Philip Raby Porsche

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A Porsche’s previous owner has been in touch

I was pleasantly surprised to receive a message from a previous owner of this Porsche 911 that we are selling. He’d spotted an advert for the car while browsing the internet. It’s rare to hear from past owners of Porsches but when I do, they invariably have fond memories of the car. This person, who had the Porsche in the early 2000s, was no exception: “It was a super-reliable Porsche and surprisingly economical. We have very happy memories of touring holidays in France. I have a photo of my son stood in front of it by the Loire.” The Porsche […]

Filming a Porsche 993 Carrera S

My 15 year old son, Jonny, wants to be film-maker when he finishes in education and he’s showing great promise already. At the weekend, he came out with me into the South Downs to film this Porsche 993 Carrera S that we have in stock. Armed with a DSLR camera and his DJI Phantom 3 drone, he was in control of the shoot, while I was charged with the tough job of driving the Porsche. Not a bad way for a father and son to spend an afternoon! He then spent the evening in front of his Mac editing the […]

Three very different four-wheel-drive Porsches

Looking through our stock, it occurred to me that Porsche has produced some very diverse cars over the years, and we have three examples that illustrate this very well. Click the links in the text below to see more information on each car. First up is a 1996 993 Carrera 4S. A lovely looking 911 that boasts wide Turbo bodywork and, as the name suggests, four-wheel-drive. Traditionally, sports cars have been rear drive but having power going to all four wheels gives improved traction during hard acceleration and, of course, is useful in bad conditions. Crucially, though, most of the […]

Why the Porsche Cayman is so good

We’ve had several Porsche Caymans in stock recently and it’s been great getting reacquainted with such a great car. The Cayman was introduced in 2006 and was essentially a Boxster with a fixed roof and hatchback. However, to describe it like that would be to do the Cayman an injustice. The stiffer bodyshell created by the steel roof meant that Porsche could endow the coupe with stiffer suspension settings to make the Cayman a better-handling car. It was initially offered in two guises. First on the market was the S which was powered by a mid-mounted 3.4-litre, flat-six boxer engine […]

Porsche autumn sale

We pride ourselves on offering great Porsches at fair prices, so we’re not in the habit of offering reductions. However, we have new stock coming in over the next couple of weeks so we need to make space, so we’ve reduced the prices of the following cars for a limited period. Please click the links for more details. Porsche 964 Carrera 2 Targa £20,995 (was £21,995) Porsche 964 Carrera 2 Cabriolet Turbo Look £39,995 (was £44,995) Porsche 997 Carrera S £27,995 (was £28,995) Porsche Boxster 987 £26,995 (was £29,995) Audi A6 3.0 BiTDI Quattro 313 Black Edition £45,495 (was £47.995) Alfa […]

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 […]

Porsche 964s are in demand!

We’ve just sold two Porsche 964s this week and have people queuing up to buy good ones. For years, the Porsche 964 was the underdog of the 911 world, always living in the shadow its successor, the ever-popular 993. Now, though, people are beginning to appreciate the Porsche 964 for what it is – the perfect combination of classic Porsche 911 looks with modern technology. It was the first 911 to feature power steering, ABS brakes and, in the case of the Carrera 4, four-wheel drive.  Yet it retains the traditional Porsche 911 upright headlamps and prominent front wings that […]

The economy’s on the up, so now’s the time to buy a Porsche!

I’ve just returned from a great family holiday in Paris. On our return to England, through Eurotunnel, we turned on the car radio to hear the news that the UK economy is growing and consumer confidence is strengthening. Just as we heard this news, we passed a transporter loaded with brand new Porsches, everything from 911s to Cayennes, no doubt on its way to Porsche Cars GB at Reading. My wife managed to grab this photo through the car window with her iPhone. Some lucky new owners will be taking delivery of the Porsches very soon, no doubt. However the […]

Porsche Boxster 2.7 vs 3.2

With the lovely summer weather we’ve been having in England, it’s nice to have a brace of 987  Boxsters in stock. One is a 3.2-litre Boxster S, which we sold before it hit the website, the other this very smart 2.7 Boxster. I was a bit apprehensive getting into the smaller-engined Boxster after driving the more powerful S. However, I needn’t have worried. Sure, the 2.7 does not have as much power but it certainly doesn’t feel underpowered (it produces 240bhp, after all) and remains a joy to drive. Of course, open-top sports cars are about more than outright performance […]

Porsche 996 in GT Porsche magazine

I’m becoming more and more of a fan of the Porsche 996, one of the most underrated 911s today. Find a good, well-maintained example and it’s a joy to drive with all the characteristics you’d expect of a true Porsche 911. I’ve explained why the Porsche 996 is a great 911 in an article in the current issue of GT Porsche magazine, so do please pick up a copy to read my thoughts. It’s also got a great feature on the new Porsche 991 GT3 and a first drive of the new Cayman, so well worth getting. In the meantime, […]