Some car auctions stand out more than others. And some cars with star provenance from celebrities or movies can command higher premiums than an exact example that was owned by unknown people. The Porsche 928 may have been considered the replacement in 1982 to the Porsche 911, but that never happened and it was discontinued in 1995. This car was made famous by scenes with Tom Cruise in the 1983 film Risky Business. Now you can own the Porsche 928 used in filming Risky Business.
Barrett Jackson’s inaugural 2021 Houston auction takes place from September 16 to 18 at the NRG Center. The auction has many cars, but one of the many cars that stood out was this particular Porsche 928.
According to Barrett Jackson’s announcement, three different 928s were used in the film’s production, but this particular model was the featured vehicle. This is shown to be the Porsche 928 which received most of the screen time and seat time from the cast. It is also one of two cars used during the film’s signature chase scene when Tom Cruise looked straight into the camera and used the slogan, “Porsche. There is no substitute.”
The no-reserve auction details and provenance noted that the Porsche 928 up for auction has resided in a climate-controlled environment in a private collection. The car had been originally painted white, but it was refinished in gold for Risky Business. The car returned to California after filming ended in Chicago. It was discovered and returned to its original screen appearance.
This 928 was also the subject of the documentary, “The Quest for the RB928 (Risky Business 928).” Film-maker Lewis Johnsen tracked down this particular 928 and film producer Jon Avnet said that he taught Tom Cruise how to drive a stick shift in this exact car.
This particular Porsche 928 also has some additional provenance from Risky Business cast signatures. These included Bronson Pinchot (“Barry”), Joe Pantoliano (“Guido”), Curtis Armstrong (“Miles”) and Francine Locke (“Shower Girl”). The car also comes with several on-location images in camera rigging equipment. Extensive documentation accompanies the car.
For additional history and provenance, Barrett Jackson’s notations said:
This 928 has been featured at numerous museums and displays. This car was a centerpiece at Porsche Cars North America for a year and was part of the Petersen Automotive Museum’s influential Porsche Effect Exhibit. While at the Petersen, Chad McQueen – son of legendary racer and actor Steve McQueen – sat in this car.
As for what’s under the hood, it’s 4.5-liter V8 engine with a 5-speed manual transmission that sends power to the rear wheels. It comes with 16-inch offset 5-hole aluminum alloy wheels and has a cork-on-cork leather interior.
You can own this exact Porsche 928 used in filming the Risky Business movie if you want. All you have to do is bid high enough to win the auction, and then pay for it.
(Images courtesy of Barrett-Jackson)