Would you buy this Chevy-powered Porsche 928?
The Porsche 928 was originally introduced in 1977 as a replacement for the 911. It was designed to be easier to drive than the 911, and easier to live with, but Porsche engineers persisted and well, the rest is history, as they say. For many years, the 928 has been more or less ignored and even now, amidst the classic car frenzy we keep seeing these days, it is relatively cheap to buy. The 928 you see here has just been sold for a very reasonable amount of money and that's probably because it actually hides a big American secret under the hood.
Unlike the 911, the 928 was powered by a V8, not a flat-six, which was placed at the front, giving it a more conventional GT look.
Obviously, this dramatic change also affected the the interior and the driveability. The 928 was more luxurious, more comfortable and much more user-friendly than the 911. The original model was powered by a 4.5L V8 making 237 hp (219 for the North American market) and came with an ideal 50/50 weight distribution. However, the factory V8 in this particular 928 has been replaced with a completely different type of engine, still a V8 but made by Chevrolet: a 383 Chevy small-block with a four-barrel carburettor, coupled with a five-speed manual.
The car is in good condition but there a couple of things worth noting. The body has been repainted several times and the cream leather upholstery for the interior isn't original. The 18-inch wheels and the stereo are also aftermarket and the sunroof doesn't work. There are also a few bumps and bruises here and there, nothing major, and the speedometer actually reads 824,000 miles. That's a bit of a worry, in my book, whichever way you look at it.
The car has just been sold in Las Vegas for $12,150 and that's not bad. I mean, this is Vegas and some people might use that sort of money to go all-in on red, so you might as well park a red car in front of the at the Travel Inn in Downtown Vegas, right?