Philip Raby Porsche

Porsche Sales and Service

3.2 CArrera

A Porsche 911 is a great touring car

People often grumble that the latest Porsche 911s have become more grand-tourers than sports cars – a sentiment I can sympathise with but one which suggests that older 911s aren’t good for long distances. They are! Although the Porsche 911 is usually praised for its handling prowess, it has actually aways been a great car for long journeys. It’s big torquey flat-six engine makes for effortless high-speed cruising, while its seats are eminently comfortable. Even so, I have to confess that I baulked at the thought of driving a 30-year-old 3.2 Carrera from Chichester to Scotland earlier this week – […]

The joys of a Porsche 911 with a 915 gearbox

Read almost any buyers’ guide for the Porsche 911 3.2 Carrera and you’ll be told to choose a car with the later G50 gearbox over the 915 unit that was fitted in earlier 3.2s and previous 911s. It’s understandable advice because many 915 gearboxes are, for want of a better word, knackered and not much fun to use. This is because they do have a different action to other gear changes and you need to ease the lever from one ratio to another, especially when the gear oil hasn’t warmed up. Force a change and you’ll damage the synchromesh and […]

Can you buy a Porsche 911 for £10,000?

I’ve just been asked this question. My immediate reaction was to say no. Or rather, yes but be prepared for trouble. The big killer with cheap older 911s (and expensive ones for that matter) is rust. What looks like a few bubbles on the paintwork can turn out to be very pricey to rectify, especially if the sills and B posts are affected, while one front wing is about £800 to replace (don’t even think about filler). However, if you go in with your eyes wide open, there’s no reason why you can’t have a bit of fun with a […]

Auction sales – bargains or risks?

I’m not keen on buying Porsches at auctions. I’d much rather deal with an individual – private or dealer – who knows the car and can let me test drive it. I looked at a 911 Cabriolet at auction recently that was particularly disappointing. It was advertised as a 1985 3.0-litre 911 which immediately puzzled me – at that age, it should be 3.2-litres. When I saw the car, it didn’t take long to realise that it was, in fact, a 911SC – the rear badging and the engine were giveaways. A flick through the documentation showed that it was […]