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Barrett-Jackson Houston Auction: 1979 Porsche 928 From “Risky Business”

Presented by Barrett-Jackson – The hero car from Paul Brickman’s 1983 film ‘Risky Business’. Multiple 928s were used during the production of the film, but this car was the featured vehicle, and received the brunt of screen time and seat time from the cast. It is one of three cars driven on set, and one of two cars used during the film’s signature chase scene that culminated in Tom Cruise, looking straight into the camera, declaring the German carmaker’s slogan, Porsche. There is no substitute.

This 928 has resided in a climate-controlled environment in a private collection, where it has been meticulously cared for. Originally painted white, the 928 was refinished in gold for the movie. Following the film’s production, the car returned to California, where it was discovered and returned to its original screen appearance. 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 Museums influential Porsche Effect Exhibit.

While at the Petersen, Chad McQueen – son of legendary racer and actor Steve McQueen – sat in this car. The 928 also features signatures from several members of the film’s cast – including Bronson Pinchot (Barry), Joe Pantoliano (Guido), Curtis Armstrong (Miles), and Francine Locke (Shower Girl) – and comes with several images of the car on set covered in camera rigging equipment.

Additionally, this 928 was the subject of the documentary, The Quest for the RB928 (Risky Business 928), in which filmmaker Lewis Johnsen chronicles his journey to track down this particular 928. It was in this documentary that Risky Business producer Jon Avnet stated that he taught Tom Cruise how to drive a stick shift in this very car. The 928 is powered by a 4.5-liter V8 engine and backed by a 5-speed manual transmission that sends power to the rear wheels. This example wears 16-inch offset 5-hole aluminum alloy wheels and features a cork-on-cork leather interior. Extensive documentation accompanies the car.   

Hundreds of cars are set to cross the block with No Reserve at Barrett-Jackson’s Inaugural Houston Auction, September 16-18 at NRG Center. Check out the docket and become a bidder today!


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