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Porsche 996 for sale in Latvia

I’ve been exchanging emails with a Porsche 996 owner in Latvia who wants to sell his car. He bought it from Vienna in Austria and exported it to Latvia where, he tells me, the 996 was serviced by the country’s one and only Porsche dealer. The very tidy-looking left-hand drive 2000 car has 189,000km (117,000 miles) on the clock. What’s it worth? The owner doesn’t know, saying that prices range from €18,000 to €30,000 (£14,000 to £24,000) for similar examples. That’s certainly more than you’d expect to pay for a highish mileage 996 in the UK but, I suspect, there are […]

The easy way to sell your Porsche

Selling your beloved Porsche (or other performance car) yourself can be hard. Tyre-kickers, dreamers, time wasters, con artists – do you really want to deal with all that? And will people want to buy a valuable car from a stranger? You could sell to a dealer but you’ll often end up taking a big hit on price doing that. This is where we can help. Philip Raby is a Porsche broker. We will take your car, prepare it for sale, photograph it and market it heavily to our contacts in the UK and abroad. We’ll deal with buyers on your […]

Porsche open day in West Sussex

  We are teaming up with Porsche service specialist AW Motor Sport and opening our doors to Porsche owners on Sunday 12th August. The informal open day will be a chance to meet staff from both companies and also to chat with other Porsche owners at this West Sussex facility. Refreshments will be provided, plus the chance to put your Porsche through a free health check, and get advice on servicing and repairs. There will also be a selection of Porsches for sale. AW Motor Sport is based near the historic city of Chichester with its stunning harbour, plus West Wittering […]

Porsche 911SC and 911 Turbo engines

Here’s an interesting photo I found in my archives. It’s a press shot of a Porsche 911SC and 911 Turbo from 1976, showing each car with its respective engine. The turbocharger is clearly visible on the lower left side of the Turbo engine and, even back then, the engine was tightly packaged. Note that that Turbo is badged ‘Turbo Carrera’ which is how the car was marketed in the USA for a short period.

Making a Porsche 996 look like a 997

It’s a funny old world. Some Porsche owners want their cars to look older than they really are – witness the popularity of so-called recreations; 3.2 Carreras or 964s that have been backdated to look like 911s from the 1970s. On the other hand, some owners want their Porsches to look newer. Companies like Porscheshop, for instance, do a line of updates to make the Gen1 Porsche 997 look like a GenII car (basically, new front and rear lights). And one of the very first Porsche articles I wrote (I’m showing my age here) was on a kit to turn […]

Ultra-low mileage Porsche 911 Speedster

A friend sent me a link to an advert for a 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster which is for sale in Australia. Now, any 911 Speedster is a rare beast but this one is particularly interesting because it’s done just 1617 miles from new. In other words, it’s effectively never been used! It’s a wide-bodied car finished in Midnight Blue Metallic. From the photos, it looks brand new, as you’d expect. It’s hard to put a value on a Porsche like this, but the asking price of AUS$164,995 (about £108,000) sounds about right. The problem, though, with super-low mileage Porsches, is […]

Porsche 996 Carrera 4S – a classic 911 in the making

I don’t hold with the argument that the Porsche 996 is ugly although I can see why some people find it a bit bland-looking. However, the wide-bodied 996 Carrera 4S addresses that criticism fair and square – I think it’s one of the best-looking 911s and many others think so too. Built from 2001 to 2005,  the 996 Carrera 4S follows on from other wide-bodied 911s including the Carrera Turbo-Look of 1984, and included the 993 Carrera 4S. The Carrera 4S is essentially an all-wheel drive Carrera in in a 911 Turbo bodyshell, albeit without the  Turbo’s air intakes in […]

Porsche sales up 14 percent

I’ve just received a press release from Porsche, saying that the company has sold 69,171 cars in the first six months of 2012. That’s a 14 percent increase over the same period last year and very good news, indeed. Interestingly, European sales are up 19.7 percent, while the relatively new Chinese market saw an increase of 24.5 percent. Porsche 911 sales have been given a particular boost with the new 991 – in the period coming up to the 991 being launched, 911 sales dropped in anticipation of the new model. No less than 14,338 911s were sold, which is […]

Porsche 911 – the ultimate eco car?

Many years ago, I read a book called Durable Car Ownership by Charles Ware of the Morris Minor Centre in Bath, and the philosophy behind it stuck in my mind. In a nutshell, Mr Ware argued that keeping existing cars on the road – in his case the timeless Morris Minor – made more sense from a financial and environmental point of view then scrapping them and buying new ones. And this was written over 30 years ago, before being ‘eco’ was trendy. Ware claimed that, apart from the Minor, only Volvos were made well enough to fit into his […]

If only everything in life was as reliable as a Porsche

Do you feel disheartened by the football, the tennis, the weather, the economy? You need a Porsche to cheer you up! What better way to kickstart your day than by grabbing the keys to your very own Porsche and hitting the road? A Porsche won’t fail to start or, more importantly, fail to put a smile on your face! Drive it, and all your cares and worries will disappear! What’s more, at Philip Raby Porsche, we’ll ensure that buying (or selling) a Porsche is also a carefree process. So click here to see our current stock and get in touch. […]

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