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Car Magazine’s ‘First Porsche’ feature

I’ve never liked “Buy a Porsche for £5000” type features but they continue to shout from magazine front covers. This month, the once-great Car Magazine has resorted to such tactics, with the cover line “Buying your first Porsche. £5k Boxster, £7k 911 or £7k Cayenne” This caught my attention enough to reach for the iPad and download the issue – at 69p it’s a bargain. Sadly, though, the bargain Porsches promised by the magazine are unrealistic. Boxster The article starts off reasonably, by suggesting you can buy a Boxster for £5000 – you can pick up a half-decent early car […]

Porsche 911 Carrera 4 – history of four-wheel drive 911s

Here’s a great video from Porsche looking back over the history of four-wheel drive Porsche 911s and the development of the 911 Carrera 4. Well worth a watch.  

Does it matter the number of owners a Porsche has had?

It’s long puzzled me why the number of owners a Porsche has been through should be a problem to some people. Sure, there’s something nice about a car that’s been with the same caring family from new, but that’s rare and, realistically, does it make any difference? It’s not uncommon for Porsches to go through a lot of owners. Let’s look at a typical scenario. A brand-new Porsche is an expensive purchase and many are bought by company directors, who put it through the company. A year or two later, their accountant advises them to transfer the car to private ownership, […]

Porsche 993 Turbo values

I’ve just been asked if I think a Porsche 993 Turbo is a good investment. That’s a tricky one. Porsche 993 Turbo prices have been on a high for some time, with good low mileage examples being around £60,000. That’s up on a few years ago but prices seems to have stabilised now. I can’t see any big jumps in prices in the short term, as the cars are expensive now, but longer term I am sure that 993 Turbo prices will go up. However, as with most Porsches, if you want a good investment you need to buy the […]

Porsche sales increase

Porsche sales increase around the world Porsche has sold 128,978 new cars in the last 11 months – a healthy increase on the previous full year’s figure of 118,868. Turnover has increased in all regions, most notably the USA, which has seen sales rise by 71.4%. China, meanwhile, is up 63.4% and Europe 13.6%. No doubt on the back of the new 991, Porsche has seen 911 sales increase by a whopping 91.6% with sales of 2019 cars in November. So good news all around and an indication that the recession the media keeps telling us about perhaps isn’t all […]

Porsche 996/997 battery and central locking

Porsche 996/997 battery and central locking If you have a Porsche 996/997 and have left it unused for a week or more, there’s a fair chance you’ll have had problems unlocking it. This is normal – the remote central locking shuts down which means that you have to use the key to open the driver’s side door. When you do this, the alarm will sound and you need to use the remote fob to silence it. Annoying for your neighbours! However, if you leave a Porsche 996/997 for a long time, the battery will run down, because the alarm system is […]

Porsche 993 tee-shirt and mug

Here’s a great Porsche 993 tee-shirt, featuring a side-profile line drawing of the 993 with dimensions. And if you’re in the UK there’s still time to order some for Christmas – the deadline is 19th December. Click here to buy. There’s also a cool mug with the same Porsche 993 image on. Click here to buy.          

Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo in action

Here’s an interesting video from Porsche about its Panamera Sport Turismo concept car. A Panamera coupe or an overgrown Scirocco, depending on your point of view, there’s no doubt that the Panamera Sport Turismo is an interesting idea, and I reckon it looks great, too. Watch the video and make up your own mind.   Here’s what Porsche has to say about the Panamera Sport Turismo, 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 […]

Becker Grand Prix – the best Porsche radio

The Becker Grand Prix is the ideal radio upgrade for a Porsche 911 from the 1980s onwards. This is because for many years Porsches used Becker for its factory-installed radios (often with Porsche branding) and the simple black-faced units look just right in a Porsche 911 dashboard. Also, they are so easy to use, with a simple set of buttons to control the various functions, and some have Bluetooth connectivity for your phone and, again, this is refreshingly easy to set up. So many otherwise great Porsches are spoiled by having an unsuitable aftermarket head-unit with an array of flashing […]

A brace of Porsche 993 Carreras!

We have three Porsche 993 Carreras in stock right now. We’ve just taken a deposit on one, which leaves this near-matching pair still for sale. Finished in Midnight Blue Metallic with grey leather interiors, they are both lovely examples of this sought-after last of the aircooled Porsche 911. The perfect his-and-her Christmas presents? 🙂 OK, maybe you just want to buy one; either would make a lovely present to yourself. The Porsche 993 is the ideal 911 in many ways; the result of 30 years aircooled development, Porsche really did get everything right with the 993, a car without any […]