This is what piqued my interest for the early cars.
I became curious if this car still existed. Did Ferry own it? Is it still in the family, stored in a garage up in the hills of Zell am See?
In the meantime, I had this crazy idea to find an early 928 in need of restoration (not hard to do), and restore it as a replica. I wanted a tribute to the Geneva show car and early 928's!
Out of sight - out of mind, but the early car was still in the back of my head.
Just following the Boston Sharks Party '10, scanning Rennlist at Carl's (Ispeed) house, I came across an ebay ad for a Guards Red OB.
I say to Carl, "ya know, I've always wanted to restore an OB." I tell him about my Geneva car idea. He replied bluntly, "no one knows what the hell is a Geneva show car!?"
Looking a little more closely at the ad revealed a car with an early VIN.
I thought, this is interesting, but really didn't have any idea what I was looking at. So I decided to follow it. And starting digging through my 928 books.
I began to learn about the early 928, at it's place in Porsche's history.
Not long after, I found a great early Road & Track article by Joe Rusz. It was their first driving test of the 928. And in that article was a front-on shot of a shiny new red 928, looking really good posed in front of a French sunset.
What if the car in the photo what the same car for sale on ebay? License plate read S-CX 2137.
Days later the VIN checked out to be an early car, and I prepared to make a deal with the seller. Out of nowhere, and literally without asking, the seller sends me a cell photo of a Porsche document. On that letter from Porsche read Factory Company Car (S-CX 2137).
My heart skipped a beat. This was the Road & Track car!
We made a deal, and I took delivery of Number Six a month later. I was hooked.
Just when you thought you had the oldest 928...
In my seemingless endless search for NOS parts and hard-to-find used early car parts, I find myself hopelessly addicted to scowering Craigslist and Ebay.
I'm attracted to any ad that reads 78 Euro, and call on most everyone I see.
Matter of fact, Rob (Bronto) sends me CL ads semi-daily.
Most often I ask for the VIN. Sometimes sellers have it and are kind enough to offer it.
So the other day, Chris (Landseer) sends me a lead for a 77 928. Typically, I've found 77 to be a typo, but was particularly interested in this typo because the ad also read No AC. Don't see that too often.
I leave a message with the seller.
Hours later, the seller calls. Out of habit, my first question, "may I have the VIN?"
He readily offers up 9288100011. I can truly say I wasn't expecting to hear what I just heard. I asked him to repeat it, to which he did.
See, my #6 is VIN 9288100016, so I knew right away what I may be looking at if the seller was legit.
I knew that four cars earlier than mine were painted Gran Prix White. So I casually asked the seller the car in question's color. His response equally met my hope. I was esthatic!
So I pretty much on-the-spot offered to buy the car. The car that should be the first pre-production prototype, press car.
I needed to do my due dillegence. In the case of a car like this, it's pretty straightforward. I asked the seller to verify the engine, and within a short time, had a match. Numbers matching.
I'd already documented all 11 of the press cars, so a quick search revealed an early white car with license number S-CX 2132.
I think we have a match. Took delivery of Number One, two days later.