of any sort prepped for competition use. More of a grand touring machine, these wouldn’t be on the radar of most track day enthusiasts. However, this 1989 928GT 5-speed for sale in Vancouver, British Columbia, has been prepared just so, with an FIA log book to go along with it. Care to take the road (or track) less traveled? This P-car is for you.
There is little replacement for a good Grand Tourer. Big engine in the front, two doors in the middle, and two drive wheels in the rear. It’s a combination of features that always pleases. Porsche, however, might disagree with us on this since they’ve never bothered to replace the 928 since its demise in 1995. Maybe they feel the 911 can handle such duties just fine, or maybe they figure four doors is the way to go rather than two. Regardless of their reasons, for us a proper Porsche GT requires we reach back a few decades to find something like this: a Grand Prix White 1991 Porsche 928GT, located in Missouri, with the highly desirable 5-speed manual transmission and just 33,968 miles on it. The 928GT wasn’t the ultimate expression of these cars as the 928GTS would come along one year after this one, but with the 928GT’s 5.0 liter V8 upfront delivering its 330hp rearward there still was plenty of available thrust to propel these cars forward.
Since joining forces with the guys over at flüssig magazine, I’ve learned so much about the Porsche 928 and hopefully you, the reader, have as well. They are a fantastic resource for all things related to the front-engined, water-cooled sports cars from Stuttgart. One 928 which continues to intrigue me is this car we see here for sale in Texas: the 928GT. The GT was offered for only three years, from 1989 to 1991. This was essentially the more sporting of the 928 range, available only with a 5-speed manual gearbox and a bit more horsepower out of the 5.0 liter V8. If the GTS is getting a bit rich for your blood, it might be time to check out a 928 of this variety.
The Porsche 928 had a long production span of almost twenty years, so naturally you would expect a number of changes would have taken place. Apart from engine upgrades during its life, there were relatively few model changes, but one of the more unique variants was the 928GT, sold in 1989 and 1990 only. The GT was available only with the 5-speed manual gearbox and geared to be a bit more aggressive than the 928S4, with it’s ZF limited slip differential and a little bit less equipment in order to save weight. In 1990 Porsche dropped the manual transmission option from the 928S4 so if you wanted to row your own, the GT was your only choice. Just over 2,000 928GTs were made before the final 928 appeared, the 928GTS. This GT for sale in Florida has traveled a fair amount of miles for such an exotic, but comes with full documentation.
Here comes another one of those impossibly low mileage Porsches similar to the Amethyst Porsche 968 we featured last week. The 928GT debuted in 1989 and packed 330 horsepower out of its 5.0 liter V8. It was available solely with the 5-speed manual gearbox and ZF limited slip differential. The S4 and GT eventually gave way to the final iteration of the 928, the GTS, debuting in Europe in 1992 and North America in 1993. This GT in North Carolina could be one of the lowest mileage examples left and is on offer at an eye watering price.
In 1989, Porsche upped the ante on their competitors again, delivering their Ultimate Autobahn sporting machine, the 928 GT. The GT is a special, high performance sport version of the 928 S4 with the upgrades and power to back it up. The drive train features a revised 5.0 liter 330HP V8 with new intake(same as later GTS),revised cam shafts, shortened shifter and a lightened twin outlet exhaust. The Sport suspension was standard on the GT as well as lighter, one year only “Club Sport” rims with the widest rears yet at 16×9 requiring rolled fender lips all the way around. As such, the GT comes only with a manual transmission with the shifter shorted 1? over the S4’s manual version.
Porsche also introduced driver and passenger-side airbags and becomes the first to make them standard across the model line. New low-pressure tire warning system is standard and the GT and they also got the new electronically controlled Limited Slip Differential. GT Production began late in the 1989 model year beginning March and ending in June making this model very rare indeed. The total U.S. production is estimated to be between only 70 and 105 produced. Our car is a true time capsule with under 400 original miles and special ordered in Forest Green Metallic with cashmere Leather. This car was purchased from its “Original” owner and has been meticulously maintained. The 928 represents the ultimate touring GT super car with Porsche renowned engineering. Truly 1 of 1!
Low mileage cars like these always beg the question “just what was the owner thinking?” If I spent good money on a grand touring machine like this, I certainly wouldn’t have hidden it under lock and key. Almost $100,000 is a big ask for this car. Normally a clean 928GT would bring between $30,000 to $40,000 tops. Original MSRP was about $76,000 and the market for those willing to pay big money for what is essentially a showpiece is razor thin. People that buy a 928 want to drive it, and you could certainly do so with this car. But, like the 968 we featured last week, if you went ahead and did so, say hello to huge depreciation and potential repairs that could be a result of a car sitting around for 23 years.