Philip Raby Porsche

Porsche Sales and Service


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 […]

Bugatti’s Head of Design and his Porsche 911

Here’s a great little video about, Achim Andscheidt, Bugatti’s Head of Design and his personal Porsche 911 project. It’s a backdated 911SC that’s been stripped out and fitted with Kevlar panels, to give an overall weight of just 820kg! Well worth watching.

Porsche 911SC and 911 Turbo engines

Here’s an interesting photo I found in my archives. It’s a press shot of a Porsche 911SC and 911 Turbo from 1976, showing each car with its respective engine. The turbocharger is clearly visible on the lower left side of the Turbo engine and, even back then, the engine was tightly packaged. Note that that Turbo is badged ‘Turbo Carrera’ which is how the car was marketed in the USA for a short period.

Preparing a Porsche 911 for sale

While most of the Porsche world has been fussing over the new Boxster (and very nice it is too), I’ve been concerned with older Porsches. I’ve just sold an interesting 911SC that’s been made to look like a 964 3.8RS – and a pretty convincing job it is from the outside (inside, there’s still a fully trimmed SC leather interior). When the buyer came to see it, a few little faults had made themselves apparent. So, naturally, these had to be sorted before he collects the car. First, the driver’s window wouldn’t work. Usually, this is down to mucky contacts […]

Porsche 964 3.8RS lookalike is a lot of fun

Some people get very sniffy about Porsche 911s that have modified, arguing that they should remain how they were when they left the factory. Well, that’s a fair point and there is something nice about a super-original Porsche, especially if it’s a rare model. However, I see nothing wrong with modifying relatively common and low-value Porsches. Here’s a case in point. It’s based on a 911SC – a great car but hardly a rarity – and has been lovingly turned into a convincing (from the outside at least) 964 Carrera 3.8RS lookalike. Now, the genuine RS is one of my […]

Can you afford a Porsche 911?

I was approached recently by someone wanting to buy his first ever Porsche 911. He didn’t know much about them but had looked around and decided that a 996 was the car for him. Perfect, until he told me his budget – £12,000. Sure, he could buy a Porsche 996 for that sort of figure, or even less. I’m not going to say that it would be rubbish at that price, as I’ve seen decent 996s for very little money, but it would be an early, high-mileage example, and perhaps a little scruffy around the edges. It would also be […]

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 […]

Buying a 1980 Porsche 911 Targa

I had a message from a lady in Ireland wanting advice on what to look for when buying a 1980 911 Targa, and could there be a problem with a car that’s been stored for 10 years? Here’s my reply: With any 911 of this age the big killer is rust – check carefully for rust on the front wings, rear wings and, most importantly, the sills, inner sills and door shuts (above). Rust can be very expensive to put right. Be wary of a car that’s just been repainted – it could be hiding rust. Targa roofs can be […]

Do try to be original!

Here’s a car I spotted for sale that bothers me. It’s actually a 1987 3.2 Carrera, but you’d never guess it. It’s been ‘updated’ with 964 bumpers and rear spoiler plus an aftermarket front spoiler. Inside, it looks as if someone got a Halfords gift voucher for Christmas and spent it all on the poor old 911. OK, someone must like it to have done that (or maybe they don’t, which is why they’re selling the car now) but I’d much rather see an original 3.2 Carrera. And I’m not the only one. Increasingly, buyers of older 911s are looking […]

Sportomatic is automatically rare

Spotted this ad on Autotrader. The ad doesn’t give much away but it does say it’s a Sportomatic. If so, then it’s a rare car. Sportomatic is often described as a semi-automatic gearbox, but that’s a bit misleading. It is, in fact, a manual gearbox with an automatic clutch. Microswitches at the base of the gearlever sense when you start to move the lever and automatically disengage the engine and gearbox to allow you to make a change. Which means you can’t drive along with your hand resting on the gearstick! Porsche introduced Sportomatic at a time when it didn’t […]