21st Century Speedster
Finished in a two-tone scheme featuring Porsche Silver Metallic, the entire body of this 928 Spyder is made from fiberglass composite draped over a stock 1978 928 chassis. The design was penned by Francois Chenevert from Ilex Designs based on initial illustrations from Dr. Kwok, that was fine-tuned using scale-model aerodynamic testing. Francois Cardolle from Montreal-based fiberglass fabricator Carrosserie CF, spent four months building the body.
Prior to assembly, the team at Wingho Auto removed all the original body panels and glass, including bumpers and roof. Chassis reinforcement was then performed at the rear shock towers and rocker panels to maintain factory levels of rigidity. A video in the gallery of the door being closed with a solid “thunk” illustrates the end result.
The entire front clip is a single-piece, front-hinged unit that features flush-mounted PIAA HID headlamps with smoked lenses. Harkening to vintage Speedsters, the windshield has been replaced with a wind deflector that wraps around to align with slim side glass.
Around back, sculpted rear haunches frame a central sloping deck that houses a manually-operated integrated roll bar. The rear end features almond-shaped tail lights with smoked lenses, a single rear exhaust integrated with the lower fascia and on overall appearance that is strikingly similar to the modern-day Boxster.
17-inch MOMO wheels are mounted at all four corners and are wrapped in Michelin Pilot SX rubber. Badging consists of a Wingho Auto Classique emblem up front, “Powered by Porsche” and “MOMO equipped” on the front fenders and a 928 Spyder logo on the rear trunk lid.
As with the rest of the car, a highly detailed gallery documents exterior and undercarriage condition along with a short promotional video shown the Spyder on the road.
Space Age Design
After exterior disassembly was finished, the folks at Wingho continued the 928 diet inside by removing insulation, air conditioning, seating and window components. The slinky exterior seamlessly flows to the cabin via the dashboard down to the center console and around the doors. It is a clear embodiment of what Hugh Kwok refers to as a “space age design philosophy.”
Also made of molded fiberglass composite, the body-color cabin features a simple, clean aesthetic in the fashion of classic German automotive understatement. Highlighting the attention to detail in this regard, the mechanical handbrake was replaced with an electronic unit to maintain the flowing style without interruption.
Aside from the gauge cluster and steering column, the interior is all custom to this car. That includes the molded seats that feature closed-cell neoprene padding wrapped in yellow and blue vinyl. They are part of integrated unit that can telescope fore and aft for adjustment.
A three-spoke MOMO steering wheel frames the original 1978 928 instrumentation. It includes a combination engine coolant temperature and fuel level gauge, 170-mph speedometer with inset odometer showing just 6,195 miles, 7,600-rpm tachometer and combination gauge for battery voltage and oil pressure.
The custom-designed, short-throw shifter features a MOMO knob and boot, and is elegantly integrated into a dedicated central console pod. Other cabin highlights of this two-seater include 928-branded sill plates, gray carpeting with black floor mats, 928 Spyder logo and dash-mounted rearview mirror.
Made to Drive
The best part of this stunning prototype? It features factory Porsche 928 running gear and, per Hugh Kwok, it is no trailer queen. He and his father designed this Spyder to be driven. As part of the build, the original 4.5L V8 was blueprinted, ported and polished. Along with the added straight-pipe exhaust, it was estimated to gain 30 horsepower versus stock.
Additional performance upgrades done at the time included a custom front swaybar and recalibrated spring rates to account for the significant reduction in weight. The engine mates to the original five-speed manual transaxle spinning the rear wheels.
As seen in the extensive gallery, the engine bay is immaculate with a gorgeous polished intake manifold and runners. The car has always been carefully maintained in house by Wingho Auto Classique with new belts, pumps and clutch installed since completion. Owner Hugh Kwok notes that the car drives just like you would expect a 1978 Porsche 928 that has dropped 700 pounds and added 30 horsepower – fast and tight.
Calling this 1978 Porsche 928 Spyder unique doesn’t do it justice. The level of automotive passion, elegant design, engineering excellence and factory-quality assembly puts this car on par with Porsche’s best work. It is simply unlike anything else on the road and perfectly embodies the Kwoks original objective of extracting maximum performance from the 928 platform while creating a killer tribute to Speedsters of the past.
Located in Montreal, Quebec, this 928 Spyder shows just over 6,000 original miles on its donor powertrain. It comes with a clean title, custom tonneau cover, historical photos and original design sketches signed by Francois Chenevert. For more detail on the background of Wingho Auto Classique and this particular car, check out our article here.
Though Wingho Auto would go on to build three additional street versions and three track versions of the 928 Spyder, this prototype is the only one featuring the one-piece front end and telescopic seats. With the original crew of artisans responsible for the construction retired, there will never be another one like it.
*Please note the custom made trailer pictured is not included in the sale of this car. If you are interested in purchasing the trailer, please email [email protected] or use the contact seller button for more information.