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Porsche 944 – the next big thing?

It’s been a while since I’d driven a Porsche 944, so when I got behind the wheel of a late S2 example, I was pleasantly surprised. The built-quality feels astonishing solid, with a refreshing lack of squeaks and rattles on this 20-year-old Porsche. The interior still feels fresh and modern, and this is a car you could easily use every day. The big 3.0-litre four-cylinder engine may be a bit lumpy at low revs but it makes up for that with shedloads of torque and a decent, if not mindblowing, display of power. The front-engined 944 has the gearbox positioned […]

Porsche videos

I heard it said recently that, if a picture’s worth a thousand words, then a video is worth a million. This got me thinking about adding videos of cars for sale to my website. I’ve toyed with this before, but had grand ideas of slickly filmed and edited productions. Then I realised that all is needed is a quick walk round of the car; I’ve been told that one minute of footage is all that is required before people lose interest. With more and more business being done over the internet, from customers in the UK and abroad, it makes […]

Porsche’s 2013 calendar

Every year Porsche produces a calendar which always features striking images of the company’s cars. For 2013, Porsche has chosen the theme ‘Mega City’ which sounds cheesy and perhaps we shouldn’t mull over that too much. The photographs, on the other hand, are certainly eye-catching and cover the whole Porsche range. The cars thankfully take precedent over the rather iffy (and repeative) sci-fi backgrounds. As always, the calendar comes with a collector’s medal which, this year, features the 991 Carrera 4S. You can pick up a copy from your local Porsche centre now. Please click here to like us on […]

Replica Porsche 935 goes to auction

Here’s an interesting Porsche that I did a feature on last year. It’s a road-legal 935 replica, based on an early 911 Turbo but – and this is where it gets interesting – powered by a genuine 935 engine that develops 580bhp! OK, it’s not 100 perfect accurate – it’s painted yellow for starters – but that doesn’t matter. What this car is a fun and potent Porsche which, while being perhaps a little too extreme for road use, would make a superb trackday weapon. 0-60mph is claimed to be just 3.1 seconds – in first gear! More details here. […]

Is a written off Porsche 996 Turbo a good buy?

A friend just drew my attention to this Porsche 996 Turbo which is being sold on an auction site. It’s a Cat D write-off – which means an insurance company has deemed it uneconomical to repair. Cat D cars can be a cheap way into Porsche ownership so long as you are able to do the repair cheaply but – crucially – at the same time properly. Which you may be able to do if you have access to workshop facilities and use second-hand parts. A nearly new 911 Turbo would require massive damage to be written off but these […]

Porsche 964 Carrera 4 photoshoot

I was out on a photoshoot for GT Porsche magazine today. The weather was misty and moody which would have been hopeless for a black car but suited a Guards Red Porsche 964 perfectly. These aren’t the real photos but just a few I took with my iPhone, over the photographer’s shoulder.

What’s the inside story on this Porsche 964 Turbo?

An overseas customer is looking for details of an unusual Porsche 964 Turbo which was exported from the UK in 2006. Before this, it appears to have been stolen and recovered, and the VIN plate removed. It had then been issued with a replacement VIN by the DVLA, beginning SABTVR. This meant it was required to carry a ‘Q’ plate – Q655FLH – which would have made it a distinctive car. If you remember this Porsche or have any information about it, please get in touch. Nothing sinister – it’s just my customer is intrigued to discover the car’s history.

John Mile’s Porsche 964 in the media

Below are some magazine articles that John Miles’ Porsche 964 Carrera 4 have appeared in. Click to view a full article full size but please be patient – they are large files. For full details of John’s 964, please click here. Car explains why you don’t need to drive a boring car 911 & Porsche World review the whole 964 range

Road trip in a Porsche 964 Carrera 4

Yesterday, I travelled by train to the West Country to collect a Porsche 964 Carrera 4. This is a car that’s been owned for the last 20 years by John Miles who is well known in the Porsche world for his 964 website (now no longer running) and his car that’s been featured several times in magazines (including a couple of features I wrote). John’s now off to start a new life in New Zealand and has asked me to handle the sale of his beloved Porsche. It’s a 180-mile trip from Plymouth to my base in Chichester, so it […]