Philip Raby Porsche

Porsche Sales and Service


The truth behind the Porsche 924’s VW connection

The 924 has often been criticised for being a Volkswagen in drag. That’s not strictly, true, though. It’s rather more complex than that… Codenamed EA425, it was originally a joint project between Porsche and Volkswagen, under the snappily titled umbrella company VW-Porsche Vertriebsgesellschaft which had the remit to build affordable VW-based sports cars and had been loosely responsible for the 914. The plan for the 924 was to make a more practical, more profitable and more widely appealing car than the 914. To tick those books, the designers raided VW’s parts bin and ended up with a front-engined coupe with […]

Porsche 924 Turbo

This piece was originally written for GT Porsche magazine. My ears pricked up when the editor asked me to write a column on 924 Turbo values. As a teenager, my family had a yacht on the River Hamble and there was usually a shiny two-tone silver and grey Turbo parked at the marina – it belonged to the owner of a company there – and I always drooled over its multispoke wheels, NACA duct in the bonnet and wild Pasha checked interior. As a spotty 15 year old, the Porsche was to me the epitome of cool and success, and […]

Porsche 968 Club Sport in Classic Cars magazine

A couple of months back, I spent a very wet day at Chobham circuit with the crew from Classic Cars magazine. They asked me to let them use a Porsche 968 Club Sport that we had in stock, for a feature on undervalued classics to invest in during 2014. The article, written by ex-Top Gear presenter Quentin Willson, is in the May 2014 issue, and I’m pleased to say that the 968 Club Sport is crowned the winner by Mr Wilson. It’s just a shame he refers to it as a ‘Porker’. 🙂 We’ve now sold that particular 968 Club […]

Porsche 924S, a forgotten classic

I was at a photoshoot for GT Porsche magazine yesterday, with a group of Porsche Boxsters and Caymans. All great cars, but one that stood out for me wasn’t actually part of our shoot but rather another one that was taking place at the same time. And the car was a 1986 Porsche 924S, which also created a lot of interest from the Boxster and Cayman owners. My first Porsche was a 924 so it brought back happy memories. The 924 was Porsche’s entry-level car, launched in 1976 with a 2.0-litre engine. With its neat hatchback styling it was a […]