usually, my fuse is lit when I come across a horrible story regarding the treatment of animals, or the thousands of perfectly good dogs and cats euthanized because they're simply no longer desired; they've become a bother to someone and had to pay with their life because of it. but not tonight...
it's the 928's turn...
do they not know how important the early 928 is? how pivotal it was in to Porsche's evolution? apparently not, because if the dozens of 928s found lying in sorry states in fields and yards across this country aren't any indication of our culture's wastefulness and utter disregard for their history, I don't know what is.
Porsche hired a market analyst in 1974 named Dr. Berndt Spiegel to help point them in the proper direction for this next car they set about designing, his advice? Porsche should stick to producing sports cars. the 928 should've never been birthed as a replacement for the 911, it should've been designed to provide what the 911 failed to deliver...a Gran Turismo.
rather than being an option to the 911, it became a competitor which further confused enthusiasts. gentlemen of the road who didn't necessarily want the 911's temper, noise, or racing persona looked to the 928 to fulfill different kinds of desires...quiet, composed, well mannered, yet still sporting enough for those who couldn't find it in the 450SL/SLC.
the rear seating arrangement, however, was too similar to that of the 911 and that was a mistake. the 928's sophistication, manners, and comforts weren't enough to distance itself from the 911, it needed to be a proper four-seater. those who looked to Porsche for a completely different car addressing the pragmatic needs of accommodating four adults comfortably, something the 911 couldn't do, were disappointed.
Karl Ludvigsen mentions that Peter Falk thought differently stating that the 928 was an outstanding car but that they, meaning all those at Porsche involved with its production, didn't have the same heart for them as they did for the 911. he went on to say that working on the 928 was a duty, not a pleasure, for the engineers at Weissach. I find this a bit hard to swallow...
whether the 928 is saved for the sake of being quaint, or saved by those who with a genuine affinity for it and its history makes no difference. the very car that graced the pages of the world's automotive magazines as we see here demonstrated a sort of pride, celebration, and respect the 928 had early on...isn't it about time the world felt like this again?