Saturday, August 30, 2014

15k: Soup Or Car? 1990 Porsche 928 GT

In 1989 Porsche introduced yet another version of their long in the tooth 928 -- it was called the 928 GT and featured slightly more horsepower, a sportier suspension and 9 inch wide rear wheels.  The 928 GT was a small glimpse of the awesome that would come with the final version of the 928 called the GTS...but I'm getting ahead of myself.  Find this 1990 Porsche 928 GT offered for $16,900 in Kennewick, WA via craigslist.  Tip from Chris.

The GT was the last iteration of the original body style for the 928 and it got the bigger engine before the wild fender flares of the GTS model.  According to only about 100 of the GT models made it to the USA in 1990, so this is a rare piece of machinery.  

The 5.0 liter V8 from the 928 S4 was souped up slightly to increase horsepower from 316 hp to 326 hp for the GT version and it was only available with a 5-speed manual gearbox.  The GT has a unique electronically controlled limited slip differential out back that was adapted from the 959 super car.

As a former 928 owner, I can say that the driving position is nothing short of fantastic; you sit low to the ground and are wrapped in gauges.  Critics will say the 928 drives like a big German Camaro, but in truth the 928 was a great handling car (for its era) and will keep up with modern "sports" cars with ease.

See a better way to drive a Porsche without constantly worrying about lift-off oversteer?


  1. You know, Bill, there's one thing I learned in all my years. Sometimes you just gotta say, "What the f*ck, make your move."

    I know, I know, wrong generation of 928. This is an awesome deal!

  2. 928s are so tempting. Beautiful cars, relatively fast and carry the Stuttgart emblem. But...

  3. But nothing. Is the wiring a collective bauhaus nightmare of identical colored spaghetti? Yes. Is transaxle replacement a job better left for over muscled demigods on loan from Olympus? Yes.


    Like the man said, the driving position is positively, irresponsibly, obscenely intimate with your body seemingly enveloped by the seat, gauges, pillars, console. The anatomy of the cockpit beckons the driver to slide in and become ensconced by all it's various curves and shapes. Close the driver door in a 928 and you have truly reached man-machine symbiosis. Or so it feels.

    And, you can get entire parts cars for $7.10 in dimes. Maybe less if you hum a few bars of Hank's "Jambalaya"...

  4. But someone with too-little money likely buy it and fail to give it the maintenance it deserves. It will then continue its march into derelict-$5000-Porsche-928 country from which there is no return. Unless you are a dedicated Porscheophile with a robust disposable income, please compare specs with an early 2000s Boxster S. You will find a Porsche that is at least as capable as the 928 Gt for the same entry fee that is much easier/cheaper to own.

    1. You speaketh the truth, Drew. No doubt. Stacked against the manual Boxster the 928 has its wrinkles. But it has back seats and a fantastic v8 rumble. Of course, best to just make the wisest move and have both: like my dad-1984 928s and 2000 Boxster. Both bought for less than 5k, iirc.


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