el jefe

they skimmed it.

those sonsofbitches.

why even bother writing a goddamn book on the Grande Dame and not dedicate at least a chapter to the Weissach Edition? apparently she was only worth a few half-assed sentences peppered with an option code, the color, and that it came with some luggage.

what a disgrace.
on the surface it seems like a marketing gag.

“Ja, ja…gute ideea Heinrich! Vee vil coll zis von Weissach!”

no. not quite. Porsche was celebrating a milestone. in 1962, the rebellious clan from Stuttgart began building a research center 18 miles west of their town in a small village called Weissach. there was no press release, or invitation to witness the ground being broken...it was of no business to outsiders. in less than a decade it would become a secret sandbox for engineers and designers for creating toys, roughing them up, and examine the residue of abuse. there were no nannies, the place was free of restrictions and limits.

the layout had a circular skid pad, stretches of blacktop with dips, curves, bumps, ruts, holes, and pools, with a few smooth straights for flat out runs. these black ribbons of asphalt were flanked by a few buildings housing laboratories, design studios, development, and testing spaces. if it had anything to do with Porsche, it was mentally crunched here. not only the cars, but mundane materials, exotic metals and composites, components, hardware, processes, and systems, were played with and tested. they called it Porsche Entwicklungszentrum Weissach -- the Weissach Research and Development Center. 
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Porsche 928 Club Nederland
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CS821545 - ex-Cap'n Clean Weissach. top two shots
what was originally intended to be a test track took nearly a decade to complete. it became a self-contained unit in 1972 and an integral part of the design process for showroom and racetrack destined Porsches. when you consider that the 910, 907, 909, 908, and 917 were birthed from this volatile petri dish, you get an idea of just how important this joint is.

by the end of 1980, a total of 13,574 928s were built and rolled out the door. at the beginning of 1981, Peter Schutz had taken office with major plans for Porsche’s expansion. he opened the coffers slamming stacks of cash on the table to be divvied between employees, production, and Weissach’s Development Center. he wrestled the 911 away from Fuhrmann’s ghost of prudence; there wasn’t gonna be an execution. the poor marksmanship behind the 928’s promotion was another problem.

"no problem, we’ll expatriate your bulls with heavy testicles and shove black painted broomsticks in the doors..."

the model had been in production for three years, but the new market Porsche had aimlessly gouged out paralleled the novelty of liquid cooling. it was aimed at a different kind of enthusiast the company knew almost nothing about but was determined on attracting and retaining for future sales. with a readjustment of marketing seduction under Schutz’s direction, sales in America had begun to inch north.

one of the problems in the New World was the economy. the cold blade was felt at the base of the scrotum. a second oil crisis, the worst recession and unemployment rates since the Great Depression, massive inflation hitting 13.5%, a shriveling Dollar against the rising Deutsche Mark, and increased German Labor costs coated the blade with sweat. buying a Porsche, any Porsche, shouldn’t’ve made sense. despite the economic doom, they were selling. 
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CS821545 - top four shots
the other was being robbed. with the 911 Turbo disappearing from the market at the end of 1979, and the new 300bhp 928S (c.1980) breathing more fire than US Federal Emissions could choke, only the standard fare 928 of the Armada docked here. that pissed off A LOT of Porschistas and kick-started an invasion of Grey Market 930s and 928Ss in retaliation.

with no official 928S, Porsche had to offer something special for America. the first was the Competitions Group for model year 1981 that had look without the nuggets. the cynics dismiss that one as an insult. why not come out and call us posers content enough to just look the part? no problem, we’ll expatriate your bulls with heavy testicles and shove black painted broomsticks in the doors and sign the federalization papers on the EPA’s back.

for model year 1982, we were offered something more sophisticated. Porsche had the opportunity for two jabs in the head — and went for it. not only could they celebrate the 20th anniversary of the literal and figurative groundbreaking Weissach RDC by tarting up a 928, they’d give us another distraction until the S officially arrived on our shores.

the 911SC and 924 Weissach editions were offered two years too early. in 1982, they’d nail it square on puckered lips. the 928 Weissach Edition marked two decades of the RDC wearing a suit tailored for America. it was exclusive; only 205 units. it was expensive; a USD$5,940 option. and it was bred to cross our continent wearing Stuttgart’s finest haberdashery. the commoner would never suspect such an appointment could buy a 2-door Toyota Corolla off the showroom floor; best to have slipped that detail in the breast pocket.

that’s no gimmick, son; that’s masturbating the ego with a satin-gloved hand.
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the late Dennis Szermet's Weissach - top six shots
“Wait..what? You just ordered a Weissach Edition 928…aren’t they only making something like 300 of them?”

