Saturday, March 8, 2014

15k: Nine Twenty Ute: 1978 Porsche 928-amino

Oh Texas. The Lone Star state.  Pickup truck heaven. El Camecca. The land where hack saw wielding lunatics cut apart the perfectly rounded rump penned by Wolfgang Möbius.  Fortunately, there is a truth hidden among the hacked up sheet metal and BBS alloys - for the 928 was one of the best muscle cars to ever be built by Germans...so why not make a ute version. Find this 1978 Porsche 928-amino offered for $12,900 in New Braunfels, TX via hemmings.  Tip from Denis O.


The Porsche 928 was a world changing car when it appeared in 1978.  The list of things that were new and innovative on the 928 is long, but foremost was the use of polyurethane bumpers that survived the DOT's 5 mph impact standards without the addition of rubber bumper extensions.


The addition of a Chevy truck style rear bumper with embedded C4-vette style brake lights speaks volumes about the builder of this thing and is a regular fixture on lowered pickup trucks across the country.  Unfortunately the seller does not include any good pics of the rear, bed interior, area behind the seats (are the vestigial rear 928 seats gone?).


This is an early 928, so it has the SOHC 4.5 liter V8 that is easier on your wallet at the local German auto repair shop but doesn't push your butt around when you mash the loud pedal.  The seller discloses that this needs some kind of fuel injection work, which is scary since the 928 uses some kind of relay based pre-microprossesor solutions with a Bosch K-jetronic mechanical fuel injection system.  You won't have any expenisve ECUs to replace, but there is a rats nest of wires under the passenger foot well with a circuit board covered with dozens of smart relays that are more than just switches. 


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7 comments:

  1. That rear bumper is a 80's el Camino factory object. It may be narrowed a bit to fit this things terrible azz. Hey at least it has a tailgate. But that is the only good thing I have to say about this car.

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  2. To me it looks like the whole bed aft of the rear window was taken directly from a final-gen El Camino. Just abbreviated to fit, as William says.

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  3. One has to wonder what mind-altering substance was involved in the origins of this project. It only had to last until the end of the saw-z-all stage. After that, there was no going back, so you might as well finish it.

    Is that a Corvette hood bulge?

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  4. I'm sorry the lister didn't move to Arkansas before listing the 'vehicle" for sale... We in Texas are already looked upon as a weird bunch...
    JimmyinTexas

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  5. What a perfectly good waste of hallucinogens

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  6. Yeah, I'm with Anon here. We Texans certainly don't run from the 'off kilter' label but this one pains me more than listening to Rick Perry stump. Just...no.

    This lister may want to consider intensive outpatient rehab for their polysubstance abuse problem. The aforementioned psychedelics that led to the build and the obviously crack-induced ask price suggest that something must be done to help this individual. Although I do appreciate their gumption by choosing Hemmings...

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  7. I just choked on my coffee! That is one of the most FUGLY creations I have ever seen in my life!

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