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I’ve spent the weekend driving in around in two interesting Porsches – a 964 Carrera 4 Targa and a 996 Carrera. Interesting in that both the 964 and the 996 have, at times, been unloved 911s, with reputations for unreliability. Unfair reputations, I should add and, particularly in the case of the 964, people now realise that and prices are on the up. Both the 964 and 996 remain remarkable value for money and, drive one, and you’ll realise that they are, in fact, superb 911s. The 964 is the perfect combination of classic 911 and modern (ish) technology and […]
Porsche has unveiled its Cabriolet version of the new 911, in Carrera and Carrera S forms. Other the years, the open-top 911 has become a big seller, especially in the UK – no doubt because we have such a good climate! – so it’s not surprisingly that the Cabriolet has come so soon after the coupe. Despite that, though, in some circles it’s not considered macho to drive a Cab and, I have to confess, I used to be of that thinking. No longer, though; I’ve always loved open-top motoring so what better car to do it than a 911? […]
My post yesterday on a Porsche 996 that had (badly) been updated to look a bit like a 997 got me thinking. Will someone take a 997 (or even a 996) and try to update it to look like the new 991? Updating Porsches to look newer than they are is nothing, er, new. One of the first Porsche features I ever did, as a fresh-faced lad, was on a kit to turn a 944 into a 968 lookalike (the 968 was a new model back then). 3.2s and 911SCs with later-style 964 bumpers are two a penny. 964s have […]
I often get contacted by insurance engineers wanting to value Porsches for claims, and the other day one rang up with an intriguing predicament. He’d been asked to value a Porsche that had been involved in an accident and which the owner claimed was worth £25,000 – the engineer didn’t think it was. The car in question was a 1999 Porsche 996 Cabriolet with 90,000 miles and had already been recorded as Cat D. OK then, depending on condition that’s probably a £8000 to £10,000 car. However – and this where it gets interesting – the car had been updated […]
It’s been well known that Porsche was going to unveil a new model at the Los Angeles motor show, but what? It turned out to be a Panamera GTS which, at first glance, has some interesting features. I don’t have much time, so here’s Porsche’s press release pasted below: Powerful 430 hp 4.8-litre V8 engine with Sound Symposer and sports exhaust Dynamic and agile chassis with lowered, air suspension and larger brakes as standard Distinctive exterior appearance with Turbo design cues and black styling details On sale February 2012, priced from £90,409 The new Panamera GTS is the purist member […]
I don’t know about you, but I always like to see Porsches with unusual colour schemes, inside and out. I guess I’m a bit of a rebel at heart and enjoy something that’s a bit outside the box. Take this Porsche 964’s interior for instance. The majority of 964s in the UK have full leather seats – and very nice they are too – but this one has half leather with chequer fabric inserts. They look different and they’re more comfortable than leather, too. That later-type 968 steering wheel is tasty, too.
Today is 11th November 2011 – or 11/11/11. As a boy, I remember my grandmother recalling being at school on 11th November 1911 and her teacher telling the class that this would be the only time they’d experience such a date. Now, 100 years on, I have a daughter who’s the same age as my gran was on the last 11/11/11. The world has changed beyond recognition in the last 100 years – more so than at any other time in the history of humanity. There have been good time and bad times but, on the whole, I think we […]