Philip Raby Porsche

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Is a written off Porsche 996 Turbo a good buy?

A friend just drew my attention to this Porsche 996 Turbo which is being sold on an auction site. It’s a Cat D write-off – which means an insurance company has deemed it uneconomical to repair. Cat D cars can be a cheap way into Porsche ownership so long as you are able to do the repair cheaply but – crucially – at the same time properly. Which you may be able to do if you have access to workshop facilities and use second-hand parts. A nearly new 911 Turbo would require massive damage to be written off but these […]

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 Turbo S for £27,000

Well, not exactly. However, this car is partway there. It is, in fact, a 996 Turbo that’s been given a 997 front end – an increasingly common upgrade which, I think, works well, even if, as here, the 996 rear end is retained (Porscheshop, by the way, offers neat LED 996 rear lights that go some way to update the look). The car’s a 2002 model with just 37,000 miles on the clock and has the worthwhile X50 engine upgrade (which was used in the 996 Turbo S) that ups power to 450bhp, plus a sports exhaust. According to the […]

Financial crash?

From time to time, a damaged 911 appears for sale and, at first sight, they can look very tempting. Take a look at this one, for instance. £13,500 for a very low-mileage 2003 996 sounds a great deal, doesn’t it? Now, it’s impossible to assess fully the damage but I can see it needs a couple of front wings, bonnet, front bumper, at least one front light, front panel, while the inner wings and body structure are probably distorted, too. Looking at the puddle of coolant under the car, I’d bet it’ll need a new radiator and probably air-conditioning bits, […]

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