1988 Porsche 928

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1988
  • Mileage 
    141 200 mi / 227 240 km
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Chassis number 
    WP0ZZZ92ZJS842090
  • Engine number 
    81J01193
  • Lot number 
    421
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Exterior brand colour 
    Red
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

One of 42 Sport Equipment 928s, regarded as the UK's version of the Club Sport with factory driver-focused upgradesA superbly presentedexample recently refinished in Guards Red andmechanically refreshed.Invoices on file amounting to 25,000Delivered new to Williams F1 driver Tom Belso and owned for 24 years, supported by a detailed history folderSE-spec includes uprated 320bhp 5.0L V8, manual short-shift transmission, a limited-slip differential and lightweight alloy wheelsPorsche's intended replacement for the 911 may not have achieved that particular goal, but it wasn't for a lack of performance or technological advancement. Critics immediately recognised the advances inherent in the 928 over the 911, and the car was universally praised as one of the greatest 'GT' cars of all time. It handled, it was quick, it looked fantastic and it was comfortable. With the 928, Porsche created a serious long-distance grand-touring car that could also tackle twisting B-roads with ease, thanks to super-direct steering, 50/50 weight distribution and a clever Weissach rear axle that kept the car firmly planted. Many road testers found that their nerve ran out long before the 928's grip. Porsche continuously developed their range-topper throughout its production life, culminating with the launch of the S4 in 1987, which differed slightly from the earlier Series cars with its smoothed-off front and rear bumpers, larger rear spoiler, more interior equipment and a 5-litre version of the V8 engine developing 316bhp.1988 saw further development in the story of Porsche's 928 with the launch of the SE featuring a more powerful uprated 5.0-litre V8 with 320bhp, but more importantly, the introduction of a 5-speed manual gearbox for those who wanted a more sporty driving experience. The SE specification also included twin exhausts, uprated engine and ECU, sports suspension and limited-slip-differential - the ultimate 928 had arrived!This smart 928 SE was delivered new to Williams F1 driver Tom Belso and first registered on 1st August 1988 with the private registration number 15 TOM. It was optioned with Sport Equipment, Guards Red paintwork and black leather with pinstripe inserts sports seating. Clearly the 928 S4 SE proved itself as a well-rounded car that was easy to live with offering luxury, comfort and performance as it was 24 years later that a decision was made to part with the car. Only 42 Sport Equipment 928s were eventually to arrive in the UK, making this example today a rather rare sight and highly sought after by Porsche collectors and enthusiasts.Our vendor, a private car collector and Porsche enthusiast, purchased the car in June 2016 and began a thorough schedule of works to return it to its best. Naturally, Porsche 928 specialists, Tech9 Motorsport, were entrusted to oversee the refurbishment which included a bare-metal repaint in its original colours and mechanical refresh to ensure the famously bullet-proof engine was in perfect working order. Today, the car presents beautifully and performs very well offering an interesting modern classic Porsche with a fascinating provenance that has been fully sorted by a highly regarded Porsche specialist.Accompanying this 928 SE is a detailed history folder containing recent invoices to the sum of 25,000 for refurbishment works, a full account of the cars service history from new, old MOTsand period magazines featuring reviews on the 928 SE. Also present are the original book pack, service book and complete tool kit.Writing in 911 & Porsche World in 2017, journalist Johnny Tipler compared the S4 SE to the 928 GT, concluding that the SE was in a different league as far as handling is concerned: its precise, theres no sense that its oversteering or understeering, and the power delivery is spot-on.