Philip Raby Porsche

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Carrera 4S

A brand new Porsche 996 Carrera 4S!

A friend in the USA just sent me a link to this advert for a Porsche 996 Carrera 4S The first thing that struck me was that it is odd to see an Official Porsche Centre (Center?) selling a 10-year-old car, and then I spotted the mileage. This 996 Carrera 4S has just 1224 miles on the clock! In effect, then, it’s as good as new. The asking price is $54,000 which equates to £34,000. Now, that’s a lot of money for a 996 Carrera 4S but it’s less than half the price of a brand-new Porsche 911. Look at […]

Is a Porsche 991 £88,000 better than a 996 Carrera 4S?

A friend on Twitter has just posted that his dream Porsche 991 Carrera 4S would cost him a total of £110,000 if he bought it on finance. A full £12,000 of that is interest and the deal involves putting down a £10,000 deposit then paying off £2300 a month for  two years. It’s actually not a bad deal from a finance point of view, I guess, but only if you can afford to swallow the costs without a struggle. It got me thinking, though, you can get a Porsche 996 for the price of the deposit, although I’d recommend spending […]

Porsche 996 Carrera 4S – a classic 911 in the making

I don’t hold with the argument that the Porsche 996 is ugly although I can see why some people find it a bit bland-looking. However, the wide-bodied 996 Carrera 4S addresses that criticism fair and square – I think it’s one of the best-looking 911s and many others think so too. Built from 2001 to 2005,  the 996 Carrera 4S follows on from other wide-bodied 911s including the Carrera Turbo-Look of 1984, and included the 993 Carrera 4S. The Carrera 4S is essentially an all-wheel drive Carrera in in a 911 Turbo bodyshell, albeit without the  Turbo’s air intakes in […]

Porsche 996 is a great looking car – period

I strongly disagree with people who say the Porsche 996 doesn’t look good. Here’s a photo to prove it. I rest my case! 🙂 Please click here for more photos and information on this Porsche 996 Carrera 4S

Why a 996 Carrera 4S is a good choice

I had  a call yesterday from a chap wanting to buy his first 911 – a 996. As soon as he said his budget was around £23,000, I immediately thought ‘Carrera 4S’. A few moments later, he said he fancied a 4S but was concerned it may be too extreme for a first 911. Not at all. The Carrera 4S is basically a standard 996 enhanced with a wide Turbo bodyshell and Turbo brakes and suspension, plus a classic full-width rear reflector. To my eye, it’s the best-looking 996 of all (especially from the rear) and is lovely to drive […]

Porsche 993 Carrera S and Carrera 4S

I’m lucky enough to have two very special – and rare – Porsches in stock at the moment. A 1997 993 Carrera S and a 1998 993 Carrera 4S. Both boast the wide Turbo bodyshell and look simply wonderful. The S is Tiptronic and the 4S is manual. The key visual difference between the two cars is the engine lid – the Carrera S has a vertical divider down the middle of the vent. Which would you choose?

1998 Porsche 993 Carrera 4S is stunningly good!

Here’s a car I’ve just taken on. A Porsche 993 Carrera 4S that’s in astonishing condition. It really is faultless! The car was registered in February 1998 so I assumed it would have a 1997 build date but, no – the VIN shows that a 1998 manufacture date. That means it’s one of the last ever 993s (and air-cooled 911s) and a lovely looking car, with its Turbo bodyshell and Arctic Silver paintwork. Click here for full details and photos.    

Porsche 997 or 996 Carrera 4S

It’s a question I’m often asked – and ask myself: What’s the best buy, a Porsche 997 Carrera or a 996 Carrera 4S? You can pick up either for about the same money – under £25,000. It’s a tough one. The logical choice as to be 997, as it’s the newer and more modern Porsche with, everyone says, the better looks and better interior. And early 997s are getting very affordable, with high-mileage 2004 examples touching £20,000. However, I usually steer people away from super-low-priced Porsches – they’re cheap for a reason. It’s usually better to pay a bit more […]

Porsche 996 Carrera 4S – the front end

The other day, I posted a rear shot of a Porsche 996 Carrera 4S and suggested it was one of the best looking rears of any 911. The response (in various places) was mostly positive but one or two were less sure about the full-width rear reflector (I love it!). But does the 996 Carrera 4S work from other angles? Here are a couple of more photos I’ve dug out from the archives. Do leave your comments below.  

Porsche 996 Carrera 4S

I’ve just been searching through some of my old photos and stumbled upon this image of a Porsche 996 Carrera 4S. To me, it remains one of the best looking 911s ever when viewed from the rear. What do you reckon?