What You Don't Know about the Porsche 928
- The producers of Magnum, P.I., a television series starring Tom Selleck, originally intended to use a Porsche 928, so they asked Porsche to produce one with an extra large sunroof for aerial shots. Due to a strict policy of Porsche of not doing any special specifications-and that includes Porsche 928 parts and Porsche 928 accessories-at customer requests, the Ferrari GTS was chosen instead.
- The Porsche 928 became the fastest-selling car in North America in the early 80's. Replacing Porsche's iconic 911, the 928 combined the power, poise, and handling of a sports car with the refinement and comfort of a luxury sedan to create what Porsche executives thought would be a vehicle with wider appeal than the compact, quirky, and sometimes difficult 911.
- Al Holbert set a Federation Internationale de l'Automobile international class speed record while driving a stock 928 at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1986. His speed was 171.110 miles per hour.
- The Porsche 928 was elected European Car of the Year in 1978, becoming the only vehicle from the sports car class to have won this contest so far and defeating the BMW series 7 and the Ford Granada. The 928 was the model that had to replace the decaying 911, which took 125 hours to build in 1992.
- Tom Cruise's character Joel Goodson in the 1983 teen comedy-drama film Risky Business used his father's Porsche 928 to drive himself and a friend around town late at night when his parents went out of town for a business trip. Goodson and his friend also managed to get themselves chased by gangsters and escaped using the Porsche 928. A second Porsche 928 was used in the movie, but apparently only for one scene. It can be seen in the scene where Rebecca de Mornay's character Lana accidentally bumps the car out of gear right before it rolls into the lake. Notice the interior door skin has a different color combination as well as an extra speaker and the seats are cream-colored, not light brown like in all of the other car scenes.
- As of July 2012, the Porsche 928 in Risky Business has been up for sale to the public. Volo Cars is selling the Porsche that Tom Cruise and Rebecca De Mornay fooled around in in the 1983 Warner Bros. comedy. This Porsche's asking price is in the mid-fifties, well above what a car like this would normally go for.