“No, 205 actually. That breaks down to 1 car for every million US citizens. It cost me nearly six grand more to get that option…and it even comes with a set of luggage.”

“Damn…I shoulda dumped my shares of International Harvester before it tanked.”

“You dumbass…didn’t I tell you Coleco was gonna pay big? My shares sextupled.”

“You sonofabitch!”

“Come on dickwad, put this spoon up your nose and forget all about it.”

the recession-proof were buying into this Porsche exclusivity. while the Competition Group option without sport seats slipped USD$1,900 into the bottom line of the USD$39,500 base price, the Weissach Package announced to the world that you weren’t fucking around.

in today’s money with inflation factored in, it was USD$14,609 over the USD$97,148 sticker price. Porsche labeled it option code M462 Special Model 82 Weissach and this is what they put in— 

  • electric sliding roof (M650 - USD$1,210 (USD$2,975 in 2015 money))
  • Blaupunkt Bamberg QTS digital AM/FM stereo cassette radio (M115)       USD$795 (USD$1,955 in 2015 money))      
  • amplifier system (M494) 
  •  front and rear spoilers (M473)
  • 7J x 16 forged alloy wheels (USD$795 (USD$1,955 in 2015 money))
  •  225/50 VR16 radial tires
  • special light bronze metallic paint (966 Hellbronze Metallic)
  • special medium brown leather interior (M981 - USD$1,325 (USD$3,259 in 2015 money))
  • Porsche leather luggage set (made by Seeger)   
(prices in parenthesis reflect cost as a separate option for 928s without the Weissach Package)
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CS8211599 Weissach #210 Roger Tyson - top five shots
some didn’t stop there. the buyer of WPOJAO92_CS825149 wanted option M220 40% locking differential (USD$590 (USD$1,450/2015 money)), M418 side protection moldings (USD$195 (USD$480/2015 money)), M438 comfort seat right, electrically adjustable to compliment the left one (USD$660 (USD$1,623)), M533 anti-theft device (USD$300 (USD$738/2015 money)), and M568 tinted side glasses and windshield (USD$100 (USD$246/2015 money)). the price of this owner’s car came to USD$47,560; USD$116,971 were you to buy it in today’s dough.

what the Weissach Edition did was flash a little flank to the Merc, Jag, possibly Aston, and old-ass Bentley drivers. once they came through that door, they got to see some 928 pinky. the Merc, Jag, and Bentley were made for suits, playboys, and drunk writers that combed the boulevards looking for whores. Porsches for them might have seemed a bit hard edged; this is something the 928 countered to an extent. yes, it could handle, yes, it was fast, but it could do all those hard-ass Porsche tricks like a high class socialite.

Saturday morning. one of these buyers walks into the dealer, sees a Weissach, and takes a peek inside. a warm two-toned leather cockpit seduces him. a deep inhale is interrupted by a salesman pointing out that not only are the seats covered in these rich hides, the gear shift knob and boot, the package box between the rear seats, instrument pod and dash, center console, steering wheel, the pillars and adjoining liners, door panel sections, armrests, headliner, even the front and rear visors weren’t spared for chrissakes. when the potential buyer is invited to look in the boot, the Porsche three piece matching luggage in matching leather made by Seeger not only amazes, but it nudges them over the precipice they were toeing. sold.
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CS8211599 Weissach #210 Roger Tyson - top six shots
the other treats lied underneath the Hellbronze dress. at the front was the M28.15(manual)/M28.16(automatic) 4,5 liter V8 fed by Bosch’s L-Jetronic fuel injection system. knocked down to 9.0:1 compression from the Euro M28.09/10 lump’s 10.0:1, the Weissach’s heart beats out 231hp at 5,500 revs and 265lb/ft of torque at 4000RPM; a mere 9hp less than the Euro’s 240hp and 6ft/lbs less than its 271lb/ft @3,600 revs. while the Euro motor had ignition cutoff at 6,200RPM, the US version went without it.

based on the left-brain sleep inducing figures you’ve just read, there was a difference of 9hp...big deal, right? well, no, not to the right side of your brain. you see, that deficit was a fault of the US versions emissions set-up that featured 3-way catalytic converters, O2 sensors, and secondary air injection. the one-two punch came with a lower compression ratio, ignition timing set at 23° before TDC at 3000RPM without vacuum (Euro/ROW was set at 28° TDC, same RPM, no vacuum).

