Philip Raby Porsche

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The automatic choice for the 21st century

I had an interesting chat with a client yesterday. He bought a 964 through me some time ago but later sold it. Now, though, he wants to return to Porsche ownership (these cars are so addictive!) and has set his heart on a 996 Turbo. A great choice as you get a lot of performance for your money and they’re tough, reliable machines. Now, most buyers of used 911s want a manual gearbox. Maybe it’s a macho thing but I must confess that I like the idea of changing gear myself. That said, the later Tiptronics and – more so […]

Control your Porsche with your iPhone?

I love Porsches and iPhones but I think this is maybe a bit too silly… 🙂

A 996 for £250?

Well, no, not really. However, that’s the figure that a charity fund raising scheme plans to start off with, and work up to a 996. The idea is to buy and sell cheap cars, making a profit each time and, finally, reaching the holy grail of a Porsche 911. James Baggott, the man behind the plan to raise money for automotive charity BEN, contacted me for advice on 996s and I happily agreed to help out with this good cause. You can read James’ blog about it here. It’s great to hear of someone actually planning on making money from […]

Why take a gamble?

On Saturday, I did something I rarely do – I bought a lottery ticket while picking up some groceries at Tesco. A couple of days later I checked the numbers and was disappointed to find I’d not won. What a rip-off! The lottery really is a tax on the stupid. Sadly, most car buyers act in a stupid fashion when it comes to buying cars, pouring money into loans and depreciation, selling the car three years later at a huge lose and then repeating the cycle. They then dream of owning exotic cars such as Porsches and, you guessed it, […]

Some great Porsches for sale

Just a short note to remind you that I’ve a small selection of Porsches for sale. Click here to find out more. Also, I sell cars on a commission basis, thus saving you time and hassle. Again, you can read more here.

Low, low mileage 996 Carrera 4S

Low-mileage 911s keep coming out of the woodwork. We featured a 75-mile 964 in Total 911 recently. However, it’s rare to find a newer 911 that’s not been driven, so this 996 Carrera 4S is a real treat. The wide-bodied Carrera 4S is one of the best-looking (to my eyes) 996s and remains sought after with prices at a premium over those of standard 996 Carreras. However, they’ve not escaped the depreciate which all 996s have suffered from and, today, you can collect a reasonable example for as little as £25,000. So would you pay £39,000 for one that’s covered […]

993 Turbo or Carrera 4S?

When I saw the title of this advert I was puzzled. How could a 993 be both a Carrera 4S and a Turbo? A Turbo has, as you’d expect, a turbocharged engine while the Carrera 4S has the Turbo wide bodyshell but a normally aspirated engine. Looking at the advert in more detail, I realised that this was, in fact, a Carrera 4S which has been treated to a turbocharged engine conversion – I suspect it’s had a 993 engine dropped in, rather than turbos being added to the standard engine, although that’s not made clear. Disregarding the fact that something […]

Save the environment – drive a Porsche

Here’s a fanciful story for you. Far, far away, on the planet Gerg, there’s an environmental disaster going on. Why? Because people get bored with their homes very quickly and, every couple of years, they move to a brand-new one. Their old houses plummet in value and so get snapped up by less wealthy people but, soon, they too move away, wanting the prestige of a new house with the latest fashions in soft furnishings. So the old houses, most of which are perfectly good, become worthless and get bulldozed to make room for new ones. The house-builders are, of […]

You Can Drive a Porsche eBook in new formats

As well as a full-colour, illustrated PDF format, you can now buy You Can Drive a Porsche in a variety of other eBook formats for use on readers such as the Kindle and (soon) iPad. I’ve done this in conjunction with Smashwords. Please click here for more information. You Can Drive a Porsche explains how Porsche ownership can be surprisingly affordable and even environmentally friendly!

Stolen – 1972 911T

This is an important plea for help. A London-based 911 owner has had his red left-hand drive 911T stolen from outside his house. If you come across such a car or can supply any information, then get in touch. You can read the full story and contact Mike here.

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