Philip Raby Porsche

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Recent Porsche features 

Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 video buyers’ guide

I recently had a visit from Jack, who runs the YouTube channel Number27. Jack’s previously done several video reviews on cars we’ve had in stock but this time he wanted to do something different; a buyers’ guide, with me giving advice on camera. The car he picked out was a lovely Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 and the two of us went around the car, and I pointed out areas to look out for. It was a learning curve for both of us, but we’re pleased with the result. More to follow!

Do you really want a Porsche barn find?

While barn finds may be few and far between, Philip Raby does rescue the odd Porsche that’s been sitting unloved in a garage. However, there are some that just aren’t worth getting involved with I tend to take reports of ‘barn finds’ with a pinch of salt, especially after hearing about a magazine faking a photoshoot of an abandoned Porsche, adding hay bales and detritus to the images to give the impression that the hapless car really had been uncovered in a farmer’s barn. It hadn’t. Let’s face it, most people are going to store cars in garages rather than […]

Book of the week

I’m delighted that my book, You Can Drive a Porsche, has been selected as Book of the Week by Bookworks. This short book explains how Porsche ownership can be surprisingly affordable. Please click here for full details of this nd my other books.

Releasing early Porsche 996 and Boxster boot releases when the battery is flat

One of the most popular features on this website is about accessing Porsche Boxster and 996 emergency bonnet releases, which you can find here. The emergency release allows you to access the luggage compartment where the battery is housed, which is useful if the battery has gone flat and the electrically operated releases aren’t functioning. If you have an early Porsche 996 or Boxster, you may be feeling smug reading this, because these cars have mechanical, rather than electrical, releases for the boot and engine compartment. There are two levers on the driver’s door sill which, when pulled, pop open […]

Porsche 924S vs Boxster video

Here’s a great video by Jack of motoring YouTube channel, Number 27, comparing two cars from our showroom – a 924S and an early Boxster. Two very affordable and fun entry-level Porsches. Find out which he prefers. You can get full details of these cars and all our stock by clicking here.

Porsche unveils the all-new 2018 Cayenne and Cayenne S

  Porsche is proud to introduce the third generation of the Cayenne, the sports car among sports utility vehicles. This latest edition of the successful all-wheel drive four door sports car from the Stuttgart marque is a completely new development, and combines typical Porsche performance with everyday versatility. Powerful turbocharged engines, a new eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic gearbox, new chassis systems and an innovative display and control concept with total connectivity combine to raise sport and comfort to a new level. At launch, there are two newly-developed six-cylinder petrol engines to choose from. The Cayenne is powered by a 340 […]

Why the original Porsche Boxster is a modern classic

It was back in 1993 that Porsche teased the world with an all-new concept car at the American International Auto Show. This cool mid-engined roadster was clearly influenced by the old 550 Spyder yet was very much a forward-thinking design. The car’s name – ‘Boxster’ – was written in tortoiseshell on its rear, and the interior featured exposed cooling fans which were extremely, er, cool. The public fell in love with the Boxster concept car so Porsche dutifully put it into production, with the first Boxsters going on sale in late 1996. The production Boxster was different to the prototype […]

Charity fundraising in a Porsche 964 Targa

A good customer of ours, Christopher Gavin, is driving his Porsche 964 Targa 2500 to the Alps and back to raise money for charity. Christopher is supporting Alie Tilley, an old friend and colleague, who sadly succumbed last year from Motor Neurone Disease (MND). Alie set up All About Alie in February 2016, three months before she died. Her mission was to do two main things: 1. Raise awareness of MND and what people can do to help. 2. Get action to fight against MND by raising money to fund stem cell research being conducted by Professor Talbot (Alie’s consultant). […]

Porsche 911 Turbo LE – a slant-nose without the slant-nose

The Porsche 911 Turbo LE of 1989 offers all the benefits of the SE but without the Slant-Nose styling. The 911 Turbo SE of the mid-1980s offered a useful 30bhp extra power over the 300bhp produced by the standard Turbo of the day. The problem, though, was that part of the Special Equipment (which SE stood for) included a Slant-Nose front end. Instead of the 911’s distinctive wings and round headlamps you got a wedge-shaped front with pop-up headlamps, which even then were getting somewhat passé. To put it into some sort of style perspective, the Triumph TR7 which was […]

How to buy a Porsche Boxster for £4000

  Summer is here and what could be better than cruising around in an open-top Porsche Boxster, with the roof down and the sun on your face? A new Boxster starts at around £45,000 which is great value for money if you have, well, the money; and let’s face it, you have to be reasonably well off to buy a brand-new Boxster. The great news is, though, you don’t have to spend anywhere near that much to enjoy top-down Porsche motoring. In fact, just about anyone can afford to drive a Boxster, because you can pick up a half-decent example […]