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Ex-Derek Bell,1987 Porsche 928 'Prototype' Club Sport Coupé  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ92ZHS842014 Engine no. 81H01312

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Lot 27
1987 Porsche 928 'Prototype' Club Sport Coupé

Sold for € 253,000 (US$ 281,589) inc. premium
Ex-Derek Bell
1987 Porsche 928 'Prototype' Club Sport Coupé
Chassis no. WP0ZZZ92ZHS842014
Engine no. 81H01312
Gearbox no. 11H00753

•One of only five prototype Club Sports built for Porsche's factory drivers
•One of only three believed to survive
•Matching numbers
•First owned by five-time Le Mans winner Derek Bell
•Offered from the JFD Collection

Unveiled at the Geneva Salon in 1977 and voted Car of the Year for 1978, the 928 was intended as an up-market 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 featured aluminium doors, bonnet and front wings in the interests of weight saving, while ingenious impact-resistant 'bumpers' made of colour-matched plastic were incorporated into 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. In 1979 the 928S with 4.6-litre engine arrived and then in 1986 the model was further revised and restyled, becoming the 928 S4. Its engine producing 320bhp courtesy of twin-cam, 16-valve cylinder heads and enlargement to 4,957cc, the S4 enjoyed a welcome top speed boost to 160mph. In 1989 Porsche moved the game on with the even more powerful 928 GT, which with a top speed of around 170mph was the Stuttgart firm's fastest production car at that time, before launching the model's ultimate incarnation: the 928 GTS. Introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1991, the latter boasted a 5.4-litre engine producing all of 345bhp and in this form the 928 lasted in production until the model's deletion in 1995. Porsche has not made anything like it since and today this appreciating modern classic is increasingly seen as offering exceptional value for money.

In 1988 and 1989, Porsche built a lighter version of the 928 called the CS or Club Sport. The CS was built in limited numbers, as most customers preferred a fully equipped GT to a lightweight version. The Club Sport was equipped with twin and straight exhaust tail pipes, CS-type wheels, and a wider rear track achieved through the use of a 17mm spacer. The bodywork of these cars was the same as the European S4's (but without the mould line on the side) while a no-cost option was the 'CS Club Sport' sticker on the front left wing. On the other hand, no rear screen wiper or sunroof was available.

For 1988, the radio antenna was integrated in the windscreen, while for the 1989 production year it was mounted towards the rear of the roof. All CS cars had only one rear view mirror; all were left-hand drive and had a manual gearbox, black leather interior, and no leather trim on the dashboard. Radio deletion could be specified; cruise control was not available; and the gear lever was around 20mm shorter. The door trim panels were those of the 928 S; seats were adjusted manually; and there was no cassette box behind the window switches, and no rear sun visors. It should be noted that it is impossible to identify a CS by its chassis number, though a CS must at least have the following option codes: 220 limited slip, 393 forged rims, 474 sport shock absorbers, 637 Club Sport equipment.

In 1987, before the official launch of the 928 Club Sport model, five prototypes were built for Porsche's factory drivers: Derek Bell, Jochen Mass, Hans Stuck, Bob Wollek and Jacky Ickx. Hans Stuck's car is still in existence today and forms part of a Porsche collection in the Netherlands, while Jochen Mass's is believed to be in Scandinavia, according to the latest information.

These special Club Sports were given to the drivers as their 'company car'. 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.
Derek knows that one of his colleagues blew up the engine in one of the Club Sports. He would complain to Porsche that the car was incorrectly geared because 'he would hit the rev limiter in top gear' on the autobahn. Apparently this was 297km/h, though it is not known if this was indicated or actual speed.

This particular Club Sport was first registered by the Porsche Factory - Porsche AG - in June 1987, as Derek Bell was initially reluctant to take delivery because it was left-hand drive and thus not ideal for use in the UK. Around a year later, he relented and took delivery of the car, which was registered in the UK in February 1988 as 'E709 LOW'. Porsche did make one concession and installed an mph speedometer instead of the standard km/h speedometer at Derek's request. Bell kept the car until February 2005 (the longest period any of the prototypes spent with its original owner) and had covered approximately 42,000 miles before selling it to the next owner, Justin Pressland. The car was purchased from Mr Pressland by the current vendor - the JFD Collection in Belgium - in 2009.

