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Is this my favourite Porsche 911?

I’m often asked what my favourite Porsche is, and it’s a question I struggle to answer, as it changes from day to day. I usually say, it’s the last one I’ve driven as, invariably, I enjoy the car enough to want to buy it! However, for some time, I’ve had one car sitting in stock that I keep coming back to. It’s a car that, for some reason, took far too long to sell, yet I love it. It was a Porsche 964 Carrera 4 that had been turned into a Carrera RS lookalike. It wasn’t an exact replica, neither […]

Should you buy a celebrity’s car?

Every now and then, a Porsche comes on the market which has been owned by a celebrity and, as such, is priced at a premium. For instance, a couple of years ago David Beckham’s rather nice Porsche 993 Carrera S (above) came on the market and sold for more than one would expect such a 993 to be worth, simply because it was linked to the famous footballer. Beckham’s obviously a man with good taste, incidentally, because he has since but a 1969 911S in Slate Grey, like the famous Steve McQueen car featured in the film Le Mans. Speaking […]

Why classic Porsches remain a safe buy

Just last week a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta sold for  $38.1-million (about £22-million) which is a record for a car sold at auction. Great news and proof, should it be needed, that the classic car market remains buoyant. However, some doomsayers are claiming that this remarkable sale price is proof that the classic car market is about to burst. Why? Because leading up to the auction some people were claiming that the Ferrari would sell for as much as £60-million. Strange logic in my book… The current strong market in classic cars is often compared to that of the […]

Porsche is third-best car dealer

Official Porsche Centres comes third from top in a survey of car dealers commissioned by Auto Express magazine. An excellent result and an improvement from last year. “Perfect and professional,” was one owner’s verdict. Another said: “Very happy with my dealer. They are willing to discuss all options to minimise costs.” However, one person complained of “an expensive hard-nosed commercial undertone” to his experience. The survey was topped by Lexus (a brand that, for me, has been forever tainted by Alan Partridge!) while Honda took second place. At the bottom of the league, in 32nd place, came Seat with Volkswagen just above. We can’t […]

Porsche 911 Turbo wheel wall clock

Just received an email from our local Porsche Centre promoting its latest product. It’s a wall clock made from a 20-inch Porsche 911 Turbo wheel and comes from the Porsche Driver’s Selection Masterpieces collection, which re-engineers parts from cars in this way. I like it a lot and, if you do too, it’s yours for £1200. Alternatively, it did occur to me that it wouldn’t be too hard to create a similar item using a second-hand wheel and a readily available electric clock mechanism…