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Porsche 997 Carrera 3.6 engine is a peach

I’ve just been driving a 2005 Porsche 997 Carrera Cabriolet. I’d forgotten just how sweet the 3.6-litre 997 engine is. It’s a beautifully free-revving unit that embodies all that is great and fun about 911 engines. Indeed, I prefer it to the 3.8-litre Carrera S engine; sure it’s more powerful but it just doesn’t feel as eager. This is great news for buyers, as most people are brainwashed into wanting a Carrera S, which makes the standard Carrera better value for money. Less outlay for more fun – that’s a win-win in my book. Here are the details of the […]

Remember Fast Lane magazine?

A chance comment on Twitter this morning reminded me of a magazine I enjoyed in my youth. I’ve always been a magazine junkie, with my car interest beginning with Street Machine (by coincidence, I later worked for the editor, after he launched a Porsche magazine), and then Sports Car Mechanics (I later worked with the editor of that too!). However, I always liked the clean stylish design and upmarket feel of Fast Lane. A quick Google search uncovered these scans of issue one. from 1984, which featured a Porsche 911 on the cover. Sadly, the Porsche feature isn’t included (maybe […]

Porsche 996 rear main seal (RMS) replacement

I’ve just got a Porsche 996 in stock and it rear main seal (RMS to its friends) is leaking. This is not at all uncommon – most 996 and Gen1 997 Carreras will suffer from it at some stage in their lives. Normally is it anything to worry about; if you can cope with a little bit of oil dripping onto your garage floor, the usual advice is to live with it until the clutch needs replacing. The gearbox and clutch have to be removed to get at the seal, you see. Good advice until you want to sell the […]

The new Porsche 911 makes the old one more appealing

Porsche has released photos of the new 991-model 911 on test in South Africa. The cars are under camouflage and the images are all over the internet, so I won’t go into details here. Suffice it to say that the all-new 911 will be better in all ways, and I’m very excited about it. However, in an odd way, the new car makes the current 997 even more appealing to me. I don’t know why, but I always like slightly older models of Porsche and the 991 has, all of a sudden, made the 997 exactly that. When the 993 […]

Does it matter how many owners a Porsche has had?

I had a call from a chap interested in a Porsche I’m selling. However, when I told him the car had had eight previous owners, he said he wasn’t interested. It’s long puzzled me why the number of owners a Porsche has been through should be a problem to some people. Sure, there’s something nice about a car that’s been with the same caring family from new, but that’s rare and, realistically, does it make any difference? The Porsche in question, this one, is 14 years old and is otherwise in great condition – it’s obviously been cherished – and […]

Classic Porsche – better than money in the bank!

The Bank of England announced today that UK interest rates are remaining at just 0.5%. Great news if you have a mortgage, but worrying if you have savings. Indeed, with inflation running at some 4%, your stash in the bank is actually devaluing. No wonder people are looking at other places to invest. I recently spoke to an investment fund manager who told me that the best performing investment at the moment is fine wine, followed closely by classic cars. Apparently the Chinese are particularly keen on wine, which seems odd to me. You can enjoy driving a classic car […]

Porsche 964 Turbo created a stir at the Festival of Speed

I spent an enjoyable afternoon at the Goodwood Festival of Speed at the weekend. Part of the fun of this event is driving there in an interesting car. I took a 1993 Porsche 964 Turbo finished in eyecatching Cobalt Blue. A modest car in relation some of the exotic Ferraris and Lamborghinis, perhaps, but boy did it attract a lot of attention! Driving to Goodwood, I got waves and flashes from other car drivers, and as I drove slowly through the fields that were being used for parking, plenty of heads turned and I overhead a few comments alone the […]

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