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Porsches – you really do get attached to them!

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t sell Porsches to make money – of course I do. However, that’s not the only reason – I also love being involved in Porsches, driving them, cleaning them, talking to owners, and helping people make the right choice of Porsche for them. Also, I have to confess that, every Porsche I sell, I get a little bit attached to emotionally. That may sound odd when they pass through my hands regularly, but I really do, and feel sad when one leaves. Let me explain by looking at some of the Porsches I […]

Porsche 993 Carrera S – the best looking 911 ever?

I’ve just taken delivery of a Porsche 993 Carrera S. Made only in 1997 – the very end of air-cooled 911 production – it combines the gorgeous wide Turbo bodyshell with a normally aspirated engine and rear wheel drive. A winning combination in anyone’s book. However, for me the icing on the cake is the Carrera S’s engine lid. Unique to this model, the vents is split by a central vertical spine that harks right back to the appearance of thePorsche 356. It’s a subtle touch of retro that looks just perfect, especially when combined with those sexy rear haunches. […]

Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 – official announcement from Porsche

It’s not been the best kept secret from Porsche – I heard rumours some time ago about the 997 GT3 RS 4.0 and photos were leaked yesterday. Today, though, it’s official, with the following statement from Porsche: The flat six 4.0-litre sports engine, the biggest 911 engine ever, is also the most powerful naturally aspirated engine with 125 hp/litre. It achieves its maximum power of 500 hp at 8,250 revs per minute and delivers its maximum torque of 460 Nm at 5,750 rpm. This impressive performance continues on track, this limited edition model achieves a Nürburgring-Nordschleife lap time of 7:27 […]

Porsche GT3 RS 4.0 – it really is coming!

Following my previous rumour post, official photos of the Porsche GT3 RS 4.0 have been leaked. I don’t have any more details at this stage, but watch this space!

Great Porsche 997 advert

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Porsche Carrera 3.0 RSR racing at the Nürburgring

I’m sorry but here’s another self-indulgent post. I spotted this wonderful period photo in a selection sent to me from the Porsche Archive, and had to share it. It shows three Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 RSR racecars competing hard in the ADAC Super-Sprint at the Nürburgring in 1975. I love the the quality of these old photographs – it was obviously shot on film and has then been scanned to create a digital version. It’s a bit grainy, contrasty and faded but that just adds to its appeal. People spend ages in Photoshop creating similar effects with a modern digital image […]

Porsche 996 Carrera 4 is a great car. Why buy a 997?

The poor old Porsche 996 gets a bad press from some quarters. Mostly, this is unjustified but I can see why – nowadays some 996s I see are tired and neglected. They don’t look very nice, inside or out, and are disappointing to drive. Find a good one, though, and the 996 is a great car that drives like a 911 should. I picked up this lovely Arctic Silver Carrera 4 the other day and drove it from Oxfordshire to my south coast base, and I loved every minute of the journey. Even my ten-year-old son, who’s grown up with […]

Porsche 964 and 996 Carrera 4

I couldn’t resist taking this photo of a pair of Porsche 911 Carrera 4s I have in stock. One is exactly ten years younger than the other, but they are both gorgeous. Which would you choose?

4.0-litre Porsche GT3 RS on the way?

Is Porsche about to announced a 997 GT3 RS with a 4.0-litre engine? I don’t normally use this blog for speculation or rumour but I’ve just been sent what appears to be a spec sheet for such a car, and thought I’d share it with you. The PDF file is low-res and hard to read but you can make out the year, 2011, plus the power of 368Kw (493bhp) and a German price of €179,880, which is about £160,000. Whether it’s true or not, it’s hard to say. With the 997-model 911 coming to the end of its life soon, […]

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