Philip Raby Porsche

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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 […]

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 […]

Porsche Boxster Spyder RS60

  I’ve just had a call from someone asking if a Porsche Boxster Spyder RS60 would be a good used buy. Based on the Boxster S of its day, the 2008 limited edition Spyder RS60 echoed the style of the Porsche 718 RS60 Spyder racecar from 1960. Visually, it was distinguished by a unique front spoiler, 19-inch SportDesign wheels, GT Silver Metallic paintwork, and a red or black hood. Inside, the RS60 had Carrera Red leather (or Dark Grey with the black roof) with a unique texture on the seat centres, door linings, steering wheel and handbrake lever, plus ‘RS60’ sill […]

Customer service is everything

Here at Philip Raby Porsche we like to look after our customers well. We may not have a flashy glass and tiled showroom (although we do make a mean cup of coffee and have some tasty biscuits), but we do offer really good service. All our Porsches (and other cars) are put through a thorough mechanical inspection by Porsche service specialist AW Motor Sport, which is conveniently situated next door. Any faults they find are rectified before sale (unless they are age-related and not fixable, in which case we make the buyer aware). We also put a full 12-month MoT […]

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 […]

Using an older Porsche as an everyday car

I often get people asking me if they can use an older Porsche as an everyday car. Before answering yes or no, I chat with the person to see how they will be using the Porsche and what their expectations are. If you’re used to a typical modern car, such as a VW Golf, then you’ll have been spoiled with power-assisted just about everything – steering, brakes, clutch – plus easy gearshifts, lots of safety equipment (airbags, ABS, traction control) and comforts such as climate control and sat-nav. It can, then, be a shock to leave all that behind and […]

Porsches have got cheaper over the years

Take a look at this Fact File page from a 1990 issue of 911 & Porsche World magazine. Back then, Porsche offered just three model ranges – the 944, 911 (in 964 guise) and 928. Today, there are six, which many more options within each range. What is more striking, though, are the prices of the cars. The entry-level model was the 944 and that starts at £34,641.55, which according to this calculator equates to almost £78,000 in today’s money. Compare that to a 2016 718 Cayman, the current entry-level Porsche, which comes in at under £40,000. A veritable bargain. […]

There’s a new Porsche 718 Boxster but don’t forget the original

Today, Porsche unveiled its next generation Boxster, and what a departure it is! First, the car’s got a new badge – 718. Previously, Boxsters were badged just that – Boxster – with the model number something that Porsche nerds used to differentiate the different versions. Now, though, the car proudly wears its number, leaving the ‘Boxster’ badge as a suffix. It’s a return to the days of Porsches being given numbers – 356, 911, 944, 928 and so on. Having a name and a number seems a little confusing, although Porsche does point out that there is also the 911 […]

Back to the Future in a DeLorean or a Porsche?

Marty: “Wait a minute. Wait a minute. Doc, uh… Are you telling me that you built a time machine… out of a DeLorean?” Doc: “Yes, the way I see it, if you’re gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style? Besides, the stainless steel construction makes the flux dispersal… look out!” Today, 21st October 2015, is the point in the future that Marty McFly travelled to from 1985 in his time-travelling DeLorean, in the film Back to the Future Part II. Back in 1985, the DeLorean DMC-12 certainly was a futuristic looking machine. […]