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A Carrara White Porsche 911 Carrera

Porsche does some confusing things sometimes. Once upon a time, if you choose a white Porsche the colour (yes, I know white isn’t strictly a colour) would be called Glacier White, which is easy to understand. Now, though, the white paint is called Carrara White, which looks like a misspelling of that famous Porsche badge Carrera. However, it’s actually named after a type of white Italian marble which comes from the town of Carrara. The Carrera name, on the other hand, comes from the Carrera Panamericana road race in Mexico, which Porsche had some success in back in the 1950s. […]

A brace of Porsche 993 Carreras!

We have three Porsche 993 Carreras in stock right now. We’ve just taken a deposit on one, which leaves this near-matching pair still for sale. Finished in Midnight Blue Metallic with grey leather interiors, they are both lovely examples of this sought-after last of the aircooled Porsche 911. The perfect his-and-her Christmas presents? 🙂 OK, maybe you just want to buy one; either would make a lovely present to yourself. The Porsche 993 is the ideal 911 in many ways; the result of 30 years aircooled development, Porsche really did get everything right with the 993, a car without any […]

Porsche 996 GT3 lookalike is better than expected

I don’t usually have time for Porsches that pretend to be something they’re not unless, perhaps, they have the power to match their looks. With this in mind, then, I approached this early 996 Carrera with some trepidation, as it had been made to look like a GT3. It was a more effective job than most GT3 wannabes, though. Not only did it have the full Aerokit body additions (front and rear spoilers, side skirts) the interior had been kitted out to match, with the correct bucket seats (but thankfully no harnesses), no rear seats, and colour-coded centre console and […]

Porsche Carrera 2.7RS spotted at Goodwood

I was passing by Goodwood this morning (it’s local to me) and, on a whim, decided to pop in. I’m glad I did, as I spotted this lovely Porsche Carrera 2.7RS in the paddock. Was it a real one? I didn’t have time to have a close look but I didn’t care – it was a lovely looking car!  

Top Gear drives the Porsche 996 Carrera on Pendine Sands

Here’s an interesting piece from Top Gear 2004. It a road test of the Porsche 996 Carrera alongside the BMW 645Ci and Jaguar XKR. Back then, of course, the 996 was a current model and it’s interesting to see how enthusiastic the presenters – Richard Hammand in particular – are about the Porsche. It just proves what I always say – the Porsche 996 is a great 911. Part of the video (it’s in two sections below) was made on Pendine Sands in Wales and it must surely rate as some of Top Gear’s best footage ever. It’s simply stunning. […]

Would an ultra-cheap Porsche 996 be any good?

There’s a 1998 Porsche 996 advertised on Pistonheads for just £8995. It’s got some tacky additions such as ‘carbonfibre’ rear spoiler and mirrors and an ‘RS’ badge on the back (no, really, it has) but that apart looks decent, with just two owners and 105,000 miles on the clock. In fact, without the additions it would probably be a £10,000 car, assuming there’s no hidden problems. Of course, as with anything in life, you get what you pay for and you wouldn’t expect a 996 at this price to be perfect. The main problem with many early 996s is that […]

Porsche 964 – the most wanted Porsche

Not too many years ago, the Porsche 964 was the unloved and unwanted 911. Not any more – people are desperate to find good examples and they’re hard to come by. There are many reasons the 964 is in demand. Here are some: 1, It’s a perfect mix of classic 911 lines with (relatively) modern technology and interior comfort (it’s got conventional heater controls, for a start). 2, It’s a rare car. During the recession of the early 1990s, when the 964 was current, Porsche struggled to sell cars and relatively few 964s were built from 1989 to 1992. The […]

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.

The secret to an affordable Porsche 993

Porsche 993 buyers are very fussy about mileage. More so than any other model of Porsche; if a 993 has super-low mileage, the price will be higher. If, on the other hand, the mileage is slightly higher, than the price drops accordingly. This is an odd situation when you consider that the 993 has one of the most reliable and tough engines of all 911s. So long as the car’s been properly maintained, there’s no reason why a higher mileage example shouldn’t be a problem. I’m just been driving this example. It’s got 110,000 miles on the clock yet has […]

Porsche 997 Carrera – simple is best

I was sorting through some photos when I came across this, which brought back happy memories. It’s a 2006 Porsche 997 Carrera which I drove to northern France, in search of my great uncle’s grave; he fought in the First World War and was killed there. It was, of course, a poignant trip, but also a very enjoyable one. From a personal point of view, it was important for me to research Uncle William’s history and visit his resting place, in a very beautiful and peaceful spot. From a Porsche point of view, it reinforced an opinion that I have […]