Jet Engine Powered Porsche 928

An email from Brad usually means something interesting. This week was no exception. He sent me a link to a blog post titled “Asinine or Awesome?”. I’ll answer the question before I give you the reference: ASININE! In fact, I don’t see much difference between this and the hicks beating the crap out of the Porsche 928 I posted last year (Why Hicks Should Never Touch a Porsche). It just so happens, this atrocity was committed against yet ANOTHER 928.

It seems one Oregonian is expanding the “Keep Portland Weird” bumper sticker statement to the entire state. He has taken a 1982 Porsche 928 S and dropped in a Boing T-50 Turbine Engine. He completed the package with dual hood flame shooters.

Let me say again…ASININE.

Here are specs from the eBay auction (it was re-listed since it didn’t sell the first time around: eBay Item #170507790267):

  • 1982 PORSCHE 928 WITH A BOEING TURBINE ENGINE
  • POWER STEARING
  • POWER DISK BRAKES ALL 4
  • HEATER AND DEF….(BLEAD AIR TO HEATER CORE)
  • AIR-CON (BLEAD AIR FROM ENGINE WITH INTER COOLER) SEMI-COLD AIR
  • NEW PAINT
  • NEW WHEELS
  • JVC FM AND CD PLAYER WITH REMOTE
  • FLAME SHOOTER
  • 17 MPG
  • OVER 160 MPH
  • 365 HP
  • 700+ FOOT POUNDS OF TORQUE
  • IT’S A DAILY DRIVER AND A SHOW CAR

If you take a look at the Car Lust post Brad originally sent me, there are some pretty entertaining comments on the post worth reading. Many of them disproving the viability of this setup, lack of performance, etc. You can see them here: Asinine or Awesome?.

I know Porsche 928’s are less than desirable these days to most people. It’s also reasonable to understand how people are getting their hands on them…being so cheap. But I just don’t understand why someone would take a perfectly good Porsche and do something ridiculous like this. Unless of course the car was junked and they brought it back from the dead with their upgrades. I seriously doubt that was the case though. I wonder if anyone will ever buy the thing?

If the owner will email me back, I’ll drive down and take a look at this thing first hand.

What does everyone think? Awesome or asinine?

Comments

  1. I want to make sure that although i sent this link, Its merely in the interest of allowing myself the opportunity to let the Porsche Perfect readers know that i vote : ASININE!!!! lol

  2. I’m going to go ahead and cast my vote for Awesome on this one! I’d hope for some more power though — running a jet engine & fuel.

  3. RICHARD FLANAGAN says:

    PORSCHE 928T BOEING TURBINE ENGINE
    I have made 12 turbine powered cars and trucks 7 of them 928’s. If you need a ride? Call me 541-258-3239

    • Seriously? Same guy who has this 928 up for sale on eBay? I’ll definitely call. Might have to do a follow up post after a ride. I’ll at least admit that I was looking at this 928 again today and it’s starting to grow on me.

  4. That is weird. It would be interesting to find out what the purpose is. Drag strip fun or car show sun?

  5. dale adams says:

    My vote is awesome, so I bought it yesterday from Richard ! DALE

  6. this car sold twice. i know. i built it R.F.

  7. areopagitica says:

    The 928 could have been an object of lust, if one of the Italian design houses had shaped it.
    Simply tipping the B pillar backward and reshaping the door aperture would have cured a
    certain chubby clumsiness. Absent that it arrived looking like a chopped ’39 Merc. That is
    mainly the reason they are becoming junkyard dreck instead of exotica. This conversion is
    okay with me as it is sanitary. The huge spent heat has to go upward since it cannot be
    pointed toward any traffic, and so one dasn’t try garaging it! Vision through the distorted
    heat waves has to be peculiar. To think that Chrysler, GM, Rover, Fiat and etc. did serious
    engineering on this concept with such inherent flaws, and built protoypes indeed amazes.

  8. Scott Hammons says:

    I recently bought one of the turbine 928’s and find many reasons why it’s a cool car. I’ve had several piston 928’s and still have an 83 Euro spec. There’s plenty of 928’s around so it’s interesting to have one that very different and besides I think turbine engines are awesome, so does most everyone that sees and hears it.

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