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Auction sales – bargains or risks?

I’m not keen on buying Porsches at auctions. I’d much rather deal with an individual – private or dealer – who knows the car and can let me test drive it. I looked at a 911 Cabriolet at auction recently that was particularly disappointing. It was advertised as a 1985 3.0-litre 911 which immediately puzzled me – at that age, it should be 3.2-litres. When I saw the car, it didn’t take long to realise that it was, in fact, a 911SC – the rear badging and the engine were giveaways. A flick through the documentation showed that it was […]

Why are dealer 996 prices lower than private?

Traditionally, dealers have charged more for cars than private sellers. That makes sense, a dealer is in it to make money, has overheads to cover and usually has to offer more in the way of a warranty on the car. However, I’ve been noticing a strange trend recently. Most of the super-cheap Porsche 996s on the market are the ones being sold by dealers. Here’s an example I picked by random from Pistonheads but there are plenty more like it. Just £14,000 for a 2000 911 has to be a good deal. OK, it’s a Tiptronic in an odd colour […]

The world’s first in-Porsche sat-nav?

Sat-navs are commonplace these days – you even have them on mobile phones. However, back in 1997, they were still considered state of the art and Porsche had yet to offer one as a optional extra. So this caught my eye today. It was inside a 993 and, apparently, the car’s first owner had paid a lot of money to have it professionally installed. It looks like a factory installation with the correct leather trim around and fits in perfectly with the 993 cockpit. The unit is controlled by a rotary switch positioned behind the handbrake lever and, amazingly, it […]

What price a classic Carrera?

I had an email the other day from someone who’d spotted a 1974 2.7 Carrera coming up for auction with a guide price of £18,000. My initial reaction was that this sounded cheap and gave him the usual caveats about rust and so on. Buying a supposed bargain can end up costing you dearly if the bodywork needs attention because of corrosion – and many 911s of this age do need at least some rust sorting out. I suggested he got someone local to check the car out beforehand, which he did, and the inspection concluded that the car needed […]

Judging a book by its cover

I’ve created a new cover for my You Can Drive a Porsche eBook. Why? Because the old one looked too fussy and hard to see on iBooks. The new cover is much cleaner and simpler. I’d be interested to hear what others think of it.

Porsche 997 Turbo S for £27,000

Well, not exactly. However, this car is partway there. It is, in fact, a 996 Turbo that’s been given a 997 front end – an increasingly common upgrade which, I think, works well, even if, as here, the 996 rear end is retained (Porscheshop, by the way, offers neat LED 996 rear lights that go some way to update the look). The car’s a 2002 model with just 37,000 miles on the clock and has the worthwhile X50 engine upgrade (which was used in the 996 Turbo S) that ups power to 450bhp, plus a sports exhaust. According to the […]

Read my book on the iPhone and iPad

Good news, my eBook, You Can Drive a Porsche is now available via Apple’s iBooks store to read on the iPad or iPhone. To find it, simply search ‘Raby’ within the store. You can even download a free sample chapter. iBooks is a superb way of reading and organising electronic books and gives a very enjoyable reading experience on both the iPad and iPhone.

Buying a 1980 Porsche 911 Targa

I had a message from a lady in Ireland wanting advice on what to look for when buying a 1980 911 Targa, and could there be a problem with a car that’s been stored for 10 years? Here’s my reply: With any 911 of this age the big killer is rust – check carefully for rust on the front wings, rear wings and, most importantly, the sills, inner sills and door shuts (above). Rust can be very expensive to put right. Be wary of a car that’s just been repainted – it could be hiding rust. Targa roofs can be […]

Do try to be original!

Here’s a car I spotted for sale that bothers me. It’s actually a 1987 3.2 Carrera, but you’d never guess it. It’s been ‘updated’ with 964 bumpers and rear spoiler plus an aftermarket front spoiler. Inside, it looks as if someone got a Halfords gift voucher for Christmas and spent it all on the poor old 911. OK, someone must like it to have done that (or maybe they don’t, which is why they’re selling the car now) but I’d much rather see an original 3.2 Carrera. And I’m not the only one. Increasingly, buyers of older 911s are looking […]

Can a Porsche be too cheap?

I had a call from a chap who was considering buying a 996 Carrera 4S. The 4S is the Turbo-bodied car and sells for a premium over the standard car. He explained that he was concerned it was too cheap at £19,000. Now that is cheap for a decent 4S – they’re usually start at about £23,000 for a half-decent example. He said it had 88,000 miles on the clock, had a full service history and had been serviced 4000 miles ago. An HPI check had proved clear and the car seemed sound if a bit dirty. The seller, apparently, […]

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