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Free Porsche web browser

I have to admit to being a bit of a computer nerd, and love anything to do with Apple. Now, I was discussing with some friends recently the pros and cons of various web browsers and I admitted that I was very happy with Safari and had never really liked Firefox, or seen the point of moving from Safari. However, I’d not tried Google Chrome so I’ve just downloaded it and am chuffed to find that there is an official Porsche theme available for it. This takes the already good-looking Chrome interface and applies a tasteful dark blue menu bar […]

Porsche 911 sales poster from the 1970s

I’m enjoying the archive of Porsche sales posters I’ve discovered and can’t resist sharing them from time to time. This Porsche 911 poster from the 1970s is a classic; I love it. Today, such an advert would be considered cheesy and certainly not appropriate for Porsche. However, back then, Porsche was a very different company and advertising wasn’t so sophisticated. You can find this and many more glorious Porsche poster from all eras here.    

My first Porsche 911 – the ongoing story

Most people have fond memories of their first car – and even more so of their first Porsche 911. I bought my first 911 about seven years ago now and it was a 1983 911SC. Not the best example, but it was all I could afford. During my time with the car, I had the engine and gearbox comprehensively rebuilt and it was a real peach to drive. The bodywork was, well, average – some rust bubbles were appearing in the usual places but, at the time, it was basically sound. I sold the car to someone in Northern Ireland […]

Porsche 996 Carrera 4S colour-coded centre console

I was browsing around a friend’s showroom at lunchtime, when I was inevitably drawn to a gorgeous Midnight Blue  996 Carrera 4S –  one of my favourite modern 911s. The inside was as spotless as the exterior, but really got my attention was the centre console. Like many Porsche 996s,  the section between the seats was colour-coded to match the exterior paintwork; nothing new there, as it was a factory option. However, this car also had similar colour-coding on the front part of the console; around the climate control, CD holders, PCM screen and the vents. I have never seen […]

Possibly the best Porsche 964 for sale in the UK today

Last week, I said this Porsche 964 Carrera 4 was coming soon. It’s now just been delivered and, wow, it’s taken my breath away! It really is in stunning condition. This 964 Carrera 4 benefits from a full (not just top-end) rebuild and over £11,000 of bills from the last three years. It’s been pampered and is surely the best 964 for sale in the UK today. The price is £22,995 which, when you consider what’s already been spent on the car, is good value. Here is a Porsche 964 that shouldn’t cost you anything over and above routine servicing, […]

Wild 911 Turbo flatnose lookalike

I spotted this car for sale on the 911UK forum and had to share it. At first glance, it looks like a flat nose 930 that’s been heavily customised,  and from the bodywork point of view, that’s pretty much what it is, albeit with the later-type  pop-up headlamps as used on the 964 Turbo 3.6S. However, it  does not have a turbocharged engine. Instead, the 330bhp  comes from a 3.4 litre normally aspirated engine, which means that the power will be  quite different from that in an early Turbo. All this pales into insignificance, mind, when you look at the […]

Porsche posters – an online collection

I’ve found a lovely collection of official Porsche posters online. Porsche has done some wonderful advertising over the years, with posters that really do put across the excitement of Porsche ownership. There are dozens of great posters to browse through and download, dating from the 1950s to the present day. Click here to view the collection.

Rare Porsche 911 Turbo Targa

Here’s a very rare Porsche 911. It’s a 1988 Turbo Targa. Porsche only made Targa versions of the Turbo in 1988 and 1989, and just 297 were sold worldwide in that time. Few 0f those were right-hand drive cars sold in the UK. This low-mileage example is in beautiful original condition and is available for sale now. Click here for full details and photographs of this highly collectable Porsche 911.

Porsche 993 Cabriolet sales poster

I have a copy of this Porsche 993 poster framed on my office wall and thought I’d share it with you,  for no other reason than I think it’s rather cool. 🙂

Porsche 996 Carrera 4S

I was asked recently how a Porsche 996 Carrera 4S is different to the normal Carrera 4. Well, it’s mainly down to the wide Turbo rear wings and – a 996 exclusive – a full-width rear reflector as seen on previous 911s. To my mind (and to many others), from the back it’s by far the best-looking 996, and one of the best-looking 911s, too. The uprated suspension was based on that of the Turbo, so the car was 10mm lower than the standard Carrera. The brakes, too, came straight from the 911 Turbo and gave phenomenal stopping performance. The […]

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