1987 Porsche 928S4 – SOLD FOR $35,000!

November 28, 2022 Update – Following the Thanksgiving holiday, the high bidder and the seller agreed on a mutually-acceptable price.  Our hats go off to both parties for making this deal on such a pristine example of a Porsche 928 S4!

November 23, 2022 Update – The high bid did not meet the seller’s reserve price, so we’ve moved this vehicle to our “Rides Still Available Page.”  Click the blue button above or below to navigate to this ride’s bid page, where you can either select the green “Buy Now” button or place a realistic counteroffer in the “Bid” box.

November 22, 2022 Update – as a follow-up to several bidder requests, we just added pictures of the original factory body panel tags and a number of the key service receipts confirming the current owner had Flemington Porsche complete all of the service and required maintenance since he first purchased the car in 1997. Please scroll down further to review all of those newly updated pictures.

Guys With Rides is proud to offer Lot 156, a Concours-quality 1987 Porsche 928S4, in an online, reserve-style auction format on behalf of the private seller.

Bidding opened Wednesday, November 9, 2022, and will run for fourteen (14) consecutive days ending at 4:00 PM eastern time Wednesday, November 23, 2022.

This 1987 Porsche 928S4 resides with the current caretaker near our Flemington, New Jersey offices, approximately 90 minutes from either Newark or Philadelphia International Airport.

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The Deets

Year: 1987
Make: Porsche
Model: 928S4
Location: Flemington, NJ
Mileage: 79,250
VIN: WP0JB0929HS861793
Exterior Color: Granite Green
Interior Color: Green Leather
Engine: 316 HP 5.0L 32V V8
Transmission: 4-Speed Automatic
Drivetrain: Rear Wheel Drive
Fuel: Gas

The only sports car ever to win the prestigious European Car of the Year award.  The car originally envisioned to replace the iconic 911.  The Porsche 928 combined the power, poise, and handling of a sports car with a luxury sedan’s refinement, comfort, and equipment. Launched in 1978 and produced for eighteen years through 1995, the 928 became the top-of-the-line production car sold by Porsche.

In true Porsche fashion, the 928 received several significant updates through its eighteen-year production span.  One of the more significant updates was the S4 variant that debuted in the second half of 1986 as a 1987 model. Featuring an updated version of the 5.0 Liter, 32-valve V8 for all markets, the updated engine produced 316 horsepower, while automatic-equipped versions featured a larger torque converter. Fairly significant styling updates of the front and rear fascias gave the car a cleaner, sleeker look. The S4 was much closer to being a true world car than previous models. The only major differences for North American models were the instrumentation in either kilometers or miles, lighting, front and rear bumper shocks, and the availability of catalytic converters in some other markets.

Of the 4,715 Porsche 928 S4s produced for the 1987 model year, 2,421 were U.S. versions.  One of the rarest colors offered that year was Granite Green, an optional metallic hue that only a handful of buyers selected.  When dipping your toes into the deep end of Porsche 928 ownership, finishing a well-documented, well-maintained example is critical to enjoying these GT automobiles.  In addition to the CarFax® confirming, the local Porsche dealership has regularly maintained this 1987 Porsche 928S4.  At the most recent service completed in July 2022, in addition to the annual maintenance and repair of the already-converted 134a A/C system, Flemington Porsche recommended the replacement of the timing belt as the current belt is just coming up on five years old. Consequently, the buyer should plan on completing that service; the cost of this service is factored into the seller’s reserve price.

Rudy can personally attest this example is a serious Concours contender should the buyer choose to go down that path.  The current owner entered and won several Class- and Best-of-Show awards in both the Northern New Jersey Chapter and Porsche Club of America Zone 1 events.

Besides the aftermarket carpeted floor mats, the only modifications made to this 1987 Porsche 928 S4 were the installation of a remote Radar detector and alarm system, both with custom lights mounted in the automatic transmission shifter cover.  Also included as part of the sale are various original sales literature, a full-service manual, and nearly every receipt documenting maintenance and repair receipts back to 1997.  Not shown but also included is a CoverKing fitted indoor cover.

In 1987, the Porsche factory affixed labels to all of the body panels and doors. You can scroll down to the section containing pictures documenting that these tags remain in place.

