1978 Porsche 928 Turbo (?)

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Asked by Aug 28, 2010 at 05:43 PM about the 1978 Porsche 928

Question type: Shopping & Pricing

I was driving down the highway and noticed a car with a for sale sign in the middle
of a town that had a population of 145 people. Granted, the car didn't look
impressive, but I knew instantly it was a Porsche by the body line.

I drive up closer and it's a blue-green 1978 Porsche 928 "Shark", with a back
spoiler. It didn't say much, but I believe it was a turbo. He has it for sale at about
10,000$, the cost of the owner's daughter's tuition for college. It looks a little
rough, but certainly drivable and in good condition.

I live in western Nebraska, and have only seen 2 Porsche vehicles up close in my
life, including this one. It's terrible, I know. I'm a high school senior with a passion
for old cars, and I think since I saw that car, I've fallen in love. I did some research
and it's hard to find information.

Right now I drive a 1998 Ford Mustang with the 3.8L V6, with about 150 HP and a
top speed of 115 (I've only personally had it reach 107, but given a longer stretch
of road I could pull 115 I'm sure) Nothing special, we bought it for 3500.

Recently it's had some hail damage, and the insurance will have it fixed and
hopefully with a new paint job, and we figure it will be worth about 4000$ at most
if we can find someone to sell it to. I have another 1000$ I can put to a new car if I
want.

The problem is price, he gives 10,000 or best offer. He HAS to sell it, so I can talk
him down, but I'm not sure where I could find the other 5000$ for the car before it's
too late. But if this car is really this rare and valuable, it might be a good
investment. I don't know for sure however, that's why I'm here.

What's tempting me is that this car seems to be so HARD TO FIND. I can hardly find
any other similar to know if that's a good price or not. But where I live, there are 4
Mid-90s Mustangs within 200 feet. Uniqueness is more important to me than
anything. But is this car worth it?

Should I go back and get more information, or is it not a good idea? Should I nab
this up before someone else who knows how good of a deal it is steals it? Or
should I leave it?

7 Answers

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Dude. Do not buy this car. Piece of junk. You can get a 183 to 1988 porsche 944 for 4000 to 8000 dollars. Much more reliable. And your v6 Mustang will kill it in a heartbeat. Buy a newer 944. It outhandles anything on the road. DO NOT BUY THIS CAR! Maybe 2000 bucks. Thats all it's worth, tops!!!

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What a croc of shit 928 is a better car than the 944 will ever be and the v6 Mustang wont get near a good 928 in handling or top speed

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I agree with Brian. The 928 is a far better car than the 944 and the Mustang combined and will easily outperform both in just about every way. When new, the 928 was twice the price of the 944. 1978 is an early car and not one of the best years, the late 1980's and early 1990's cars are much better. It will not be a turbo unless it was modified, if so, stay away from this one. The car should have a normally aspirated V8 4.5 litre, most likely with an automatic box.

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You guys are absolutely right. I must apolagize. I just finished doing crack and a bottle of Jack when I posted it. Actually, I had just come off a 924 forum and for some reason(crack,Jack) I thought I was still on that site. Yes boys, 928 is a crazy car!!!!! It will smoke most shit on the road. I apolagize once again. I almost bought one myself but was afraid they might be too much of a money pit for me.I did luck out with one of the nicest 84 944's around though. Up here in Toronto it's pretty hard to find a car that is not beat to crap or has over 200,000 kms on it. I found one with 80000 that was stored in a heated garage since 89. So I got lucky. Cheers boys.

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A 928 with 200K on the speedo is no great drama as long as it has a good and RECORDED service history you would need to see receipts and all the documents from a Porsche garage, seek out a mechanic you trust have a pre purchase inspection and if it comes up good you are away all 3 of my 928's have done more than 200,000kl and still look like new and drive like new as well

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Oops I forgot to add keep away from the TURBO disaster :)

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James, Seems insane that I happened on your post because... I think I bought your car! Henry, NE, right? It's actually in great shape, runs like a dream, under 60K miles. Paid $4500. Bought it fro my 16-year-old son (no, I'm not crazy, he drives like a little old lady). He is still driving with me on a Learner's Permit, but will be using it for an everyday car soon, NE weather permitting. It's mechanically sound with new brakes, pads, fuel pump & more, all original, leather interior like new, the guy who sold it had won 27 trophies at shows with it. I'm hoping we got as great a deal as I think we did... It was a tough little car to research on-line because it seems a hard-to-find one. Would love some feedback, good or bad! batman

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