Philip Raby Porsche

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Old Porsche 911s rust

Old Porsche 911s rust – there’s no getting away from it. Actually, though, there is as some unscrupulous sellers go to great lengths to hide corroded bodywork under filler and paint. Then, six months after buying the car you start to see bubbles appearing in the paint. The problem can be expensive to rectify, especially if the rot is in the complex sill and door shut structures. Wings, front and rear, also rust and aren’t cheap to replace. I was in a bodyshop today and spotted an early 911S up on a ramp. Someone had paid £50,000 for it and […]

Magnus Walker Urban Outlaw Porsche movie coming soon

Magnus Walker is very much flavour of the month in the Porsche world. An Englishman living in LA, he has an enviable lifestyle and an even more enviable collection of vintage Porsche 911s, from 1964 to 1972. Magnus has developed a reputation for building tastefully modified 911 hotrods which look wonderful and have some neat touches to them. A short film has been made about Magnus and his Porsches. I wasn’t able to make it to the premier in London last week but I have been able to watch the film, and it’s wonderful. Beautifully filmed, it captures the man’s […]

Autofarm Porsche 911 RS Recreation; the early days

Please follow me on Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to my newsletter. Today, backdating Porsche 911s to make them look like older models – in particular RSs – is common practice and such projects are often referred to as ‘recreations’. That term was coined by Porsche specialist Autofarm in Oxfordshire when it began building its Classic Recreations, which have now become the benchmark for backdated 911s. Some eight years ago, I drove one of Autofarm’s first Recreations (not the car in the photo) and wrote the following report which I’ve unearthed from my archives. When the now-legendary Porsche 911RS was introduced […]

What Porsches can you buy for £10,000?

This article was written in 2012. Values, especially of air-cooled 911s, have changed since then. This month’s copy of GT Porsche magazine has a feature entitled “Your £10,000 Porsche” and I urge you to pick up a copy (it’s also got a tasty feature on the early 911 Turbo). OK, it’s nothing new, magazines trot these type of articles out on a regular basis, but that doesn’t make them any less relevant. It’s always good to see real-world articles showing that, in fact, anyone can afford to buy a Porsche. The trick, of course, is to buy the right one, […]

The joys of a Porsche 911 with a 915 gearbox

Read almost any buyers’ guide for the Porsche 911 3.2 Carrera and you’ll be told to choose a car with the later G50 gearbox over the 915 unit that was fitted in earlier 3.2s and previous 911s. It’s understandable advice because many 915 gearboxes are, for want of a better word, knackered and not much fun to use. This is because they do have a different action to other gear changes and you need to ease the lever from one ratio to another, especially when the gear oil hasn’t warmed up. Force a change and you’ll damage the synchromesh and […]

What’s in a (car) name?

So Vauxhall (and Opel) is to name its new Mini-rival the Adam. A fine name to give a baby boy, but a car? No. There’s a myth that cars always used to have manly and aggressive names and, indeed, some did. There was the Spitfire, Mustang, Stingray, Diablo, Viper, Cobra, Stratos, Testarossa and Thunderbird. You get the picture – names that stir the soul and get you excited about cars and driving. However, look back over the years and there have always been rubbish names. The British car industry went through a phase of naming cars after British places, so […]

The joys of a cheap Porsche 911

A few weeks ago I blogged about a super-cheap Porsche 964 I inspected for a client (click here to read about it). He bought the car and, today, had to visit me regarding another matter. I was pleased to see he came in the Porsche 911. It looked cool in a scruffy kind of way and, he said, was great in that he didn’t have to worry about it: “I can leave it in Waitrose car park without worrying about anyone damaging it, and it does’t matter if the kids knock into it on the drive.” If you want what Americans […]

Porsche 911 marketing photos – old and new

These two photos show how Porsche’s marketing photos for the 911 have changed. Back in the Sixties and Seventies the emphasis was on lifestyle photos showing the Porsche 911 being enjoyed, often in a country setting and usually with a pretty girl involved (in this case having her backside photographed!). In today’s more politically correct times, Porsche uses heavily photoshopped images of 911s driving along stunning roads to get you excited about the thought of getting behind the wheel of a Porsche 911. Which do you prefer? If you enjoy my blog entries please click here to follow me on […]

Porsche 911 owner’s manual – old and new

I’ve just been comparing the owner’s manual for a 1970 Porsche 911T with that for a 2005 Porsche 997 Carrera. Two books designed to do the same job, but published 35 years apart. The format is exactly the same, but the 997 book contains 256 pages compared to the 911T’s 106 pages, and the older book is spiral bound instead of perfect bound. The content is broadly similar, as you’d expect, as the purpose it to instruct owners about the car’s features and controls. Of course, one of the reasons that the 997 manual is so much thicker is because […]

Porsche 911 and Apple iPhone – winning designs

Apple’s just released a new iPhone 4S. It looks very like the old one but, under the hood, it’s all new. Faster, more sophisticated and, quite simply, better than the old one. Guess what, though, people are moaning about it. It’s not different enough, apparently. They want to see a fresh design and an ‘iPhone 5’ badge. Why, though? I’ve an iPhone 4 sitting in front of me and it’s a thing of great beauty. Functional and elegant, as all good industrial design should be. I can’t see how it could be bettered, looks-wise. All this reminds me of the […]