"others wheeze their final breaths incapable of enduring another third world repair..."

you could also factor in the spark plug differences tailored to both versions, the Euro/ROW used Bosch W8D while the US mill used Bosch WR8DS. the interesting thing about the plugs was that the US version had a suppression resistor (the "R" in the equation) and a silver electrode (the "S") used for a high performance applications by igniting the air/fuel efficiently for optimal power output. 

this might explain why the US version needed this fine silver wire; our fuel quality and lower compression needed help. the heat value was the same at 8; the "W" and the "D" denotes the thread (14mm diameter) and thread reach (3/4" extended tip) respectively. 
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CS821566 - top two shots
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top four shots. after seeing a lot of her sisters being abused and tossed out like wet garbage, this old girl said 'fuck this' and high-tailed it back to Germany. smart cookie.
to propel this beast, you had a choice of the A22.01 three-speed automatic (option M249 at no extra charge) or the G28.05 five-speed manual. both choices were offered worldwide; the A22.01 auto was used by model year 1981-1982 Euro/ROW/US/J 928 normal but not the S. the G28.05 was also used worldwide from 1981-1982 on the 928 normal and on 1980-1982 928S(upers). option M220 40% locking differential could be added for an additional cost of USD$590 (USD$1,450/2015 money) for either both the manual and automatic.

on the A22.01, the design is a fully automatic 3-speed planet gear unit with superior Mercedes-Benz guts with a torque converter ratio of 2.12. the final drive is a pinion without hypoid displacement design with a ratio of 2.750. the stall speed in RPM is set at 2,470+/-200/min.

the gear ratios:

1st gear — 2.306
2nd gear — 1.460
3rd gear — 1.000
Reverse – 1.836
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original window sticker of CS821549
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original window sticker of CS821757
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birth certificate of CS821757...but is it #197 or #217?
the G28.05 manual pauses between gears with the help of a dual disk clutch. the final drive is also of pinion without hypoid displacement and has a ratio of 2.7500 for gearboxes made before January 13, 1981 while the versions made after January 14, 1981 fly with 2.7272.

the gear ratios:

1st gear — 3.6010
2nd gear — 2.4646
3rd gear — 1.8194
4th gear – 1.3433
5th gear – 1.0000
Reverse – 3.1621

for those looking to further strain the mind, here are the range of both engine and gearbox numbers specifically for model year 1982 US 928.

A22.01 3-speed automatic – serial numbers will range from 16C 0001>5000

G28.05 5-speed manual - serial numbers will range from 11C 0001>9999

these numbers aren’t a fit of whimsy, they have a purpose…particularly the first three digits/character. on the A22.01, the first digit “1” signifies engine code, in this 8-cylinder. the second digit “6” tells us it’s an automatic, and the third character “C” stands for the model year, 1982.

the manual follows suit with the first digit “1” assigned to 8-cylinder engines, the second digit “1” for 5-speed manual, and the “C” for model year 1982. the last four pack of digits on both versions is the serial number.

Weissachs equipped with M220 limited slip differential will have the number 12 in front of the serial number…remember that when checking one out. there you have it.
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Weissach # 81 - top six shots
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Weissach # 81 - top seven shots
engine serial numbers are less of a pain in the ass. all model year 1982 US 928s go like this:

M28.15 (5-speed manual) – serial numbers will range from 81C 0001>5000
M28.16 (3-speed automatic) - serial numbers will range from 81C 5001>8000

these numbers broken down tell us this: first digit “8” is the engine number 8 for 8 cylinders, the second digit “1” is the engine type, in this case 4,5 liter US version, the third character “C” stands for 1982 model year, and the last four in the rank is the assigned serial number for the unit.