Here is a complimentary CarFax® for this 1987 Porsche 928S confirming that this low-mileage example has never been in an accident. Please disregard the CarFax odometer comment. The two records shown in April and May of 2011 incorrectly show 78K miles between the correct records of 73K and 74K. Looking at the mileage history of the current owner, any reasonable person will agree those records should have been recorded as 73K. The seller is willing to certify the mileage shown on the odometer to be accurate to the best of his knowledge.

To review the CarFax, please click on the picture below. When finished, click on your browser’s back button to return to this listing:

You can click on the picture below to review Rudy’s Pre-Purchase Inspection (“PPI”) results.  When finished, click on your browser’s back button to return to this listing.  While overall, this 1987 Porsche 928 S4 is in excellent, well-maintained condition that has been Porsche dealer maintained since 1997, Rudy notes the following in his inspection:

  • The factory Blaupunkt cassette deck radio is currently inoperable and will need attention.
  • While the seller had the A/C serviced at Flemington Porsche in July of 2022, since that service, the seller notes the airflow switch on the car’s HVAC control unit erratically shuts off the system when moved.
  • Flemington Porsche completed the last timing belt replacement approximately five years ago. Despite less than two thousand miles during that time, the buyer should consider having the service completed sooner rather than later.

To help you make informed bids, we’re providing access to Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the Classic Car market, that provides an interactive graph of recent comparable sales year-to-date. By clicking on the green dots, you can navigate to each comparable car sold as a way to help you make an educated bid on the 1987 Porsche 928S4 we are featuring for auction here:

VIN Tag Gallery

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Exterior Gallery

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Interior Gallery

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Underhood And Undercarriage Gallery

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Tires And Wheels Gallery

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Windows & Mirror Gallery

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Documentation Gallery

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If you have any questions about this 1987 Porsche 928S4, please comment below or contact Rudy directly at 877-468-6497.  Thank you for looking, and happy bidding!

6 Comments
  1. John

    When were the belts and pulleys services last? Any more details on other services performed, brakes, rotors, suspensions, etc?

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    • Guys with Rides

      John, thank you for your patience. We just added a bunch of receipts and Rudy’s observations in his pre-purchase inspection (“PPI”). The seller confirmed that the timing belt and water pump service was last completed five years ago. During its last service in July, the dealer recommended replacement based on time, not mileage, so while not needed immediately, the buyer should plan on having that service completed in the next six-to-twelve months. Since the seller purchased the car in the late 1990s, it has been serviced exclusively at the local Porsche dealership, save for tire replacement.

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  2. tom

    A shame not to see more detail pictures inside the trunk, underneath the car. Floors, engine, transmission etc. from the pics we can’t make any judgment on rust etc.

    Also – what’s with the red paint on the hood bracket bolts. Was this car once red?

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    • Anonymous

      Let me be clear: THIS 928 CAME FROM THE FACTORY IN THIS COLOR – ALL THE DOCUMENTATION PROVIDED THE SELLER PROVES THAT. To insinuate the car has been repainted is an insult to the current owner’s meticulous care of this 928. The red paint marks are a common Porsche assembly technique indicating the bolts have been torqued properly. The seller had the hood insulation replaced at some point by Flemington Porsche, so the marks could either be from the factory or the tech at the dealership.

      These are very low cars, so providing pictures of the undercarriage is challenging. We believe we’ve provided accurate pictures of the undercarriage, confirming this 928 has always been a garage-kept and rust-free car. If you get serious about bidding, we’ll gladly have the seller bring the car to our lift to take undercarriage pictures.

      If you know anything about 928s, you’d already know that rust is RARELY an issue even on abandoned examples left in a field.

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  3. mylrdog

    Are all the VIN tags in tact on all the body panels?

    In 1987, the 928 came from the factory with a VIN tag sticker on every exterior body panel. Can you verify that all are still there? The tags on the front bumper cover should be on one of the vertical slats on the lower air intake and on the rear bumper cover should be behind the license plate frame.

    Any fluid leaks?

    Any maintenance due? (timing belt, rollers, H2O pump, fluid changes)

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    • Guys with Rides

      Mylrdog, pursuant to your request, we just added a gallery of all the body panel VIN tags. We did not find tags on either the front or rear bumpers. That said, the color match between the bumpers and surrounding body panels is spot on, so we are confident the bumpers have never been repainted.

      We also uploaded a picture confirming there are no leaks on the garage floor where the seller stores the car. As mentioned above, we confirmed the timing belt is approaching five years old based on time, not mileage, so the next caretaker should plan to complete this service in the next six months.

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