When Porsche set about designing the 928, it had some big shoes to fill. The automaker’s original plan was to replace the aging 911 with the front-engined, rear drive, liquid-cooled 928, but brand purists said “Nein!” The 928 quickly established itself as one of the world’s premier Grand Touring cars, which made it distinctly different than the 911. The 911 was for lapping racetracks at speed, while the 928 was best suited to lapping the country at speed.
Although many identify the car with the 1980s, the Porsche 928 remains collectible even today. Prices for 928s, which range from 16 to 33 years in age, have begun to creep upward. That’s got Porsche executives pondering the return of the iconic GT car, at least according to Britain’s Autocar magazine. If it happens, the new car will likely be called the 929 (not to be confused with Mazda’s 929 sedan) and will be built on the next-generation Panamera platform. There’s even rumors of both a hardtop and convertible version.
If you can’t wait to put money down on a modern 928, don’t cash in your 401k just yet: the next generation Panamera wont be launched before 2015, so you’ve got a while to wait. In the mean time, teach yourself all about spending by buying the highest mileage original 928 you can find. Bonus points if it comes without any records and has a questionable maintenance history.