the number/character business ends with the VIN which will range from WPOJAO92_CS820001-9999. let’s break this one down for the amateurs and budding collectors:

WPO – world manufacturer code
JAO – filler symbol or vehicle-specific code for US/CDN cars
92 – first two (1st and 2nd) digits of Porsche model type
_ - test code or filler symbol
C – model year (1982)
S – place of production (S)tuttgart
8 – last (3rd) digit of Porsche model type
2 – code for body and engine
0001-9999 – serial number
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CS821649 - 10 shots of sadness. this is the kind of shit that angers your goddamned author. by this one being found on the 928 Owner's Club Registry, it looks like her worst days are behind her.
stopping this luxury liner is a hydraulic dual-circuit brake system with diagonal brake circuit arrangement with a 10” power assist unit. the front brake discs are 282mm and the rears are 289mm; both are clamped with floating calipers.

suspending the front are a pair of double wishbones with coil springs and inboard double action shocks accompanied by a 28mm tube sway bar. the legendary Weissach Design composed of lower trailing arms and upper control arms with coil springs and inboard double-action hydraulic shocks with a 22.5mm tube sway bar bolts up to the rear.

wheels are forged Gullideckel design kissed with champagne lacquer finish measuring 7J x 16 front and rear wrapped with 205/55VR 16 tires. finishing off the underpinnings is a hydraulic power assisted rack lending a 11,5 meter (37,73ft) turning circle taking the 380mm steering wheel 3.13 turns from lock to lock.

back to the subject of exclusivity. officially, only 205 Weissachs were birthed from doors of Zuffenhausen. each one has brushed gold Porsche crest on the dash claiming the wearer’s rank in the file — it also came with a birth certificate authenticating the old girl. now, here’s how Porsche pulls a Ferrari move in the most Italian sense — apparently, they made a few more than the 205 they declared. 
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CS82168(3)6 - 10 more shots of shame. another one waits for her man to sweep her from lady death's clutches. this one is also registered on 928 Owners Club's website. this 928's worth equaled half of an average house in 1982...only in America could we find such blatant disrespect for commodity.
Roger Tyson of 928sRus has Nº 210…and he’s also seen Nº 219.

then I find a copy of a Weissach birth certificate for VIN 21757 registering it as Nº 217. further down it reads, “This is the only Porsche 928 registered as no. 197 in the 1982 Limited Edition of only 205 models.” the mistake must’ve been committed officials on our patch of dirt because it’s unlikely the error was made in Stuttgart. these are differences only a trip to the archives and a drawer of 928 files will solve.

the Weissach Edition 928 has been disrespected. lazy authors, selfish historians, and abusive owners have dirty oil on their hands. some sit in yards naked to the elements, others wheeze their final breaths incapable of enduring another third world repair, and a few have been put out of their misery. those who soldier on resemble great ocean liners of a century forgot; their collections of embroidered linens and bone china trickled out through each new hand. there’s profit to be made from such souvenirs. has the Weissach become a victim of the capitalism it once celebrated?
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CS821653 - #15, one of the first ones in the series.
it seems cruel that this icon faced such insolence approaching her fourth decade of existence. a few enthusiasts by sheer acts of chivalry have kept the few that remain looking as beautiful as when they left their berth. 

if there’s one 928 that holds an equal share of historical importance with first year models, it’s the Weissach. it wasn’t only celebrating the nerve center of the world’s most innovative constructor, it gave a nod to the place where the 928 first drew breath.

October 21st, 1971. Dr. Fuhrmann was presented with a wooden mock-up of where Professor Helmuth Bott thought Porsche’s rudder should be positioned; a front-mounted engine connected to a rear transaxle by a rigid tube.

what better way to celebrate the Doc’s birthday and the place where it all began?

highball!

all shots remain the copyright of their owners.
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precisely how they should all roll - with PRIDE!

the 3-piece Seeger luggage

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sadly, the Seeger luggage is worth more than the car itself. buy it now USD$7,499.
 


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Layth Tabatabai
02/17/2016 16:59

I purchased ($900) and own the one with the right front bumper hit for (85,962 miles). I have been in the process of restoring it over the last 24 months. It should be road ready by May 2016!

Layth

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