The Porsche Transaxle cars celebrate their 40th birthday this year. No major classic car event with an official representation of Porsche where the Porsche transaxles weren’t put into the spotlights. Despite the thought of many, the Porsche 924, Porsche 944, Porsche 928 and Porsche 968 are an important part of the Porsche history. And you must admit, there have been some great transaxle Porsches that left the production halls of Zuffenhausen too.
Porsche 928 CS Prototype
However, some of them were even more special. And one of those models was the Porsche 928 CS. When the Porsche factory racers Jochen Mass, Bob Wollek, Hans-Joachim Stuck, Jacky Ickx and Derek Bell were offered a new Porsche to be used as a daily driver in 1987, it was clear that car wouldn’t be just another Porsche. After all, these guys were used to race cars like the Porsche 956. At the time, the Porsche Management was considering to replace the Porsche 911 with another car, and the Porsche 928 was the one that would fill the gap. The Porsche 928s that were offered to the factory pilots were prototypes and the feedback of the skilled pilots on the car would help Porsche to take the right decisions. Just 5 of these cars left the factory, so far only 3 are believed to survive.
They were told the car had an up-rated engine (circa 300bhp) and suspension, and was lighter than standard. Their prototypes incorporated all of the aforementioned specifications; however, all five prototypes had a passenger-side mirror and full leather interior, unlike the production CS. Funny thing is that Derek Bell first just left the car at the factory. Because the car was a left drive, Derek Bell showed no interest in the car for almost a year. After a year however, he started using the car. He installed a Alpine music installation in the car and later sold it in 2005. In 2009 the car changed hands again, with a renowned Belgian Porsche collector as the new proud owner.
•One of only five prototype Club Sports built for Porsche’s factory drivers
•One of only three believed to survive
•First owned by five-time Le Mans winner Derek Bell