Porsche 928 S4 Sport Equipment AH (2)

Porsche is the best-selling marque on Collecting Cars, and for good reason. It has been building stylish, powerful, and eminently usable sports cars for over 75 years, rightly gaining an unrivalled worldwide following. While there is always plenty of choice available for those who want to buy into this legendary brand, there are some particularly rare models that seldom surface on the open market.

One such car was brought to auction in September 2020 in the form of this 1988 Porsche 928 S4 Sport Equipment. It not only boasted significant rarity – being one of only 42 UK-market examples produced – but also had period competition provenance, giving it added desirability for collectors.

The flagship ‘Porsche 928 Series 4 with Sport Equipment’ was announced in March 1988, though it quickly became known colloquially as the ‘S4 SE’. This limited-production model featured a bespoke mechanical setup, including a modified engine and exhaust system, as well as firmer front springs, a 17mm-wider rear track, and a limited-slip differential. With its Weissach-built 5.0-litre V8 engine producing a healthy 320bhp and driving the rear wheels via a short-shift five-speed manual gearbox, the 928 S4 SE was able to sprint from 0-62mph in 5.6 seconds.

Writing in 911 & Porsche World magazines in 2017 – and driving this very car – journalist Johnny Tipler compared the S4 SE to the 928 GT, concluding that the SE was “in a different league as far as handling is concerned: it’s precise, there’s no sense that it’s oversteering or understeering, its power delivery is spot-on”.

This particular 928 S4 SE was the very first of the production run, ordered and first owned by Porsche GB/Team AFN to compete in the Porsche Production Championship in the 1988 and 1989 seasons, with British racing driver Tony Dron at the wheel.

Due to this example preceding the rest of the SE models, it had a number of unique features, including ‘rear wiper delete’, the gearbox type number as used on the 928 Club Sport models, and the sound deadening removed from the bonnet and bulkhead.

In homage to this example's racing provenance, period-correct graphics had been reapplied over the Grand Prix White paintwork, re-capturing exactly what this model would have looked like when it made its racing debut in 1988. Moving inside, the original leather and cloth-trimmed seats had been removed and replaced with Recaro Pole position bucket seats, alongside Willans harnesses and a full roll cage. However, the original seats had been safely stored and were included in the sale, allowing the new keeper to return the car to its road specification if desired.

Presented with its original owner’s handbooks, supporting invoices, and the stamped service history, this 928 S4 Sport Equipment was a remarkably rare and collectible model. With just 42 UK cars produced, and boasting period racing provenance, it represented a unique piece of Porsche GB history. It garnered an impressive 50 bids before the hammer fell at £40,000.

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