Philip Raby Porsche

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Auction sales – bargains or risks?

I’m not keen on buying Porsches at auctions. I’d much rather deal with an individual – private or dealer – who knows the car and can let me test drive it. I looked at a 911 Cabriolet at auction recently that was particularly disappointing. It was advertised as a 1985 3.0-litre 911 which immediately puzzled me – at that age, it should be 3.2-litres. When I saw the car, it didn’t take long to realise that it was, in fact, a 911SC – the rear badging and the engine were giveaways. A flick through the documentation showed that it was […]

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 […]

Can a Porsche be too cheap?

I had a call from a chap who was considering buying a 996 Carrera 4S. The 4S is the Turbo-bodied car and sells for a premium over the standard car. He explained that he was concerned it was too cheap at £19,000. Now that is cheap for a decent 4S – they’re usually start at about £23,000 for a half-decent example. He said it had 88,000 miles on the clock, had a full service history and had been serviced 4000 miles ago. An HPI check had proved clear and the car seemed sound if a bit dirty. The seller, apparently, […]

History lesson

I’ve just received an email from someone looking at buying a 2001 996 with just 26,000 miles on the clock. Sounds attractive, doesn’t it? The only problem is the last service was done in 2004 at 17,000 miles. OK, that’s only 9000 miles ago and the service interval is 12,000 miles. Now, Porsche says that if the prescribed mileage isn’t reached, then the car should be serviced every two years, which this hasn’t. However, I think two years is a long time for a high-performance car to go without a service, so I like to see a minor service done […]

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