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Porsche buying scam

I received an enquiry for a Porsche I am selling and soon realised it was a scam, but played along to see how it was done. Rather clever and I’m sure some people would fall for it, so be warned. Here is our email exchange: What is the final price for the car ? Me: Hi KalyanThank you for your enquiry. I’m getting a lot of interest in the car, but would be happy to consider a sensible offer. Would you like to view the car? OK.Thanksfor the swift reply. I might not be able to arrange for a meeting […]

Porsche 964 Carrera air-conditioning fixed!

I’m selling a lovely Porsche 964 Carrera 4. It’s a stunning car that’s had a lot of money spent on getting it to tip-top condition. The only thing that let it down was the fact that the air-conditioning didn’t work. The previous owner argued that it wasn’t worth spending money on a system that was never that good in the first place. A sentiment I agree with. Like him, I assumed that it would cost a lot of money to get the air-con working – and it can, £2000 is not unheard of if there is corrosion in the pipes […]

Porsche road-cars poster from the 1990s

I spotted this poster tucked in the corner of an old workshop and just had to take a (not very good!) photo of it. I believe it’s an official Porsche poster and it’s obviously been created in a retro style (the 1990s weren’t that long ago!). It’s a lovely at-a-glance guide to the main Porsche road cars made up to that point. Obviously there are lots of sub-models that aren’t included (you’d need a big poster for that!) but the main ones are there. It would be interesting to see an updated version that includes cars to the present day. […]

The Germany Car Industry, My Part in Its Victory

I’ve just been reading The Germany Car Industry, My Part in Its Victory, by motoring writer and used-car specialist James Ruppert. James cut his teeth selling BMWs in Park Lane during the 1980s, and this book is based on his experiences there. It also looks at the development of German cars in the postwar years and, naturally, Porsche gets a good look in. To be honest, some of the model detail is a bit too anoraky even for me, and I enjoyed most his often amusing reminisces of the Eighties (cassettes, Sade, yuppies and more). You can pick up your own […]

Burned out Porsche 997 Turbo

Here’s a sad sight; a Porsche 997 Turbo that’s been burned out and abandoned somewhere in the Lake District. I find the images quite moving and disturbing, don’t you? The photos were sent by a friend and I don’t know where they came from, so I hope the photographer is happy with me sharing them.

Porsche 996 sold, now for another one!

I often sell Porsches for people because their circumstances have changed. A usual comment is “I never get time to use it”, and another is “We’ve got a baby on the way.” Now, I usually point out that a baby will fit in the back of a 911, as will older children. However, I recently had a call from a chap whose wife was expecting twins. Great news but two babies and all the paraphernalia in the back of his 996? Tricky. There was no question, the Porsche had to go. It turned out to be a superb example of […]

Rare Porsche 911 Turbo Targa for sale – again!

This rare Porsche 911 Turbo Targa had been sold but, sadly, due to personal problems the buyer has had to back out. Bad news for him but good news for someone else! One of just 297 examples sold wordwide and 27 right-hand drive cars , it’s a rare and collectable Porsche. Click here for the full story.  

It’s worth buying a good Porsche 964

I was at a Porsche specialist yesterday and they showed me a Porsche 964 Carrera 2 which they had in for some work. The owner had just bought it for £14,000 and thought he’d got a good car. Sadly, though, the technicians looked it over and found that the engine cylinder compressions were low, there were various oil leaks and, generally, the car was not mechanically good. What’s more, the paintwork appeared to have been cleaned with a Brillo Pad. The engine required at least a top-end rebuild, plus the various other jobs needed attending to, and a £5000-plus bill […]

Porsche 911 Targas, are they really that bad?

I’ve just read a letter in a magazine from an old friend and colleague, warning people off 911 Targas and calling them ‘pretty mediocre’. Ouch! I can imagine the hate mail he’s going to receive. I can understand where he’s coming from, though, as I used to have similar feelings about Targas (and, yes, I got hate mail). I argued that the roof spoiled the classic 911 profile and created unacceptable wind noise. However, I’ve since grown to love the Targa shape. Sure, it’s not as elegant as the classic coupe roofline, but it does have an appeal all of […]

Porsche 964 Carrera 4 video

Here’s my first tentative steps into video, with the help of my ten-year-old son. Constructive criticism welcome! 🙂 Click here for more information on the Porsche 964.  

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