Philip Raby Porsche

Porsche Sales and Service

Carrera 2

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 […]

Switching from left to right

A 993 for under £15,000 is unusual so an advert for the car above caught my attention. Prices of 993s, perhaps more than for any other 911, are very sensitive to mileage – buyers want low-mileage examples and very high mileage cars are worth less. Therefore, my first thought was that this must be a high mileage car, and I was right – 143,000. Now, 993s are tough cookies and, if one has been well looked after, there’s no reason to be scared of big miles and it can be a great way of getting a cheap Porsche. However, this car has […]

Do try to be original!

Here’s a car I spotted for sale that bothers me. It’s actually a 1987 3.2 Carrera, but you’d never guess it. It’s been ‘updated’ with 964 bumpers and rear spoiler plus an aftermarket front spoiler. Inside, it looks as if someone got a Halfords gift voucher for Christmas and spent it all on the poor old 911. OK, someone must like it to have done that (or maybe they don’t, which is why they’re selling the car now) but I’d much rather see an original 3.2 Carrera. And I’m not the only one. Increasingly, buyers of older 911s are looking […]

Porsches wanted!

One of the services I offer, is selling Porsches – and other interesting cars – on behalf of the owners. Many people don’t want the hassle of dealing with potential buyers. People like to buy cars from me, because I’m an enthusiast not a car dealer. I sell from my home (the cars are kept in a secure garage, and buyers like to chat Porsches over a coffee and I’m aways happy to offer advice. I’ve sold several cars to delighted new owners recently and am keen to get more stock. I’ve people asking for everything from a humble 996 […]

997 at Reims video

OK, here’s a shameless cross-promotion for Total 911 magazine. It’s a video of stills and movies of a trip we did from Brooklands to Reims racetracks. You can read the full story in the new issue of Total 911

‘Facelift’ 996 for £11,500!

Ok, so it’s not really a facelift 3.6-litre 996 but rather an early 3.4-litre car that’s had the later headlights fitted. Even so, it’s still cheap so let’s find out why. Here are the reasons: 1, Mileage. Take a deep breath – 153,401 and counting. The advert says it’s just had an engine-out service at high cost, but I’d want to know more about that. Engine aside, at that mileage, other things will be wearing, such as suspension, transmission and so on. 2, Transmission – it’s a Tiptronic and these always sell for less than manual 996s. 3, Age – […]

Limited options

One of the fun features of the official Porsche site is the ‘Build your own Porsche’ section. Here, you choose the colour and specification of your perfect Porsche – and there are a huge amount of options available. I mean, how could you manage without a leather-covered rear-view mirror? People talk about cars needing the ‘right’ options so that will sell on the second-hand market and they have a point – a well specced car will shift quicker than a more basic one. There are some options which are regarded as essential – 18-inch wheels on a 996 in favour […]

GT3 lookalike looks like good value

There’s nothing unusual about early 996s for around £16,000 but you have to tread carefully – some are less than perfect. This car on Pistonheads, though, stands out from the crowd. The GT2 bodykit is something you’ll either love or hate but the big news is the fact it’s had a new engine just 11,000 miles ago. This should have been an updated 3.4 unit with the occasional problems associated with the early cars ironed out. Great peace of mind for a buyer. The service history looks good, too, and the advert’s been sensibly worded. Of course, you can’t judge […]

Is the 964 the next big thing?

Anyone who knows me will know I’m a big fan of the 964-series 911 made from 1989 to 1993. It’s a Porsche that’s had a tough life. In the early days, the engines leaked oil on a regular basis and, although Porsche quickly modified them to solve the problem, the damage was done, and the 964 had a reputation for being troublesome. And then along came the 993, which had no reliability issues and, for many people, was better looking with its sexy curves. The 964 was to always live in the 993’s shadow and, as such, has been cheaper […]

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