Philip Raby Porsche

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Early Porsche 911s in Octane magazine

The May 2014 issue of Octane magazine has a major feature on pre-1973 Porsche 911s, running over 12 pages. It includes a drive of a 1964 Porsche 911, plus an overview of all pre -1973 models written by me. With classic Porsche 911 prices soaring, there’s strong interest in these pre-1973 models, so this article is very timely.  

Why Porsches are good for the environment

I’m not convinced by the global warming argument. It seems that the goalposts move according to the current weather. When I was a boy, the thinking was that we were heading into another ice age. In recent years, we’ve been told to expect the UK to have a Mediterranean climate, wet summers, dry summers, cool summers, cold winters, warm wet winters, and so on, with the latest predictions conveniently based on the previous 12 months’ weather. Regardless of all that, though, I do believe that we should be responsible with our car use and not waste resources. So is a […]

Why buying a Porsche will save you money

A customer popped in the other day and, chatting over a coffee, we both agreed the futility of buying brand-new ‘ordinary’ cars. He’s owned his 1980s Porsche 911 for seven years and, in that time, it had gone up in value by a modest amount, while running costs had been low, too. When he comes to sell it, he’ll not only have not lost any money, he’ll have made a small profit. More importantly, though, he will have seven years’ of happy memories of Porsche ownership. That has to be a good deal. If, on the other hand, he’d bought, […]

A brand new Porsche 996 Carrera 4S!

A friend in the USA just sent me a link to this advert for a Porsche 996 Carrera 4S The first thing that struck me was that it is odd to see an Official Porsche Centre (Center?) selling a 10-year-old car, and then I spotted the mileage. This 996 Carrera 4S has just 1224 miles on the clock! In effect, then, it’s as good as new. The asking price is $54,000 which equates to £34,000. Now, that’s a lot of money for a 996 Carrera 4S but it’s less than half the price of a brand-new Porsche 911. Look at […]

Is this the next Porsche 911 Targa?

Once again, photos are floating around the internet of what is claimed to be the next Porsche 911 Targa. The images show a roof based on the styling of the original Porsche 911 Targa with a prominent rollbar. The old Targa had a lift out roof panel which folded up and could be stored in the boot. However, I can’t believe that 21st century Porsche buyers would want that, so there must be more user-friendly solution. But what? Is the roof a glass panel that slides back under the rear window as per the last-generation Targa? Or is it a […]

Open top Porsches

The UK has been basking in one of the best summers for years and it’s ideal weather for open-top Porsches. With Porsches, you have a choice of wind-in-the-hair cars: 911 Cabriolet For the full open-top experience, it has to be a Cabriolet with a folding roof, such as this 997 Carrera S. With a fully electric roof, that opens and closes in seconds, this is pure luxury.   911 Targa, early The 911 Targa is a clever concept. Up until 1993, the Targa had a lift-out roof panel which folded up and stored in the boot. With a distinctive roofline […]

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 […]

Porsche 911SC – the perfect classic 911

We’ve just got a lovely Porsche 911SC in stock which reminds me very much of my first ever Porsche 911, which was an SC. This car is Zinc Metallic, whereas mine was Champagne Metallic, but they’re similar shades. This one has a superbly original and striking Pascha interior while mine had a scruffy Berber. Those things aside, though, the car we have now is quite similar in appearance to mine, which I have fond memories of; some of you may remember me running it as a project car in 911 & Porsche World magazine. I’ve always had a soft spot […]

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, […]

Christophorus celebrates 50 years of the Porsche 911

I’ve just been flicking through the latest copy of Christophorus, Porsche’s own loyalty magazine. the issue is dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the Porsche 911 and, as such, contains some stunning images of 911s old and new. Sadly, as ever, the text is translated from German and doesn’t make for a great read but it’s worth having just for the photos. Of particular note is a foldout illustrating 50 different Porsche 911s. Apparently, a poster version of this will be available at the Porsche museum from March.