Porsche 928 wasn’t exactly what Ferdinand Porsche believed in. It`s engine wasn’t boxer, it wasn’t placed behind the rear wheels, nor was air cooled. In fact, it was exactly the opposite. Porsche 928 was heavy and luxury GT cruiser with beautiful lines. We are more than happy to share with you this Porsche 928 art here at Simply Petrol.
Its story is more than interesting, just like the car itself. It made 18 years in production and its design process took almost 10. The initial goal in front of the new Porsche 928 was to be the replacement of 911 by eliminating its limitations in terms of interior space and specific handling. To achieve such effect, Porsche engineers considered all possible engine layouts – rear, mid and front. The rear option dropped off because it became hard to cancel the noise with so little space behind the rear wheels. On top of this, the scandal with rear-engined Chevrolet Corvair which became the main character of a book called “Unsafe at Any Speed” by Ralph Nader was still fresh. The mid-engine layout also dropped out of the plans because it was equal to interior space limitations. This is how the first ever GT coupe by Porsche was set.
Its signature shape was created by Wolfgang Möbius under the supervision of Anatole Lapine, the man behind the art of Porsche 917 hippie livery. The engineers managed to get perfect weight distribution of 50/50 front to rear and the engine was SOHC V8 with 240 hp (219 in North America). It was kind of weak but the oil crisis has just arrived and engineers were forced to make a compromise between fuel consumption and power. Even though, Porsche`s efforts were awarded in 1978 when the 928 was announced as European Car of the Year. One of the very few occasions when a sports car got this honor.
Now you can own this beautiful Porsche 928 art created by Terry Smith and carefully issued by Simply Petrol.