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Porsche 996 Turbo – make sure you choose a good one

The Porsche 996 Turbo is being touted as the ‘bargain supercar’ by many pundits and they have a point – it’s a lot of car for the money. I remember when the Turbo was a new car, it was crowned ‘best car in the world’ by various motoring magazines, and it’s hard to argue with that. Today, it’s a tempting buy but do be very careful by examples you see for under £25,000. There’s a fair chance that you’ll end up spending money on getting things sorted. I’ve heard this happen time and time again – people getting their fingers […]

Porsche 911 rear reflectors; a brief history in pictures

The launch of the new Porsche 991 Carrera 4 heralds the return of the full-width reflector between the rear lights – a Porsche 911 trademark for many years. The latest reflector is very thin and some would say a pale reflection of previous attempts (sorry, couldn’t resist). However, I like it. It’s very elegant and, to my mind, better integrated into the design than that of the 997 Carrera 4. Today, the reflector signifies four-wheel drive 911 Carrera 4s but when it was first introduced in 1974 it was fitted to all 911s, and remained so for many years. Back […]

Porsche 911 Carrera 4 – should you buy one?

Porsche has just unveiled the new 991 Carrera 4 at the Paris motor show, which was no surprise as the car had already been announced. As per the 997 before it, the new four-wheel drive variant can be distinguished by its wider rear wings and full-width rear reflector between the lights. I suspect that it’s these cosmetic changes, rather than any dynamic advantages, which will attract buyers to the 4 and 4S over their less expensive rear-wheel drive counterparts. Porsche first introduced a four-wheel drive 911 back in 1989 with the 964 Carrera 4. This was followed a year later […]

Porsche unveils the Panamera Sport Turismo estate car

OK, it’s only a concept at the moment, but doesn’t the Panamera Sport Turismo look great? It also showcases some cool future technology. Here’s what Porsche has to say about it, in their own words:   Body: sports appeal and functionality in further developed design  The body concept of the Panamera Sport Turismo is an outlook on a possible Porsche sports car of tomorrow: The overhangs are short, and the boot lid is large – both sporty and functional. The concept car combines the dimensions of a premium vehicle with the interior comfort of the luxury class. The Sport Turismo is […]

Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0

I was lucky enough to have a drive in this car last week. It’s a 1977 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 – a rare and often overlooked model. Introduced in 1976, the range-topping Carrera 3.0 was basically the same as the previous 2.7-litre Carrera but fitted with a new 2994cc engine. This was essentially the same unit as fitted to the new 911 Turbo but, of course, without the turbocharger. Instead, the compression ratio was raised to 8.5:1 by the use of domed pistons. The engine boasted Nikasil-coated cylinder bores, an aluminium crankcase and Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection. This is the […]

Porsche parking sign

Here’s a great sign that would look great in any garage or car park. Click here to buy.

Porsche 964 Speedster – a rare treat

I spent yesterday evening in the company of three Porsche 964 Speedster owners – and not only do they have good taste in cars, they’re great guys too. I’ve always had a soft spot for the Porsche 964 as well as rare 911s, so the 964 Speedster is particularly attractive to me. The Speedster concept dates back to 1954, with the 356 variant which featured a cut-down, removable windscreen, a simple hood, bucket seats and a reduced specification. Porsche returned to the Speedster format in 1989 with the Carrera 3.2 version. This 911 Speedster had a lower, more steeply raked […]

Porsche 911 is the greatest, says Car magazine

The Porsche 911 has topped Car magazine’s list of the best 50 cars of the last 50 years, as reported in a special issue of the magazine to celebrate its 50th birthday. It’s interesting to note that the 911 will reach the same landmark next year. Car took an early 2.0-litre 911 from 1965, together with a brand new 991, to the Furka Pass in the Alps to produce one of the best-looking Porsche features I’ve ever seen in a magazine. Combining superb photograph with thoughtful prose, it’s a classic example of what makes Car a great magazine. The feature […]

Porsche Boxster being built by VW

Porsche has announced that, to cope with demand, some Boxsters will be produced at the Osnabruck Volkswagen plant. This is not the first time that vehicles have been produced for Porsche in the Lower Saxony factory – car bodies were made here for the 356 hardtop coupé in the 1960s and for the Porsche 968 in the 1990s. From 1969 to 1975, over 115,000 Porsche 914s were assembled in Osnabrück. Also, some of the original Boxster production was farmed out to Valmet in Finland, which also made Saab convertibles on the same production line. I remember visiting this plant some […]

Over £37,000 for a rusty old Porsche 911!

Last week, I reported on an interesting 1969 Porsche 911E that was being sold on eBay. The auction has now ended at a cool £37,000. That’s a lot of money for a car that requires a total restoration (which could easily be over £50,000 in itself) and the general feedback I got was that the car wasn’t worth that much. As I said before, it’s hard to put a value on such a car. Yes, it’s rare and an interesting piece of Porsche history but not as desirable as, say, a 911S, so will it be worth £100,000 once it’s […]