Introduced at the 1977 Geneva Motor Show, the 928 was conceived (and priced) as the flagship of the Porsche range. A luxurious GT, it was styled in-house by American Tony Lapine as a replacement for the ageing, compromised 911. Ultimately, it failed to usurp its tail-heavy sibling despite becoming the only sports car ever to win the European Car of the Year title in 1978. Built around a galvanised steel monocoque, it made extensive use of aluminium for its wheels, doors, bonnet, transaxle housing, front suspension wishbones, rear suspension uprights, upper links and main cross member. This practice not only saved weight but also contributed to the near perfect 49:51 weight distribution. Available with a choice of manual or automatic transmission (housed in its award-winning passive rear steer Weissach transaxle) the 928 was regarded as a crushingly capable Grand Tourer. The subject of a continual development programme, it evolved through S and S2 guises before the arrival of the S4 version in Autumn 1986 (the 'S3' being a US market only model). Reputedly capable of 0-60mph in 6.3 seconds and 165mph, the newcomer was powered by an enlarged 4957cc DOHC 32-valve V8 that developed some 316bhp and 317lbft of torque. Equipped with air conditioning as standard, the aerodynamically improved S4 was visually distinguished by a reprofiled nose and revised tail (the latter incorporating new light clusters and a larger spoiler).
Finished in silver with dark blue leather upholstery, this particular automatic example is described by the vendor as being in "excellent overall" condition. Reportedly "a three owner car" that passed through the hands of "a father and son" before being acquired by the "principal of an official Porsche centre", 'E428 LYW' is said to boast an "amazing history, principally main agent with a few specialists". Stated to have covered some 125,500 miles from new, recent work has apparently seen it benefit from a replacement cambelt and new discs / pads all round. Riding on refinished alloys shod with fresh tyres, this pampered Porsche is offered for sale with original keys (including the spare), book pack, history file and MOT certificate valid until August 2008.