1980 Porsche 928 as seen on car36.com

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1980 Porsche 928 as seen on car36.com

 
1980 Porsche 928 SOLD
 
The 928 was and still is much maligned as not a true Porsche. Having owned this car for 25 years I am either lucky or the critics are wrong - possibly a little of both. It has been one of the most reliable high speed touring cars I have owned. Even with an automatic, it is used mostly at PCA driving events and for long road trips. At both it performs well and with gusto. One of the best kept secrets are the seats, making it my wife's favorite car for long trips - an Audi A6 Quattro is her daily driver.
 
Body / Chassis
The transaxle design gives it near perfect weight distribution. The "Weissach" rear axle as it is called, results in flat and stable turning on those winding or mountain roads. Although many of the exterior body panels are aluminum, the underlying structure is solid as a rock and doors close like new 30 years after manufacture. This early model does not have the front air dam and rear wing and sometimes lift is an issue at high speeds where this car loves to be. The Tony Lapine design is timeless to many and styling cues from it were picked up by many lesser cars of the time. If you want something that holds it's value or even appreciates, forget this, but if you want a GT at a bargain, look for a good used one and you won't regret it. If you like speed and comfort on long interstate sections or curvy mountain roads - this is the the best kept secret in the Porsche world.
 
Engine / Transmission
This single overhead cam is not the screamer that the later S models are, but it appears to be bullet proof. A set an Ansa or Borla aftermarket exhaust give it a nice V8 rumble. At 1980 Porsche 928 as seen on car36.comspeed it is designed like many Autobaun cruisers - 0 to 60mph - nothing special, 60 to 120 mph hold on and enjoy. Cruising at 100 mph + is effortless and quiet. About that automatic! Well I put this one on a dyno and ran it up to redline - 110 mph in second gear. Transmission is a heavy duty Mercedes unit used in the "Grosser Mercedes" sedans and limos of the era.
 
History of Car
I bought this car from the first owner in 1985 with 11,000 miles on odometer. ( about 60,000 mile now ) When I asked the Porsche mechanic who serviced it what it need, he said "a wash and vacuuming". Exhaust (Borla Stainless) and tires (Pirellis), plus regular service since. I added a 170 mph speedometer (delivered with 85 mph). Got tired of being the last to know how fast I was going. Up until recently Montana had a "Reasonable and Prudent" speed limit, so the only problem was a Warning Ticket when clocked at 134 mph. Not bad for an old car.
 
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