Mileage 112 480
Asking price £14,250
Vendor The Motor Shed, Bicester Heritage; Oxon; tel: 01869 249999; www.vintageandclassiccars.co.uk
WHEN IT WAS NEW
Price £48,900 (’1988)
Max power 316bhp
Max torque 317lb ft
0-60mph 6.3 secs
Top speed 165mph
This S4 received a quick respray on its Caramel Beige to appear in the BBC series Shetland, but there’s a decent car under the blowover. The evenly applied paint is an attractive colour, but there’s a little overspray on some rubbers and the door shuts were done by hand – stickers and all. Its body imperfections are limited to a tiny bit of bubbling at the upper rear corner of the nearside front wing, a smaller one under the offside rear side glass, a slight ding above the left rear arch and a couple of bruises on the roof.
The alloys are lightly kerbed or bubbling 996 Turbo Twists, with Hankook and Nokian tyres of indeterminate ages, but the discs look fairly recent and it’s been well maintained. There are six stamps in the service book from Glenvarigill in Glasgow, followed by 10 more from independents, the latest in June 2010, less than 5000 miles ago. Since then it’s had a cambelt, recon radiator and new water pump – there are three stamps for brake fluid and coolant changes, the last at 111,652 miles in September 2015, and it then had a cambelt at 112,030, following the first swap at 67,173. It also recently had the transmission fluid and filter changed, a stainless tank cradle fitted and new #ABS
sensors at the rear.
It’s mostly wearing well inside, with cracking to the leather and heavier wear on the driver’s bolster piping. Door trims, dash and headlining are all good, and there’s an almost full toolkit. The tidy #V8
has no leaks and intact air trunking. Its fluids are obviously not very old, and to the right levels.
Fire it up and there’s a deep-chested crackle, but the exhaust doesn’t look that aftermarket. It feels rock solid, in typical 928 fashion; weighty steering from a firm footprint and a mighty, relentless shove once it gets into its stride. Gearchanges are smooth and so are the brakes, with oil pressure 4bar at any revs and 2bar at warm tickover. Temperature is steady just under 90ºC. So, all the important bits work including the pop-up lights and all the instruments (a 928 bugbear), but the left window and electric sunroof don’t operate (yet both mirrors do) and neither does the aircon.
To be sold with a new MoT and the sense that, even as 928s continue to rise in value, sensible offers under the asking price might be entertained.
● Solid; straight-ish; cheap respray
● Typical for a 928 of this age
● Feels strong; full service history
For Properly looked after, with plenty of bills and drives well
Against Those hand-painted door shuts; hide needs a little TLC
SHOULD I BUY IT?
If you’re not too bothered about cosmetics (it’s not bad from five paces), this is much better than you first think. Worth a serious look