Philip Raby Porsche

Porsche Sales and Service

Cabriolet

Porsche 944 S2 Cabriolet revisited

When I was fresh-faced and new to  motoring journalism, the first press car from Porsche I ever drove was a red 944 S2 Cabriolet, with the numberplate “The 944S”. I took a series of photos of the car for a Crowood Press book and one of the shots featured on the front cover (see below). At the time, I felt like royalty, cruising around in the brand-new Porsche 944 S2 Cabriolet, with the roof down. That was over 20 years ago, though, and I’ve since driven countless other Porsches, both newer and older than the 944 but I’m not sure […]

Open top Porsches

The UK has been basking in one of the best summers for years and it’s ideal weather for open-top Porsches. With Porsches, you have a choice of wind-in-the-hair cars: 911 Cabriolet For the full open-top experience, it has to be a Cabriolet with a folding roof, such as this 997 Carrera S. With a fully electric roof, that opens and closes in seconds, this is pure luxury.   911 Targa, early The 911 Targa is a clever concept. Up until 1993, the Targa had a lift-out roof panel which folded up and stored in the boot. With a distinctive roofline […]

Modified Porsche 993 is surprisingly good

Now, I’ve driven some modified Porsches over the years that have been, well, rather disappointing. Sometimes, messing around with a car can spoilt what was previously a perfectly good car. However, today I had a long drive in a 993 Cabriolet that was owned by the director of top exhaust specialist Hayward and Scott, so it’s fair to say he knows a thing or two about making an engine breath better. He’s done some gentle work on the car’s engine that gives  a modest power boost to 297bhp and made the engine feel freer revving and more willing. It’s good. […]

What’s a fake Porsche 997 worth?

I often get contacted by insurance engineers wanting to value Porsches for claims, and the other day one rang up with an intriguing predicament. He’d been asked to value a Porsche that had been involved in an accident and which the owner claimed was worth £25,000 – the engineer didn’t think it was. The car in question was a 1999 Porsche 996 Cabriolet with 90,000 miles and had already been recorded as Cat D. OK then, depending on condition that’s probably a £8000 to £10,000 car. However – and this where it gets interesting – the car had been updated […]

Porsche 997 Carrera 3.6 engine is a peach

I’ve just been driving a 2005 Porsche 997 Carrera Cabriolet. I’d forgotten just how sweet the 3.6-litre 997 engine is. It’s a beautifully free-revving unit that embodies all that is great and fun about 911 engines. Indeed, I prefer it to the 3.8-litre Carrera S engine; sure it’s more powerful but it just doesn’t feel as eager. This is great news for buyers, as most people are brainwashed into wanting a Carrera S, which makes the standard Carrera better value for money. Less outlay for more fun – that’s a win-win in my book.

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