Way back in 1983, we all knew and loved a far less creepy and odd-acting Tom Cruise, who was best known for movies like "Top Gun" and "Risky Business," and less known for being love-drunk crazy on the Oprah Winfrey Show. In the 1983 Warner Brothers’ classic, “Risky Business,” Tom Cruise’s character, Joel Goodsen, drove a gold-colored Porsche 928. Now the Profiles in History auction group is offering up the car that Cruise drove on the set for auction.
Actually, there were three cars driven on set, but this 1979 928 saw far more screen time and seat time with Cruise than the other two drive cars. We know that the 1979 Porsche 928 is one of the least desirable Porsches ever built, falling just short in undesirability to the 924, but c’mon, Tom – freaking – Cruise learned how to drive a stick shift in this car.
So, how has this car held up after Cruise was finished burning up, err, learning to use the clutch? What is a car like this selling for? Is it really worth my money?
For the answers to these questions and more, you’ll have to click past the jump to read our review.
A History Lesson
We’ll start off with a little more in-depth history lesson on this classic Porsche. When this particular model arrived on the set, it was draped in green paint, and the film company had it painted gold to match the other two driving models. The majority of the driving scenes were taken with this car and the entire car was viewable in the shots, thank to wide-angle shots. Likely the coolest thing about this car is the fact that Tom Cruise had no idea how to drive a standard shift transmission, and this is the exact car that he learned on.
After production, the car was shipped from its final scene back to California and was sold. Once sold, the car was painted white and went under the radar until the producer to “The Quest for RB928” found it and restored it to its on-screen appearance. This is the only known and documented of the three 928s used in the filming of “Risky Business,” which increases its value significantly.
As we started in the previous section, the discoverer of this car repainted the exterior to its on-screen gold color and the body is in excellent condition. Short of it on-camera fame, this 928 looks like any other 928 you see cruising down the road, as it boasts the signature slant nose, rounded pop-up headlights, and round derriere.
There is really not any information to give on the exterior, as this is literally just a 928, which was one of the more outwardly boring Porsches ever manufactured.
Engine and Drivetrain
This 1979 Porsche 928 boasts a very un-Porsche-like 4.7-liter V-8 engine that pumps out 295 horsepower at 5,900 rpm and 280 pound-feet of torque at 4,500 rpm. For the era, the 928 was relatively quick in a straight line, hitting 60 mph from a complete stop in just 6.2 seconds and clearing the quarter mile in just 14.3 seconds. This power heads to the rear wheels via a 5-speed transmission.
The engine and transmission have 102,755 miles on them and are in operational condition.
Suspension and Braking
The front and rear independent suspension systems are wonderful, but the failing point of the 928 is almost always attributed to the car’s suspension. It simple was never up to Porsche standards. Sure, it handled better than 80 percent of the cars on the road at the time, but it still wasn’t up to Porsche standards.
The 225/50VR16 front and rear tires provide just enough grip in the twisty stuff, as the front and rear ventilated disc brake bring this 3,197-pound car to a stop effectively.
There’s plenty of competition to the 928, but not this one, as Tom Cruise placed his behind in the driver’s seat nearly 30 years ago.
NADA lists out the value of a 1979 928 between $5,550 and $9,050, but those prices do not include Tom Cruise’s butt imprint on the driver’s seat. For that, Profiles in History expects to fetch an additional $31,000 to $51,000, as the car is anticipated to fetch between $40,000 and $60,000 at auction.
Well, depending on your obsession level with Tom Cruise, this could be a phenomenal buy. We have no obsession with Mr. Cruise, so we honestly think this ride’s way overpriced, despite its relative fame as the key car in “Risky Business.” Plus, it’s a 928... Who wants a 928?
- Tom Cruise fanatics can get their fix
- Saw significant use in an A-level movie
- In its on-screen condition
- C’mon, $60K for a 928?
- Regardless of who sat in it, it’s still a 928
- No interior information available
Gallery Porsche 928 "Risky Business"
741. TOM CRUISE “JOEL GOODSEN” SCREEN-USED 1979 PORSCHE 928 FROM RISKY BUSINESS. (Warner Bros., 1983) This 1979 Porsche 928
VIN: 9289201213 features a 5-speed manual transmission, 16-inch o-set 5-hole aluminum alloy wheels, a three-spoke steering wheel and a cork
on cork leather interior. The car’s exterior was originally painted green when it arrived to the set and was then painted gold by the production
and pressed into use. In making A-rated -lms of this caliber, the production company always has more than one car on hand to ensure no time is
wasted should one of the vehicles break down, become damaged, etc. There were three driving cars used in the making of the -lm (plus a gutted
“dump car” that plunged into Lake Michigan): 1) a 1981 automatic transmission car -tted with 15-inch “-at-face” 5-hole wheels, cork and brown
interior and 4-spoke steering wheel; 2) a 1978 5-speed, with cork, brown and crème interior, rented only for one interior shot when the car was
knocked out of gear by Rebecca DeMornay’s character (VIN of this vehicle is unknown); 3) the 1979 5-speed car being o-ered which enjoyed
considerably more screen time than the 1981 automatic. This 5-speed was shot primarily in driving scenes with wide shots where the whole car
was in view, as well as in some of the chase scene with Guido the pimp. The VIN of this 1979 5-speed being o-ered appears on the production
records for the -lm and, according to a recent in depth documentary on the subject entitled “The Quest for RB928,” producer of Risky Business,
Jon Avnet, goes on record to state that the young Tom Cruise learned how to drive a stick (manual transmission) with this very car. In addition,
there are production photos obtained from Avnet showing this car on set with camera rigging as well as images of it being painted and prepped
for -lming. Following production the car returned to California and was repainted white before being discovered by the producer of “The Quest
for RB928” and since returned to its original screen appearance. Risky Business went on to become one of the biggest cult classics of the 1980s
and helped launch the career of superstar Tom Cruise. In addition, the -lm exposed the Porsche brand to a whole new generation of future buyers. The lesser-used 1981 with the automatic was shipped to Europe following production and its whereabouts are unknown. This 1979 5-speed
remains as the only known surviving documentable car which also happens to have the most screen time in this modern classic -lm. The car’s
odometer reads 102,755 miles and it is in operating condition. This car was on exhibit at the Forney Museum of Transportation in Denver in
2009 and many Porsche enthusiasts have called this the most famous Porsche 928 in the world. $40,000 – $60,000