1994 Porsche 928 GTS

1994 Porsche 928 GTS
Courtesy of Bonhams

Unveiled at the Geneva Salon in 1977 and voted Car of the Year for 1978, the 928 was intended as an upmarket replacement for the long-running 911, but Porsche’s rear-engined classic would outlive its younger sibling. The front-engined 928’s stylish hatchback body featured aluminum doors, bonnet and front wings in the interest of weight saving, while ingenious impact-resistant bumpers made of color-matched plastic were incorporated into the nose and tail.

The V8 engine — Porsche’s first — displaced 4.5 liters and produced 234 horsepower. A 5-speed transaxle gearbox or 3-speed automatic were the transmission options. In 1979, the 928S with its 4.6-liter engine arrived, and in 1986 the model was further revised and restyled, becoming the 928 S4. Its engine producing 320 horsepower courtesy of twin-cam, 16-valve cylinder heads and enlargement to 4,957 cc, the S4 enjoyed a welcome top-speed boost to 160 mph.

In 1989, Porsche moved the game on with the even more powerful 928 GT which, with a top speed of around 170 mph, was the Stuttgart firm’s fastest production car at that time, before launching the model’s ultimate incarnation: the 928 GTS. Introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1991, the latter boasted a 5.4-liter engine producing all of 345 horsepower, and in this form the 928 lasted in production until the model’s deletion in 1995. Porsche has not made anything like it since, and today this appreciating modern classic enjoys an enthusiastic following worldwide.

Offered here is what must be one of the best-kept 928 GTSs available anywhere. Completed at the Zuffenhausen-based Porsche factory in September 1994, the new top-of-the-line GTS was equipped for the American market, with a long list of options and extras, and would soon after arrive on U.S. shores. According to the CARFAX report and the owner’s manual, the first owner, Mr. Arch Lee Heady, registered the new 928 GTS in April 1995 in Prospect, KY. The car appears to have been used sparingly by the first owner and had covered less than 3,000 miles when purchased by the second owner in November 2001. By 2002, the car was in Massachusetts, but soon after relocated to Southern California, where it remained with a Manhattan Beach-based enthusiast until 2010.

Today, this sporting Porsche remains in highly original and extremely well-preserved condition, covering less than 24,000 miles since new. The Porsche continues to impress in the original factory livery of silver metallic over a gray interior. All compartments are clean, with the factory-applied decals in place, and the car’s original owner’s manual is still with it. The car’s impressive history file contains many receipts dating back to the 1990s, further authenticating the low mileage, and includes the car’s original window sticker. These powerful V8 Porsches offer a massive 500 foot-pounds of torque in a well-balanced sports car and should be recognized as one of the all-time greats from the Stuttgart manufacturer. This extremely well presented, low-mileage 5-speed example deserves serious consideration.

Prescott Kelly

SCM Contributor

Prescott bought his first Porsche, a 1964 356SC coupe, in early July 1967, just before starting his first job. The next weekend he bought a refrigerator — thereby establishing priorities for life. He has owned many Porsches and is a Contributing Editor for Porsche Panorama, where he concentrates on arcane corners of Porsche history, writes the regular “356 Collectibles” and “MarketWatch” columns for the 356 Registry Magazine, and contributes to Excellence and the Journal of the Society of Automotive Historians.

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