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 – […]
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 […]
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 […]
Here’s a treat of a car. I sourced this for a client five years ago (where do the years go). He’s now got two young children and never uses the car, so he’s asked me to sell it for him. It’s got a fully rebuilt engine – and I mean fully rebuilt not the usual top-end and has done less than 10,000 miles on the new engine. Take a look here at the full details and get in touch if you’re interested.
I took on a 3.2 Carrera to sell recently. When it arrived, the first thing I could see was that it needed was a jolly good clean, inside and out. Now, I’m not one of those people who will happily spend a weekend cleaning a car, life’s too short for that and, besides, I think an over-cleaned car can actually put buyers off. People would rather see a car in a ‘real’ condition rather than something so clean they’re afraid to touch it. Or maybe that’s just my excuse for not spending too long cleaning. The first thing with this […]