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Should you buy a written-off Porsche?

Can’t afford the Porsche of your dreams? Well, with a bit of creative thinking, perhaps you can. How? By buying a damaged-repaired car – what is classified in the UK as a Cat C or D vehicle. Typically, such a car is worth as much as 35 percent less than list, once repaired. The other side of the argument, though, is that such write-offs should be avoided at all costs. As is often the case, though, there’s a lot of misinformation going around about written-off Porsches, so let’s put the record straight. Put simply, such a car has been damaged […]

Porsches win What Car? awards

We know that Porsches are great cars but it’s good to get confirmation. In the recent What Car? awards, Porsche did particularly well. The new 718 Cayman was named Best Sports Car, with the judges saying: “…with balletic handling and wonderfully accurate steering, it is the perfect recipe for having fun on the road. Put simply, the Cayman will make you want to get up early for a blast on a country road, plus it won’t get fractious on long motorway drives. The Porsche is cracking value for money.” In addition, the new Porsche 911 Carrera PDK scooped first place […]

Porsche 991 GTS

Porsche is expanding the 911 product line with new GTS models. From March 2017, a total of five variants will join the range: the 911 Carrera GTS with rear-wheel drive, the 911 Carrera 4 GTS with all-wheel drive – both of the above available as a Coupé and Cabriolet – and the 911 Targa 4 GTS with all-wheel drive. Newly-developed turbochargers for the 3.0-litre flat six-cylinder ‘boxer’ engine increase power to 450 hp (331 kW). The engine delivers 30 hp (22 kW) more than the 911 Carrera S and 20 hp (15 kW) more than the corresponding prior GTS model […]

Collecting my first Porsche 964 from Germany, back in 2002

I’ve just received a lovely email from a long-term reader, who said he remembers well a piece I wrote in 2002 for 911 & Porsche World magazine. It was about me travelling to Germany to buy a Porsche 964 Carrera 4 for myself. It was nice to be reminded of it, as it was a thoroughly exciting trip (in more ways than one!). Here’s the text of the article – bear in mind it was written 15 years ago (where has the time gone?) so prices and attitudes have changed. There’s something strangely addictive about 911 ownership. Colleagues have long […]

Taking a Porsche 997 back to my roots

I had a strange coincidence the other day. Someone on a Porsche Facebook page was asking for a Porsche 996 umbrella – one of those that fits in the slot in the passenger-side door sill. I replied, saying I had one and would happily give it to the person in exchange for a donation to the RNLI. My grandfather and great grandfather were lifeboatmen for Barrow Lifeboat, based on Roa Island, where my family lived for many years. And the strange thing was, the person I was giving the umbrella to, his family were also lifeboatmen who lived on Roa […]