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Porsches wanted

Porsches are selling well here at Philip Raby Porsche and we have a database of buyers looking for great cars. In particular demand are all air-cooled 911s, with 964s and 993s being extremely sought after. Wide-bodied 964s and 993s are the most requested, but standard examples are also required. So if you are wanting to sell your Porsche, of whatever type, please get in touch. We can either broker the sale on your behalf, or buy the car directly from you, whatever works best for you. We always aim to get you the best price possible for your Porsche. You can […]

Porsche 944 S2 Cabriolet revisited

When I was fresh-faced and new to  motoring journalism, the first press car from Porsche I ever drove was a red 944 S2 Cabriolet, with the numberplate “The 944S”. I took a series of photos of the car for a Crowood Press book and one of the shots featured on the front cover (see below). At the time, I felt like royalty, cruising around in the brand-new Porsche 944 S2 Cabriolet, with the roof down. That was over 20 years ago, though, and I’ve since driven countless other Porsches, both newer and older than the 944 but I’m not sure […]

Farewell to the Cayenne

It’s not often I get emotional about selling Porsches, but I was quite sad to see this Cayenne go off to its new owners at the weekend. Unlike most of our stock, this car was bought by me for a specific purpose – to take on a skiing holiday with the kids; click here for the full story. It was a fun holiday and, over 1400 miles, we all fell in love with the Cayenne. It was comfortable and roomy, with great performance and handling. It’s practical without being dull. I don’t think there was anything I didn’t like about […]

Global Telemetrics SmarTrack tracking system

We recently had a Porsche fitted with a SmarTrack tracking device supplied by Global Telemetrics. To be honest, we picked the company simply because they could supply and fit the unit promptly and hadn’t had any previous dealings with them. I’ve just had a call from the car’s new owner, telling me how impressed he is with SmarTrack. He found them very helpful on the telephone when he had a query about the system, and he also likes the iPhone app that allows him to see where his car is at any time. We’ve no connection with Global Telemetrics but […]

Porsche Savannah leather interiors

I was chatting with a colleague yesterday about Porsches and he mentioned he was thinking of buying a 996. It sounded an interesting car but then he sheepishly told me that the car had a Savannah interior. For some reason this yellowish brown colour is disliked in Porsche circles, with some dealers refusing to stock cars so endowed because they don’t sell. I don’t subscribe to this view because people do like Savannah – after all someone must have specced the colour when the Porsches were new. Also, I rather like Savannah. Light, warm shades make a 911 cockpit feel […]

Porsche 924S, a forgotten classic

I was at a photoshoot for GT Porsche magazine yesterday, with a group of Porsche Boxsters and Caymans. All great cars, but one that stood out for me wasn’t actually part of our shoot but rather another one that was taking place at the same time. And the car was a 1986 Porsche 924S, which also created a lot of interest from the Boxster and Cayman owners. My first Porsche was a 924 so it brought back happy memories. The 924 was Porsche’s entry-level car, launched in 1976 with a 2.0-litre engine. With its neat hatchback styling it was a […]

GT Porsche, April 2014

I’ve just received the April 2014 issue of GT Porsche magazine and was delighted to see that two of our cars – a brace of Porsche 968 Club Sports – are on the cover. The yellow car has now sold but we still have the red one in stock; click here for details.  It’s another packed 164-page issue with lots of interesting features. In addition to the 968 Club Sport feature, there’s a piece on Special Vehicle Preparations’ lightweight Cayman SV conversion – a car I’d love to have a drive in. A thought that also applies to the 991 […]

Apple CarPlay – would you want it on your Porsche?

Apple has recently announced  CarPlay, an interface that allows you to control your iPhone via your car’s entertainment system. As will anything Apple does, it will undoubtedly be brilliant and a joy to use. At present, there are no plans for it to be offered on Porsches but, if there was, would you want it? Such technology is fantastic when it’s new but it will date quickly. Fact forward ten years and imagine buying a car with CarPlay installed. The chances are it won’t work with your iPhone 10GS. In will, in short, be obsolete technology. You can see this […]

Will there be a Porsche 991 Turbo Targa?

There are rumours flying around that Porsche will announce a 991 Turbo Targa very soon. Tim Hutton, a graphic designer friend, created this clever image of what a 991 Turbo Targa would look like, and graciously said I could share it here. Click here to see more of Tim’s work, much of which is car-related. It’s an intriguing idea and one that makes sense, as the Turbo Cabriolet has long been a popular choice for buyers, especially in the UK (obviously because of our sunny climate!). Also, the Targa and Cabriolet share parts so, in theory, it wouldn’t be a […]