Philip Raby Porsche

Porsche Sales and Service

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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 […]

What price a classic Carrera?

I had an email the other day from someone who’d spotted a 1974 2.7 Carrera coming up for auction with a guide price of £18,000. My initial reaction was that this sounded cheap and gave him the usual caveats about rust and so on. Buying a supposed bargain can end up costing you dearly if the bodywork needs attention because of corrosion – and many 911s of this age do need at least some rust sorting out. I suggested he got someone local to check the car out beforehand, which he did, and the inspection concluded that the car needed […]

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