Philip Raby Porsche

Porsche Sales and Service


Porsche 964 Anniversary wanted

We have a customer looking for a Porsche 964 Anniversary. It’s a sad story – he had an Anniversary that he loved but it got written off in an accident. The problem is, just 42 right-hand drive examples came to the UK when the car was produced in 1993, to  celebrate 30 years of the Porsche 911. We know of one other car that’s been written off and at least two that have gone overseas, and inevitably others will have been lost over the years. Indeed, we suspect that there are less than 30 964 Anniversaries left in the UK. […]

Is this my favourite Porsche 911?

I’m often asked what my favourite Porsche is, and it’s a question I struggle to answer, as it changes from day to day. I usually say, it’s the last one I’ve driven as, invariably, I enjoy the car enough to want to buy it! However, for some time, I’ve had one car sitting in stock that I keep coming back to. It’s a car that, for some reason, took far too long to sell, yet I love it. It was a Porsche 964 Carrera 4 that had been turned into a Carrera RS lookalike. It wasn’t an exact replica, neither […]

Porsche 964 vs Cayman R – full video

Last year, I spent a couple of weeks with a television production company helping with a show comparing a modified Porsche 964 Carrera 4 with a modern Cayman R. At long last, the finished show is available, and contains stunning footage shot on the Isle of Skye and London’s Docklands. Dressed in black with black sunglasses, my job was to be the anonymous ‘other’ driver in the car not being used by the presenter. Whizzing around closed roads on the Isle of Skye was a lot of fun and it’s amazing that so many days’ filming has been condensed into […]

Driver X – Porsche 964 Carrera 4 vs Porsche Cayman R

In the summer of 2013, I spent a great couple of weeks with a television production company driving a 964 Carrera 4 and a Cayman R, on the Isle of Skye and London’s Docklands. Here’s a trailer of the finished show, called Driver X. More will be revealed soon!  

Rising classic Porsche prices

The fact that a Porsche 964 Carrera 2 RS (above) sold for a record-breaking £215,000 at auction recently has been big news that has caused shockwaves around the Porsche world. That’s big money, even for a super-low-mileage RS, and will undoubtedly have a positive effect on prices of other 964s and, indeed, in classic Porsches in general. We’ve seen noticeable increases in air-cooled 911 prices over the last year and, in turn, increased demand for good examples. 993s, in particular, get snapped up very quickly, with people almost fighting over them. We had the same thing with a trio of 964 […]

The mystery of Porsche part prices

I’ve had conversations with two Porsche owners recently which shows how random Porsche’s part pricing can appear. First, there’s the gentleman with an 993 Carrera RS. He wanted to tidy up his car’s engine bay (below) and thought he’d have the cooling fan powder coated. This is a popular job people do as the alloy fan invariably corrodes and distracts from the engine’s appearance. One the off chance, however, the owner enquired as to the price of a new fan at his local Porsche Centre and was pleasantly surprised to find it was £130 including a new bearing. We both […]

Changing the colour of a Porsche 964 Carrera 2

Last summer, I handled the sale of a very special Porsche 964 Carrera 2 belonging to John and Paula Boggiano. It’s a car they’d owned twice over many years and lavished much time and money on it, to ensure it was one of the best 964s Carrera 2s around, and it was featured in several magazine features.. Despite it being a much-loved Porsche, the couple decided to sell the Guards Red 964 to make way for a brand-new Boxster, which is why it came to me. It didn’t take long to find a buyer for such a special 964 Carrera […]

Porsche 911 steering wheels

The steering wheel is the interface between driver and vehicle so it has to feel just right. But what is the correct steering wheel for a Porsche 911? Back in the early 1990s, Porsche wanted to know what made a Porsche feel like, well, a Porsche. To find out, the company tasked engineer and test driver Peter Falk with defining exactly what ‘Porscheness’ was. After much research and head-scratching Falk came up with a 20-page report that could be summed up in one word – agility. He explained that Porsches  should have  two types of agility – direct and indirect. The […]

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 […]

The cost of running a Porsche 964

I’ve just had an email from a customer who’s gone through his Porsche 964’s 20 years’ worth of history and come up with the following breakdown of costs: Total spend inc VAT: £48,847 (excluding tax, insurance, fuel etc) Total parts spend exc VAT: £25,261 Total labour spend exc VAT: £18,475 Average spend / year: £2035 Most expensive year: £7,617 (2009, almost entirely engine rebuild) Cheapest year: £503 (1991, exc 1989 and 1990 at zero spend) Front tyres replaced: 9 Rear tyres replaced: 8 Front brake pads replaced: 10 Rear brake pads replaced: 8 Front discs replaced: 4 Rear discs replaced: […]