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Porsche 356 Speedster sells for a record $605,000

A Porsche 356 Speedster has sold for auction in the USA for a record $605,000 - that's around £480,000 and about three times the predicted sale price. The rare 1957 Porsche is claimed to be in very original condition, after being carefully stored since 1975.It's a bit...

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Porscheness – what makes a Porsche feel like a Porsche?

I've spent the last few days behind the wheel of a Porsche 964; a model of 911 I have always loved. And, increasingly, other people love the Porsche 964, too, and it has become firmly established as one of the great classic Porsche 911s. However, back in the early...

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How to use climate control

Since the advent of the Porsche 996 in the late 1990s, modern Porsches have had climate control. However, even today, many people don't understand how to use it properly. There's a clue in the name – climate control. The system controls the temperature in the car for...

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A Porsche’s previous owner has been in touch

I was pleasantly surprised to receive a message from a previous owner of this Porsche 911 that we are selling. He'd spotted an advert for the car while browsing the internet. It's rare to hear from past owners of Porsches but when I do, they invariably have fond...

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Ian Raby – racing driver

Someone popped in this morning asking if I was related to Ian Raby. I'm not but he do know he was a racing driver in the 1950s and 1960s. Ian Raby was born in Woolwich and became a car dealer in Brighton. He began racing in 500cc Formula 3 in the 1950s, initially with...

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Porsche emojis for iOS10’s iMessages

Apple has just updated its mobile operating system to iOS10, which introduces lots of great new features and functions to your iPhone and iPad. One new feature is the ability to add 'stickers' to messages sent via iMessage. The system comes with a few stickers...

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Porsches have got cheaper over the years

Take a look at this Fact File page from a 1990 issue of 911 & Porsche World magazine. Back then, Porsche offered just three model ranges – the 944, 911 (in 964 guise) and 928. Today, there are six, which many more options within each range. What is more striking,...

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It was a new Porsche once

A colleague passed me a Porsche press pack dating from 2003. Press packs were, as the name suggests, given to motoring journalists at the launch of new models and are, sadly, a thing of the past as, today, they're now all supplied online. Back in 2003 it was a...

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Filming a Porsche 993 Carrera S

My 15 year old son, Jonny, wants to be film-maker when he finishes in education and he's showing great promise already. At the weekend, he came out with me into the South Downs to film this Porsche 993 Carrera S that we have in stock. Armed with a DSLR camera and his...

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Three very different four-wheel-drive Porsches

Looking through our stock, it occurred to me that Porsche has produced some very diverse cars over the years, and we have three examples that illustrate this very well. Click the links in the text below to see more information on each car. First up is a 1996 993...

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GT Porsche magazine, April 2016

I was delighted to receive the latest (April 2016) issue of GT Porsche magazine with one of my features on the front cover. Last month, editor Simon Jackson, photographer Gus Gregory and I braved Hayling Island on a cold but sunny winter's day for a photoshoot...

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Why the Porsche Cayman is so good

We've had several Porsche Caymans in stock recently and it's been great getting reacquainted with such a great car. The Cayman was introduced in 2006 and was essentially a Boxster with a fixed roof and hatchback. However, to describe it like that would be to do the...

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Ferdinand Porsche – the great innovator

When it comes to innovators, Ferdinand Porsche is hard to beat. This was the man who designed a four-wheel-drive electric car at the start of the 20th century which pioneered the principles behind NASA’s Lunar Roving Vehicle developed by Boeing in the early 1970s. And...

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Remembering the Great War with a Porsche 997

I wrote this back in 2006, and it remains close to my heart. It’s funny what life throws at you. Not long ago, I found myself in a remote part of France, standing alone at the grave of a relative I never knew, with an entertaining 997 standing outside the cemetery...

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Back to the Future in a DeLorean or a Porsche?

Marty: "Wait a minute. Wait a minute. Doc, uh... Are you telling me that you built a time machine... out of a DeLorean?" Doc: "Yes, the way I see it, if you're gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style? Besides, the stainless steel...

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The truth behind the Porsche 924’s VW connection

The 924 has often been criticised for being a Volkswagen in drag. That's not strictly, true, though. It's rather more complex than that... Codenamed EA425, it was originally a joint project between Porsche and Volkswagen, under the snappily titled umbrella company...

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The new Gen2 Porsche 991

Porsche has just announced its new 911 - the Gen2 991 with new turbocharged engines. Here is the full story in Porsche's own words: The 911 has been the world's best-selling sports car for decades. Now the new generation has arrived to further extend this lead. With...

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Buy a Porsche with Apple Pay

Philip Raby Porsche now accepts Apple Pay. That means that you can use your iPhone or Apple Watch to pay for your Porsche. Click here to view our current Porsche...

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Porsche 996 Turbo values and Martini Turbos

Classic Porsche values have been steadily rising over recent years, and there's no sign of a slow-down. It's not just the 911, either; we've seen strong interest in the 924 and 944 market, with price adjustments to suit. Much has been written about this phenomenon,...

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Twenty years of the MGF

First of all, apologies for the lack of Porsche content! Many years ago, I was editor of an MG magazine and have happy memories of driving these great British sports cars, both the classics and the modern ones. The MGF was a particular favourite – a mid-engined...

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The Porsche 944’s time has come

I've always loved the Porsche 944 but it was never a particularly popular car. Until now, that is. I've had three in stock recently and I've been astounded by the intense interest from buyers. One sold over the phone without being viewed. Another went on the day it...

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