Junkyard Outtake: 1983 Porsche 928S – A Mighty War Horse Stumbles To The Ground

I didn’t intend to share this with you originally, I shot these very few snaps to text to a Porschaholic friend of mine and when I came across them again today, figured what the heck, it’s not everyday anyone sees a Porsche 928S in a scrap yard.  Oh, how the mighty fall too, everything is equal under the gaze of Father Time and eventually the time comes to donate so others of its ilk can continue to roam.  Let’s pour out a Doppelbock for this once mighty war horse.

There isn’t too much left of this stallion but even it was a donee at one point, that back hatch above is finished in a blue color as opposed to the Ruby Red of the rest of the car.  That back picture also shows off what was the first example of a fully integrated bumper with the crash structure fully enclosed within the flush body end cap.

The front picture with the bumper skin conveniently already sold to someone shows the aluminum structure underneath and we get a good view of what’s left of the front suspension.  The 928, originally launched in 1978 and winning European Car of The Year honors its first year was originally meant to replace the 911 for Porsche; as we all know, that never really panned out and the 911 lives on today, albeit as more of a grand tourer in the way that the 928 really mostly always was.

Sporting Porsche’s first production car V8, originally a 4.5l, by the time 1983 rolled around, it had been upgraded to a 4.7l unit generating 234hp, a whopping 62hp less than what was sold back in Germany.  The vast majority of 928s have an automatic transmission, originally a 3-speed Mercedes unit, and then upgraded to a 4-speed for 1983.  The “S” is supposed to have a little rear spoiler on it that wraps around the hatch area, this example doesn’t have it which is curious but it may have been taken already although I would think we’d be able to see the mounting points.  It does have the bodyside molding that I don’t believe I’ve ever seen on an earlier non-“S” car so I’m fairly confident it really is an ’83.

That once was a very luxurious place to sit and drive a car.  It has since deteriorated somewhat.  I’m going to take a wild guess and say that this car may have finally succumbed to some sort of overheating malady but that’s just a guess based on the evidence in the passenger footwell.

These days the really early cars are valuable (pre-1980), as are the latest ones after the body was refreshed.  This version is sort of a tweener, the engine didn’t get really good again until 1985 when the 4valve heads arrived in a 5.0l engine along with most of the “missing” power.

I’ve always liked these, even if or perhaps precisely because they were a bit of an outlier and underappreciated at the time.  This particular example has a very nice color combination that I’d be proud to have in my garage but the days of me really wanting to care for a 35+year old finicky and expensive European are likely behind me.  Still, seeing it here between a similar vintage Toyota Panel Van and what I think is an old W123 missing its roof is a little shocking.  At least it looks like a lot of the parts have been put to good use by others.  We’ve also had a few very good treatises on the 928 here at CC, some of them listed below.  There’s a surprising amount of 928 love, or at least respect, here.

Related Reading:

Matt Spencer’s 1983 928S COAL

Don Andreina’s excellent synopsis

Paul Niedermeyer’s usual marvelous take

Jim Klein’s Porsche 928