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I Got Married And Raised Two Kids In My 1978 Pasha Porsche 928

Petrolicious Productions By Petrolicious Productions
November 8, 2017
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My name is Torsten Gebauer, I live in the North Rhine-Westphalia region of Germany, in a city called Dortmund, and this is a brief story about the long history I’ve had with my Porsche 928.

On the surface it begins like so many others—a father’s influence and a young boy with a budding interest in motors—but I think it went a bit further for me, as my situation wasn’t one where I was learning from him using just a single family car as the hands-on material in our garage/classroom. My father was a car dealer, and his company sold all sorts of cars in all sorts of conditions, and they often used parts from the junk yard he’d built. In other words I had access to some variety, at least in the sense of what was on the roads of Germany in the ‘60s and ‘70s; Opels, Volkswagens, Fords, Fiats, etc.

Those were the formative years and cars of my childhood, but the Porsche 928 would be my dream car from my adolescence onward, and I still remember distinctly the first time I ever saw one. I don’t need to tell you that this was pre-Internet, and that the only way we could see new cars in motion was to see them in person. To catch one “in the wild” carried more significance back then I think, because you hadn’t seen videos of tests online or anything but a few photos in a magazine.

I was 15 years old, standing on a street corner waiting to cross, and in the traffic there was one car I was more than happy to stand still for. It was a 928, and I was fascinated from first glance. The noise, the shape, I thought to myself: that is my car. Of course, it wouldn’t be for a long time, but that was the moment I knew it would come eventually, and then almost ten years after the encounter my brother relayed an ad in the newspaper to me.

It was for a 928, and he was going to phone the owner to find out which gearbox it had, as he’d heard me say more than a few times that I would only buy something with a five-speed! As you guessed, it was a manual 928, but I had another longstanding stipulation: must be red. If you are patient sometimes you get exactly what you ask for, and this seemed to be the case for this car. I’ve happily owned it for more than 30 years.

It is factory equipped with blue-black “pasha” interior, of which all the LSD jokes about them have already been made. They are distinctly ‘70s, and set against the big expanses of red on the exterior I think the colors and designs contrast in a strong but stylish way. BBS RS wheels have been added, and though the design came out a few years after the introduction of the 928, they had plenty of overlap throughout the 928 production span, so I think they can still be considered period correct. I don’t really care either way, because I love the way they look on the car whatever you want to call them!

Though much of my 928 is original, it does have a story behind it, but not the kind you’d put in quotations. It’s been a staple of my family for a long time now, I married my wife in this car, and two of our three children grew up in the back seat. When the third came, I only used the Porsche for the occasional Sunday drive, but being too small for the full family now, it eventually stayed parked for a few years, only temporarily forgotten.

On our 20th wedding anniversary, our children pulled it out of storage in the garage, and together with my brother and sister they went about repairing and refreshing everything that attends years of immobility—timing belt, tensioners, water pump, every fluid, tires, everything! I can’t thank them enough for giving us back the experiences offered by this wonderful car. I love it as the day I first saw its shape. It has placable but timeless looks, it sounds fantastic, it’s more than fast enough for me, and its smells bring me right back to my early years as a budding car enthusiast.

It’s a member of the family as they say, and one that will stick around for a long time to come.

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13 Comments on "I Got Married And Raised Two Kids In My 1978 Pasha Porsche 928"

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Larry Nechanicky
Larry Nechanicky

Great story.

Jonathan WC Mills
Jonathan WC Mills

Lovely story and incredibly ‘Petrolicious’ in it’s qualities: fast car, big family, generational love and Porsche.

Ian Miles
Ian Miles

One of the few occasions where Porsche tried to be truly innovative. When I fist saw one as a kid I thought it was a space ship. Not perfect but a great effort. What a great story this is as well.
Harrys Garage on utoob has just done a subscriber 928 with an S4 engine. Well worth a watch, manual and some interesting discussion about the details too.

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It’s a fantastic car, but I think that he should’ve kept the factory wheels on it because they suit the car much more than those BBS wheels. However, this is my opinion and it’s his care, so all the power goes to him.

dancurwin
dancurwin

beautiful car and great story…but i am biased:)
mine is a silver S2 manual-see pic
I always enjoy your pics on Instagram too…keep em coming

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Reticent Enthusiast
Reticent Enthusiast

Beautiful 928! I actually prefer the automatic and am not a fan of Guards Red, but this car looks fantastic with that mint Pasha interior. One of the best 928 features in my opinion. Cool story too!

Reticent Enthusiast
Reticent Enthusiast

Beautiful 928 with a sublime Pasha interior. I actually prefer the automatic in these and am not a fan of Guards Red, but this car looks fantastic. Love the story too.

Alexandre Goncalves
Alexandre Goncalves

Nice!!!!! And with the proper gearbox – only 30 % were manual 🙂

Here’s mine

1983 928S – 5 speed manual – Moss Green

Btw, since you’re German, I reckon you recognize the hellblau car 🙂

Thanks for sharing and all the best to you!

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David
David

Stunning!

Alexandre Goncalves
Alexandre Goncalves

Hellblau

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Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger
In light of the 928’s more than reasonable reliability , usable albeit on the small side back seats .. its cavernous back hatch able to swallow a Sousaphone in a single bound .. along with its effortless mile/kilometer devouring demeanor .. sounds like a perfectly reasonable thing to do to me . Then add the fact you did it in the car’s homeland giving you multiple repairs shops , parts suppliers etc .. and the truth is its a damn shame more don’t do the same Rock On – Drive On – Remain Calm .. and for the love of… Read more »
Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger

PS; If you should ever tire of the OEM V8 I know a couple of good sources over your way to turn it into a PorVette .. though in all honesty if it aint broke I’d leave well enough alone 😉

B RAD T
B RAD T

A thousand times YES! This is what authentic car love is all about, and passed on through three generations. It looks beautiful and the BBS are spot on. Articles and care like this are why I absolutely love Petrolicious.

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