The car comes with a personalised 928 CS Book (No. 05/05) telling the full history of the ex-Derek Bell 928 CS; and an owner's wallet containing the service book (showing continuous service history, Porsche S4 booklet, and radio instruction manual. Additional documentation consists of old UK V5 registration papers (in the name of Derek Bell); UK tax discs for the years 2006, '07, '08 and '09; current Belgian registration papers; various press articles; and Porsche factory correspondence.
Ex-Derek Bell,1987 Porsche 928 'Prototype' Club Sport Coupé  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ92ZHS842014 Engine no. 81H01312
Ex-Derek Bell,1987 Porsche 928 'Prototype' Club Sport Coupé  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ92ZHS842014 Engine no. 81H01312
Ex-Derek Bell,1987 Porsche 928 'Prototype' Club Sport Coupé  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ92ZHS842014 Engine no. 81H01312
Ex-Derek Bell,1987 Porsche 928 'Prototype' Club Sport Coupé  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ92ZHS842014 Engine no. 81H01312
Ex-Derek Bell,1987 Porsche 928 'Prototype' Club Sport Coupé  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ92ZHS842014 Engine no. 81H01312
Ex-Derek Bell,1987 Porsche 928 'Prototype' Club Sport Coupé  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ92ZHS842014 Engine no. 81H01312
Ex-Derek Bell,1987 Porsche 928 'Prototype' Club Sport Coupé  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ92ZHS842014 Engine no. 81H01312
Ex-Derek Bell,1987 Porsche 928 'Prototype' Club Sport Coupé  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ92ZHS842014 Engine no. 81H01312
Ex-Derek Bell,1987 Porsche 928 'Prototype' Club Sport Coupé  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ92ZHS842014 Engine no. 81H01312
Ex-Derek Bell,1987 Porsche 928 'Prototype' Club Sport Coupé  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ92ZHS842014 Engine no. 81H01312
Ex-Derek Bell,1987 Porsche 928 'Prototype' Club Sport Coupé  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ92ZHS842014 Engine no. 81H01312
Ex-Derek Bell,1987 Porsche 928 'Prototype' Club Sport Coupé  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ92ZHS842014 Engine no. 81H01312
Ex-Derek Bell,1987 Porsche 928 'Prototype' Club Sport Coupé  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ92ZHS842014 Engine no. 81H01312
Ex-Derek Bell,1987 Porsche 928 'Prototype' Club Sport Coupé  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ92ZHS842014 Engine no. 81H01312
Ex-Derek Bell,1987 Porsche 928 'Prototype' Club Sport Coupé  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ92ZHS842014 Engine no. 81H01312
Ex-Derek Bell,1987 Porsche 928 'Prototype' Club Sport Coupé  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ92ZHS842014 Engine no. 81H01312
Ex-Derek Bell,1987 Porsche 928 'Prototype' Club Sport Coupé  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ92ZHS842014 Engine no. 81H01312
Ex-Derek Bell,1987 Porsche 928 'Prototype' Club Sport Coupé  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ92ZHS842014 Engine no. 81H01312
Ex-Derek Bell,1987 Porsche 928 'Prototype' Club Sport Coupé  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ92ZHS842014 Engine no. 81H01312
Ex-Derek Bell,1987 Porsche 928 'Prototype' Club Sport Coupé  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ92ZHS842014 Engine no. 81H01312
Ex-Derek Bell,1987 Porsche 928 'Prototype' Club Sport Coupé  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ92ZHS842014 Engine no. 81H01312
Ex-Derek Bell,1987 Porsche 928 'Prototype' Club Sport Coupé  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ92ZHS842014 Engine no. 81H01312
Ex-Derek Bell,1987 Porsche 928 'Prototype' Club Sport Coupé  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ92ZHS842014 Engine no. 81H01312
Ex-Derek Bell,1987 Porsche 928 'Prototype' Club Sport Coupé  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ92ZHS842014 Engine no. 81H01312
Ex-Derek Bell,1987 Porsche 928 'Prototype' Club Sport Coupé  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ92ZHS842014 Engine no. 81H01312
Ex-Derek Bell,1987 Porsche 928 'Prototype' Club Sport Coupé  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ92ZHS842014 Engine no. 81H01312
Ex-Derek Bell,1987 Porsche 928 'Prototype' Club Sport Coupé  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ92ZHS842014 Engine no. 81H01312
Ex-Derek Bell,1987 Porsche 928 'Prototype' Club Sport Coupé  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ92ZHS842014 Engine no. 81H01312
Ex-Derek Bell,1987 Porsche 928 'Prototype' Club Sport Coupé  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ92ZHS842014 Engine no. 81H01312
Ex-Derek Bell,1987 Porsche 928 'Prototype' Club Sport Coupé  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ92ZHS842014 Engine no. 81H01312
Ex-Derek Bell,1987 Porsche 928 'Prototype' Club Sport Coupé  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ92ZHS842014 Engine no. 81H01312
Ex-Derek Bell,1987 Porsche 928 'Prototype' Club Sport Coupé  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ92ZHS842014 Engine no. 81H01312
Ex-Derek Bell,1987 Porsche 928 'Prototype' Club Sport Coupé  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ92ZHS842014 Engine no. 81H01312
Ex-Derek Bell,1987 Porsche 928 'Prototype' Club Sport Coupé  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ92ZHS842014 Engine no. 81H01312
Ex-Derek Bell,1987 Porsche 928 'Prototype' Club Sport Coupé  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ92ZHS842014 Engine no. 81H01312
Ex-Derek Bell,1987 Porsche 928 'Prototype' Club Sport Coupé  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ92ZHS842014 Engine no. 81H01312
Ex-Derek Bell,1987 Porsche 928 'Prototype' Club Sport Coupé  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ92ZHS842014 Engine no. 81H01312
Ex-Derek Bell,1987 Porsche 928 'Prototype' Club Sport Coupé  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ92ZHS842014 Engine no. 81H01312
Ex-Derek Bell,1987 Porsche 928 'Prototype' Club Sport Coupé  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ92ZHS842014 Engine no. 81H01312
Ex-Derek Bell,1987 Porsche 928 'Prototype' Club Sport Coupé  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ92ZHS842014 Engine no. 81H01312
Ex-Derek Bell,1987 Porsche 928 'Prototype' Club Sport Coupé  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ92ZHS842014 Engine no. 81H01312
Ex-Derek Bell,1987 Porsche 928 'Prototype' Club Sport Coupé  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ92ZHS842014 Engine no. 81H01312
Ex-Derek Bell,1987 Porsche 928 'Prototype' Club Sport Coupé  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ92ZHS842014 Engine no. 81H01312
Ex-Derek Bell,1987 Porsche 928 'Prototype' Club Sport Coupé  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ92ZHS842014 Engine no. 81H01312
Ex-Derek Bell,1987 Porsche 928 'Prototype' Club Sport Coupé  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ92ZHS842014 Engine no. 81H01312
Ex-Derek Bell,1987 Porsche 928 'Prototype' Club Sport Coupé  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ92ZHS842014 Engine no. 81H01312
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