The 'Risky Business' Porsche 928. Image: Profiles In HistoryEnlarge Photo
If you were of movie-going age in the early 1980s, there’s a good chance you saw a film called Risky Business in theaters (or later, on VHS). While the plot and story may have been replaced in your memory banks, there’s a good chance you’ll remember three things from the movie.
First, it was the breakthrough movie for a young actor by the name of Tom Cruise; second, Rebecca DeMornay may well have been the hottest woman on the planet when the movie was filmed; and third, the Porsche 928 was seriously quick by early 1980s standards.
In fact, Risky Business probably did more to boost 928 sales than any car review ever penned. Now you can own the very same Porsche 928 that was used to film much of the movie, as Profiles In History will offer the car for sale at its upcoming July Mega-Hollywood auction.
Three drivable 928s were used to film Risky Business, while a “shell only” car was the one rolled into Lake Michigan. The car for sale is a 1979 Porsche 928 with a five-speed manual gearbox, used for the bulk of the wide-shot driving scenes, including the Guido-the-pimp chase scene.
If that doesn’t make the car desirable enough, ponder this: Risky Business producer Jon Avnet asserts that Tom Cruise learned to drive a manual transmission on the very car being offered at auction. It’s also the only known and documented survivor, so this may be your one and only chance to snap up a piece of cinema (and 1980s) history.
A 1979 Porsche 928 with just under 103,000 miles on the clock would generally be worth less than $10,000, even in pristine condition. Given this car’s history, however, we’re guessing that the pre-auction estimate of $40,000 to $60,000 will prove to be right on the money.
It’s not just a Porsche 928, after all; it’s THE Porsche 928.