Unveiled at the Geneva Salon in 1977 and voted Car of the Year for 1978, the 928 was intended as an upmarket replacement for the long-running 911, but in the event Porsche's rear-engined classic would outlive its younger sibling. The front-engined 928's stylish hatchback body used aluminium for the doors, bonnet and front wings in the interests of weight saving, while ingenious impact-resistant 'bumpers' made of colour-matched plastic were incorporated in the nose and tail. The V8 engine Porsche's first - displaced 4.5 litres and produced 234bhp. A five-speed transaxle gearbox or three-speed automatic were the transmission options. Imported from one of the USA's dryer states in 1988, this early Porsche 928 was acquired by the current vendor in January 2011 and later that same year underwent full restoration by leading UK marque specialist Paul Anderson to bring it up to its current high standard. The car has had a complete re-spray in its original colour of black metallic (Porsche paint code 708). All windows were removed during restoration and a new windscreen and rubbers fitted. The electrical system has been fully overhauled to ensure that everything works as Porsche intended, while the US-specification headlamps have been changed for European versions. The leather interior (an optional extra at the time of manufacture) remains very original and exudes a lovely patina. Reconditioned, including a top-end overhaul, new water pump and new cam belt, the 4.5-litre V8 engine is to European (240bhp) specification, replacing the less powerful, catalyst-equipped US version. Complementing the engine is the sought-after five-speed manual gearbox, which is in fine order with good synchromesh on all gears. The brakes are nearly new and the suspension is said to be excellent with optional Bilstein shock absorbers all round. The alloy wheels have been professionally refurbished and powder coated to ensure a long-lasting finish. Along with its original Driver's Manual and Maintenance Book, 'SAZ 5826' comes with a substantial folder of service history detailing work undertaken since the car entered the UK. Bills for servicing alone total over £10,000 and those relating to the restoration are on file also together with every U.K. MoT certificate. Representing a superb, value-for-money alternative to the equivalent Grand Tourers from Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar or Aston Martin, this recently restored 928 is offered with MoT to August 2012 and Swansea V5C registration document.