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Porsche 942

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Porsche 942
Porsche
aka Porsche 928/4
Production 1984 - one-off example
Class Sports Luxury
Body Style Two-door, four-seater coupe
Length 4700 mm
Width 1836 mm
Height 1282 mm
Wheelbase 2499 mm
Weight 1625kg
Transmission Four-speed Daimler-Chrysler automatic, rear-wheel drive
Engine 5.0 litre V8
Power 310bhp
Similar Porsche 928
Designer Tony Lapine

On the 19th of September, 1984, Ferdinand Alexander Porsche celebrated his 75th birthday, and was presented with a very special present - the Porsche 942.

The Prototype Department at Weissach had been working flat-out for nine months to turn a Porsche 928 into something completely different for Dr. Porsche. The bodyshell of the 928 had been extended by 250 mm, and the B-pillar had been reshaped to be more upright, which eased access to the rear seats, which were provided with more leg room. The back-seat passengers were also treated to head-room, due to a flat roof extending as far back as possible, which gave the 942 an almost hatchback-esque look. The front wings were raised and became more pronounced, which helped to aid parking. The bodywork was painted a deep green metallic, a hue which survives today as 'Olive Green', and complimented by smoothed-off bumpers, which became standard fare on the 928 when the S4 generation arrived in 1987.

Technology-wise, the 942 was exceedingly advanced - the front headlights were projection examples, which are standard on most top-line cars today, but were mould-breaking back in 1984. Interior specification featured computer-programmable front seats, a telephone, a powerful Blaupunkt stereo system, radar-controlled cruise control, an alarm system and climate control.

Mechanically, the 942 was very similar to the 928. The 5-litre V8 was retained, in Federal specification, developing 310bhp, and was mated to a four-speed automatic transmission, courtesy of Daimler. The chassis remained identical, apart form harder suspension at the rear.

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