Philip Raby Porsche

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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 of the day – 996 Carrera

The Porsche 996 gets a bad press but it really is a great 911. I had a customer round the other week looking, at first, at a 993 but he couldn’t get on with the offset pedals so I suggested he tried a 996. His initial reaction was negative, saying that he’d heard that 996s weren’t any good. But after driving this one, he realised that, actually, a 996 is just what he wants. And what about the looks? OK, maybe the headlamps are a bit odd but, on the whole, I like the 996’s lines. They have a purity […]

Great Porsche 964s wanted

I’ve just sold a lovely low-mileage example of a Porsche 964 Carrera 4 – one of the best I’ve seen. It’s this white example you see here. Ah I’ve often said before, Porsche 964s are increasingly hard to find. Well, good ones are – there are plenty of rough examples out there. And because of that, I’m always getting enquiries for people wanting to buy one. That white 964 sold within a day of me putting it on the market. So if you have a great Porsche 964, of whatever type, that you’d like to sell, then do please get […]

Just in: 2002 Porsche 996 Carrera with new RMS

I’m pleased to have a lovely Porsche 996 Carrera in stock. Being a 2002 model, it’s got the Turbo-style headlamps and more powerful 3.6-litre engine. Many 996s of this age are getting scruffy and neglected but not this one. Having covered only 48,000 miles, it’s in lovely condition inside and out. However, when I took it on, it wasn’t perfect. The rear main seal (RMS) was leaking – but then most do at some point – so that had to be rectified. It’s a £10 part but to change it means dropping the gearbox and, to ensure the new seal […]