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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 996 Turbo first drive

A look back at Philip Raby’s first drive in a Porsche 996 Turbo, back in 2004.  If you asked your Mr Spocks and Hal 9000s what the best car in the world was, they’d come up with something sensible like a diesel-powered Vauxhall Zafira. A vehicle that would stolidly go about its business of transporting yourself, your family and stacks of cargo from A to B; cheaply and reliably. It would, in short, do everything a car needs to do in a very efficient manner. These logisticians would be wrong, of course; motoring should be about passion, not practicality. The […]

10 things we love about the Porsche 996

The Porsche 996 was a radical car when it was unveiled in 1998 because it was a complete reimagination of the iconic 911. It was the first time that the 911 had had a total redesign, complete with new bodyshell and new engine. Larger, more practical and more modern, the 996 prepared the legendary Porsche for life in the 21st century. In the nearly 20 years since, the Porsche 996 has been loved and hated in equal measures. As the years go on, though, the haters are falling away and the 996 is becoming appreciated for what it is – […]

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 […]

New Porsche 991 GT3 announced

Since the Porsche 911 first went on sale over 50 years ago, the iconic coupe has been popular among driving enthusiasts and race fans seeking a road car inspired by circuit success. In turn, the 911 GT3 takes these proven, race-bred Porsche genes and further intensifies the dynamic link from the street to the track. In developing the new generation 911 GT3 that is unveiled today (7 March 2017) at the Geneva Show in Switzerland, the Porsche Motorsport engineers in Weissach, Germany, have raised the standard once again to deliver the latest expression of the Porsche philosophy of track to […]

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 […]

How to use climate control

Since the advent of the Porsche 996 in the late 1990s, modern Porsches have had climate control. However, even today, many people don’t understand how to use it properly. There’s a clue in the name – climate control. The system controls the temperature in the car for you. Sensors measure the cabin air and adjust the heat, fans and air-conditioning to ensure that you are comfortably cosseted. I set my climate control to 20 degrees Celsius and that’s comfortable for me, although some people will want it slightly higher or lower, but somewhere around that ballpark figure is good. The […]

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 […]

Ian Raby – racing driver

Someone popped in this morning asking if I was related to Ian Raby. I’m not but he do know he was a racing driver in the 1950s and 1960s. Ian Raby was born in Woolwich and became a car dealer in Brighton. He began racing in 500cc Formula 3 in the 1950s, initially with a self-built car he called ‘Puddle Jumper’ (because of its low ground-clearance), and later in Coopers. He then switched to sportscars for a while and drove with Jack Brabham in the 1957 Le Mans 24 Hour race before returning to single-seater racing. At the start of […]

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. […]

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