This is one of the pre-production vehicles produced for the 928 launch in the spring of 1977.
Factory company car. Chassis # 9288100018. Originally registered S-CX 2139
I have owned the car for the last 8 years.
mail, text or sms me if you are interested. I will bring it to TecnoClassica if the feedback is good.
Price is negotiable, it is difficult to value the historical aspect of this vehicle.
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Before moving to the obvious question of the seller's asking price (or value thereof), I believe it's most important to understand what this 928 is, or was from a historical perspective. The best way to do this is discuss what Porsche intended for its use. Read on for more...
If you ever wondered where the 928 Parts Catalogue (PET) came from, these early pre-prods wrote the book.
The 928s public debut was slated for the Geneva Auto Salon in late March, but Porsche started of first with a select launch for journalists from February 23rd through March 8th, at the Hotel Mas d'Artigny in Saint Paul-de-Vence, France. This was a special invitation event where Porsche summoned press agents from virtually every continent. For two weeks, the 12 press cars were trounced around the mountains of southern France.
Journalists wrote favorably about their experience with the press cars and plastered photos of them throughout international publications in the months that followed.
They were company cars that were used by Porsche for the better part of two years. There's not much history beyond that, other than we know that some were sold into private hands.
Certainly, Number 8 (and the others) holds a significant place in Porsche history. So the real question is does its significance warrant the cost of admission? I know how I feel about this, but I'm a little bias. So I'll leave it up to you to decide.
As I was finishing this article, the owner/seller of Number 8 contacted me with more info. I'll leave you with what he had to share (w/additional photos below).
Very cool if you write about my car! I thought I would give you a brief summary of the cars history, to my knowledge.
I bought the car in the fall of 2006. My brother and a friend had come across the car at a local used car dealership earlier that year. They bought it, and soon realized it needed a major service. Both had newly stepped into fatherhood, and their priorities were with family and jobs. I bought it of them and spent the winter servicing and getting it ready for the road again. Since 2007 I have kept the 928 continuously roadworthy and it has kept me continuously happy every time I am behind the wheel. The first couple of years it was our only car, and as you see from one of the pictures it was driven in the wintertime, even driven to the mountain ski lodge. I did wish it had LSD when driving up the steepest hills of the mountain passes. I also attended a few local autocross events, actually with pretty good results. In 2010 I stripped the car down ad had it repainted, as the original paint was showing some wear, and a previous owner had S-ified the car. I had the spoilers removed and the front wings replaced. The original ones were heavily corroded, cracked and full of holes for the s-spoiler. (I still have them). After the paint-job, I stopped driving it during the winters.
The car was imported to Norway in 1984. Norwegian car-taxation penalizes passenger vehicles with large engines heavily. However, there had been found a loophole, in 1983-84. If the rear seats were removed, and a plexiglass wall behind the main seats was installed, it would be defined as a delivery vehicle. Hundreds of 924s, 944s and 928s were imported to Norway this way, including mine. The politicians soon made this impossible, and on the last day of the old rules, there was a long line of Porsches at the Border Toll Station. I spoke with the son of the first Norwegian owner, and he said his father was in this line on the last day. After 10 years one could re-register the car to passenger vehicle tax-free.
My car had 10 previous owners in Norway, how many in Germany I don`t know. The first one, was as we know Porsche AG, and I had this confirmed by E-mail correspondence in 2007.
The car has more or less been in continuous use, and is in no way in museum condition. It has a recent window-out respray and looks pretty good. The car has at one point been modified to an S-look. The interior does appear to have been changed color from tan or brownish, but I am not sure. Everything seems to be leather wrapped, including the instrument cluster, and I have been told by someone that this is unique for the early ones. The seats looks very much like 930 seats, very deep. I do not know if they are original, but they seem to have had the same color as I suspect the dashboard and other interior parts possibly had.
In my opinion, several or all of the previous owners have not been aware of the unique history of the car. Otherwise it would probably not have been altered with like it previously has been. Unfortunately the original engine has been replaced at one point, after a theft, where the bottom end got damaged and the engine was run dry from oil until it seized. The insurance paid for the new engine, and no one had the sense to keep the original. Over the years, I have found myself using the car less and less. It still gives me a great feeling when driving it. But maybe it is time for someone else to take over. Maybe it will go back to Germany?
- Eilif Hansen