Porsche 928 ~ 1977-1982

In the early 1970s, Porsche was concerned that its 911 couldn’t continue in production indefinitely. There were concerns over regulations on noise, emissions and the crash safety of rear-engined cars.

With that in mind, the company started work on a possible successor to the 911, and the result was the futuristic-looking 928.

The 928 featured a large, front-mounted, 4.5-litre, watercooled V8 engine made from alloy, with a single overhead camshaft. It drove the rear wheels only. To ensure a near-perfect front-to-rear weight distribution the 928 (like the 924) had a rear-mounted gearbox, or transaxle, between the back wheels. There was a choice of five-speed manual or three-speed automatic transmission.

The rear suspension was notable for its Porsche-Weissach patent geometry. This essentially offered a form of passive rear wheel steering during certainly off-throttle cornering situations.

The bodyshell was a combination of galvanised steel and aluminium (the latter material used for the doors and bonnet), with the front and rear bumper panels being made from deformable plastic – a radical feature in their day, but commonplace today.

Inside, the car was well-appointed with two front seats and two occasional rear seats. A large glass hatchback gave access to the rear luggage compartment. An unusual feature was an instrument binnacle that moved with the adjustable steering column.

The original 4.5-litre 928 remained in production until 1982, when it was replaced by the 4.7-litre 928S. Porsche 928 (4.5 litre)