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Porsche 964 Turbo should have sold quicker

It’s a strange business selling Porsches. I took on this 964 Turbo almost a year ago and I thought it was have been snapped up very quickly. Priced at just £25,000 it was one of the cheapest 964 Turbos in the UK yet was far from a dog. The price was low because the car had a highish mileage – 118,000 – and wasn’t in perfect condition. Yet the engine had had extensive work done on (a top end rebuild and more) and the car’s a joy to drive. I took it out at lunchtime to take it for a […]

Looking for a facelift Porsche 996 Carrera 4 or 4S

I am looking for a really good example of a Porsche 996 Carrera 4 or 4S for a customer. Needs to be lowish mileage, great service history and be a genuine car. Colour and specification not too much of a concern. If you’re in the UK and looking to sell such a car, do please get in touch.

Porsche 993 – a great investment for the Star Wars generation?

Can a standard Porsche 993 Carrera 4 be worth £47,000? That’s double what you’d expect to pay for a reasonable narrow-bodied 993. I’ve just been sent a link to an interesting blog post by a Porsche 993 owner, Simon Das. He claims that the 993 is the car that ‘the Star Wars generation’ wants – guys in their 30s. He puts forward the usual argument for the 993 – rock-solid build quality, everything works, there’s not much to go wrong and so on (although his claim that there’s no ‘computer panel to go wrong’ isn’t quite true – that heater […]

Porsche 911 PS Spyder

I’ve just had a call from Paul Stephens, a true Porsche enthusiast who creates some amazing 911s under his PS brand. The latest of which is the incredible PS Spyder, which is a clever reinterpretation of the classic 550 Spyder of the 1950s. It’s an extreme Speedster, if you like. Check out Paul’s website for more photos – you won’t be disappointed!

Porsche 997 finished in Carrera Silver GT – what a great colour!

I’ve just collected this Porsche 997 Carrera S and took some photos down at my local harbourside location. The car’s finished in GT Silver Metallic and it’s a striking shade – purer than the usual Arctic Silver and a refreshing change. Don’t get me wrong, I like Arctic but it’s just become a bit too common, so it’s good to see something slightly different. The light today was perfect for it, too – beautiful!  

Porsche 997 or 996 Carrera 4S

It’s a question I’m often asked – and ask myself: What’s the best buy, a Porsche 997 Carrera or a 996 Carrera 4S? You can pick up either for about the same money – under £25,000. It’s a tough one. The logical choice as to be 997, as it’s the newer and more modern Porsche with, everyone says, the better looks and better interior. And early 997s are getting very affordable, with high-mileage 2004 examples touching £20,000. However, I usually steer people away from super-low-priced Porsches – they’re cheap for a reason. It’s usually better to pay a bit more […]

What’s a good Porsche for retirement?

Now, I’m a long way off retirement, but when I do finally get to take it easy, there are two things I am sure of: First, I’m not going to play golf. Second, I’m not going to drive around slowly in a Nissan Micra with a National Trust sticker on the back. Third, I am going to drive a Porsche. But what sort of Porsche? Well, certainly a 911 of some description but will it be a modern one or a classic? Now, no one can predict what sort of cars Porsche will be making over the next 20-odd years […]

Preparing a Porsche 911 for sale

While most of the Porsche world has been fussing over the new Boxster (and very nice it is too), I’ve been concerned with older Porsches. I’ve just sold an interesting 911SC that’s been made to look like a 964 3.8RS – and a pretty convincing job it is from the outside (inside, there’s still a fully trimmed SC leather interior). When the buyer came to see it, a few little faults had made themselves apparent. So, naturally, these had to be sorted before he collects the car. First, the driver’s window wouldn’t work. Usually, this is down to mucky contacts […]

Should Porsches have wooden interiors?

I was sifting through some old photos today when I came across this shot of the interior of a Porsche 993. Nothing unusual in that, you may think, but take a look at the photo. Check out all that wood – it’s more Bentley than Porsche. Now, purists like to complain about wood inside Porsches, arguing that it’s just not right. But what’s the basis for that argument? The very first 911s had touches of wood around the dash and, traditionally, sports cars often had a bit of dead tree inside them. As time has gone by, though, wooden dashes […]

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