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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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

Porsche 964 Turbo-Look Cabriolet – what’s it worth?

I’ve had three seperate conversations today about, to give it its full name, the Porsche 964 Carrera 2 Cabriolet Turbo-Look, or 964 Turbo-Look Cabriolet to its friends. This is a rare car, with just 24 right-hand drive examples coming to the UK in 1992 and 1993, and not many left-hookers either. It’s always hard to value these cars – they’re rare but not as sought after or desirable as some other rare Porsches, such as the 964RS. Someone has to really want a 964 Cabriolet to pay a premium for one of these wide-bodied examples. There is a very cheap […]

Porsche 993 Turbo is the cheapest yet

The Porsche 993 Turbo is one of the most desirable 911s – and for good reason. It’s a lovely looking car with its wide rear arches and wonderful curves, and it’s a tough and reliable piece of engineering with performance that’s still astonishing today. The 993 was the first of the ‘tame’ 911 Turbos, with twin turbochargers and the 408bhp being fed to all four wheels via a six-speed gearbox. It was a very fast car but a refined one, too. Really good examples of the Porsche 993 Turbo sell for over £50,000 and prices rarely drop below £40,000, such […]

Porsche sellers – dodgy dealings

Here in the UK the Porsche community is tight knit and, on the whole, everyone gets on well. I spend a lot of time with people who buy and sell Porsches and most are honest, conscientious and eager to give their customers the best service possible. And that’s how it should be. However, just recently, I’ve had several phone calls from Porsche owners complaining about a bad practice. They’d been trying to sell their Porsches and had been approached by a dealer offering to sell the car on their behalf and claiming they had a customer lined up who was […]

Steve McQueen’s Le Mans 911S – what would you pay for it?

The Porsche 911S that Steve McQueen drove in the film Le Mans is coming up for auction soon, which is causing big excitement in the Porsche world. Usually, I’m very cynical about Porsches that have celebrity owners. Recently, a couple of 911s that had once been owned by David Beckham came up for sale, and the asking prices were way in excess of the cars’ value, simply because a pair of Beckham bottoms had once warmed the leather. But this car is different. Not because McQueen is more famous than Beckham – he probably isn’t these days – but because […]

Porsche 993 Carrera S seems cheap

The wide-bodied Porsche 993 Carrera S surely one of the best-looking 911s ever. It’s rare, too, as this -rear-drive model was only made in 1997, right at the end of air-cooled production. Because of its desirability and rarity, 993 Carrera S prices are strong; it’s rare to see one for less than £30,000, with exceptional examples touching £40,000. So I was surprised to spot this one up for just £21,950 – that’s standard 993 money? What gives? as they say in America. Well, a few immediate negative points spring to mind. First off, the colour. I like Arena Red but […]