Philip Raby Porsche

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GT3

Alcantara – Porsche’s fake suede

If you own a GT2, GT3 or GTS, you’ll be familiar with Alcantara – a hard-wearing suede-like material. A Facebook friend in Hong Kong, Jimmy Lee, recently posted the following information about Alcantara, and he has kindly allowed me to share it here. This is what he says: Alcantara was first applied on cars around 20 years ago in a Lancia Thema’s interior, an idea of the car designer Giugiaro of ItalDesign. The suede like microfiber composite material was developed in the early 1970s by Miyoshi Okamoto, a scientist working for the Japanese chemical company Toray Industries. With the patent, […]

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 […]

‘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 – […]

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 […]

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