Philip Raby Porsche

Porsche Sales and Service


Old Porsche 911s rust

Old Porsche 911s rust – there’s no getting away from it. Actually, though, there is as some unscrupulous sellers go to great lengths to hide corroded bodywork under filler and paint. Then, six months after buying the car you start to see bubbles appearing in the paint. The problem can be expensive to rectify, especially if the rot is in the complex sill and door shut structures. Wings, front and rear, also rust and aren’t cheap to replace. I was in a bodyshop today and spotted an early 911S up on a ramp. Someone had paid £50,000 for it and […]

Porsche dog-leg gearbox

I have a 1970 Porsche 911T in stock right now (click here for details) and one of the enjoyable things about driving this car is its dog-leg five-speed gearbox. In other words, the shift pattern is such that first gear is out to the left and back. This means that you can quickly shift in a straight line from second to third and from fourth to fifth, and back again. It was a typical arrangement for racecars in the 1960s and 1970s. Today, it takes a few minutes to get used to but, once you do, a dog-leg configuration feels […]

Porsche 911 owner’s manual – old and new

I’ve just been comparing the owner’s manual for a 1970 Porsche 911T with that for a 2005 Porsche 997 Carrera. Two books designed to do the same job, but published 35 years apart. The format is exactly the same, but the 997 book contains 256 pages compared to the 911T’s 106 pages, and the older book is spiral bound instead of perfect bound. The content is broadly similar, as you’d expect, as the purpose it to instruct owners about the car’s features and controls. Of course, one of the reasons that the 997 manual is so much thicker is because […]