Philip Raby Porsche

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Living life to the full with a Porsche 996 Turbo

I spotted this video on the Facebook Porsche 911 page and just had to share it with you. I hope the owner doesn’t mind. If you’re feeling a bit sorry for yourself, this should help you view life in a new light. It’s also got a lovely 996 Turbo in it!  

Getting the right Porsche for the client

I had an email yesterday from a chap looking to buy his first Porsche 911 – always an exciting time. He’d decided he wanted an early 996 and had a realistic budget for such a Porsche. We exchanged notes and I realised that I had just the car for him – this 1999 Carrera 4 in lovely condition that had been well maintained and cherished. Now, a cynic would argue that I was being opportunistic but, no, it really was the right car for him. And when he came to view it, we chatted some more about his requirements, he […]

Washing Porsches is fun!

My first job of the day was washing a Porsche – a 996 Carrera 4 to be precise. It didn’t need anything fancy – just a quick sponge down and dry to remove some everyday grime. It was already beautifully polished with Zymol and in great condition. I have to admit that I’m not the world’s best car cleaner. I’m patient with many things, but I can’t be spending hours, if not days, detailing a Porsche – I use a very good valeter for that. However, when it comes to a quick sponge down (the Porsche not me) I’m in […]

Porsche owners are nice people

I sold a lovely honest example of a 993 Carrera this week – that’s it above. The buyer came to collect the car with a friend, who drove him down in a superb 993 Carrera S in Vesuvius. The three of us spent a very entertaining hour or so chatting about cars and lots of other things over a coffee, and the new owner went off delighted with his purchase. Later, the S owner made some positive comments on the excellent 911UK forum I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again; almost without exception, Porsche owners are very friendly […]

Follow me on Twitter

I’ve now got a Twitter account, where you can get occasional Porsche (and other random) thoughts from me. Please follow @RabyPorsche or click the button to the left. 🙂 Cheers Phil

How to save £100,000 on a Porsche 911 Turbo

I’ve just returned from the Isle of Man where I was driving the latest Porsche 911 Turbo S for Total 911 magazine. It’s an astonishing car and a lot of fun – especially on an island without speed limits! However, this example cost £130,000 (specced with Aerokit, rear wiper and, er, floor mats) which, for most people, is a helluva lot of money. More than they’d want – or could – spend on a car. However, help is at hand. You can save £100,000 simply by buying the previous-generation 911 Turbo S – the 996 variant. With essentially the same […]

Two Porsches, different values

Just a quick photo I snapped today. Two lovely Porsches with a difference in value of £110,000! One is a 2011 911 Turbo S, the other a 1994 911 Carrera.

The secret to an affordable Porsche 993

Porsche 993 buyers are very fussy about mileage. More so than any other model of Porsche; if a 993 has super-low mileage, the price will be higher. If, on the other hand, the mileage is slightly higher, than the price drops accordingly. This is an odd situation when you consider that the 993 has one of the most reliable and tough engines of all 911s. So long as the car’s been properly maintained, there’s no reason why a higher mileage example shouldn’t be a problem. I’m just been driving this example. It’s got 110,000 miles on the clock yet has […]

A brief history of the Porsche 911 Carrera 4 – video

Following my previous post about the new Carrera 4 GTS, here’s a great little video that gives you a short history of the 911 Carrera 4. Well worth watching!  

What’s the point of the Porsche 997 Carrera 4 GTS?

Porsche has just announced yet another incarnation of the 997. The Carrera 4 GTS is, as the name suggests, a four-wheel drive version of the GTS. Now, the Carrera GTS is a great halfway house between the Carrera and the GT3 and, crucially, represents superb value for money. If I was buying a brand-new 911, it’s the one I’d choose. However, already people are asking what is the point of the Carrera 4 GTS? Good question and to find out, we need to go back in time. Porsche originally introduced the Carrera 4 back in 1989, as the first version […]

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