Brief Notes: Porsche 928S

After just three short months – well, two and a half, actually – my Porsche 928S has been sold and picked up by its new owner. The Sprint and the Brumby both go tomorrow. As I said earlier in the week, change is afoot. More to come later. To the 928, though….. I never wrote much about the 928 here. That’s probably because I didn’t drive the car enough to connect with it and form a full opinion. That’s partly because of the cost of driving it regularly. It’s partly because of my Alfa Sprint, which I absolutely adore. And […]

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High Milers – Porsche 928GT

Here are a couple of questions for you….. What’s the highest mileage car you’ve ever bought? And would you take a high-mile classic car over a garage queen? At what price? I check a lot of different vehicles online and I was struck by this one earlier today. It’s a Porsche 928 GT from 1990. Is the 928 a classic? ….. I hear you ask. Well, it depends on your opinion of the 928, but it’s definitely old enough to be considered as a young classic. Bear in mind that it’s nearly 40 years since the 928 was first shown […]

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Dude Buys First Porsche – At 85

I’m not someone recently given to re-hashing marketing press releases, but this one from Porsche Australia caught my eye when it landed in my inbox today. —— South Australian buys first Porsche … at 85 years of age Adelaide’s Olaf Varley decided early this year to realise his dream and purchase his first Porsche: a brand new Cayman in racing yellow. Nothing unusual about that, except Mr Varley waited a little longer than most for his dream car. He is 85 years of age. “I had been walking into Porsche Centre Adelaide for around three years thinking about it, but […]

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Porsche 917 From “Le Mans” Film To Be Auctioned

This is definitely one to watch! How stratospheric can a single car’s price go? Not only is this a genuine Porsche 917, it’s a Porsche 917 with actual race history. And not only is it a genuine Porsche 917 with race history, it was also used in a famous film about racing – Le Mans. And not only is it a Porsche 917 with genuine racing history and a famous film role, it was driven in that film by none other than Steve McQueen. It’s fair to say that there are few cars in existence with such a distinguished and […]

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Porsche Winning LeMans Media

As I sit here writing this, we’re around three hours from the end of Le Mans. Porsche is leading with the #2 Audi catching them at a pace fast enough to take the lead. Can Porsche hold on and claim a Le Mans victory in it’s first tilt in 14 years? It’ll be an outstanding achievement if they can. But I wanted to share a little of Porsche’s media output during the race. I recently gained access to Porsche’s press area and having spent a little time in this sphere myself, I have to say I’m super-impressed with the timeliness […]

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Spyker Vs Saab, Victor Muller, Porsche-Porsche-Porsche and GM’s Recall

So the results from the Saab vs Spyker poll from last week – i.e…… Which car do you think we’ll see available for sale first? The Spyker B6 Venator, or An electric Saab? …. were almost split down the middle. Spyker held a handy lead right from the get-go but the Saab pollsters chimed in later and the result evened out by the end. Thanks for your participation. I’m very keen to see which one will actually be built first. Actually, I’m keen to see if either of them will be built at all. —— In related news, Autoweek has […]

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Weekend Video – Living The Porsche

This is a long one – just over one hour – so set aside some sofa time with your favourite beverage and a few biscuits. Living The Porsche is essentially a long-form advertisement for Autohaus Hamilton, a Porsche specialist workshop in Sydney, Australia. But describing it that way and failing to give you more would be a huge injustice to what is a fantastic Porsche film. Porsche is a company dedicated to racing and most of their cars have been built with racing in mind. They’re engineered in such a way that nearly every Porsche model is a potential racer […]

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Swade’s 7 ‘Investment’ Cars For Less Than $30,000

[hr] I recently featured 7 classic car investments for rich people here on site with the promise that Gavin and I could come up with lists of our own. The terms and conditions: The budget is for a maximum of A$30,000 You must be able to show an example of the car for sale somewhere in the world under that price (at a current rate of exchange). The car has to be interesting. The writer should be able to provide some short theory as to why it’s a possible long-term proposition for making a little money (or, at the very […]

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Porsche 911 Targa – Hot or Not?

[hr] I have a confession to make. I’ve always – always – been a fan of the old Porsche 911 Targa. You know the one, the ‘lunch pail’ model that most 911 purists talk about with a tone of voice that could rarely be described as ‘fond’. Photo above from Boldride, which has a nice article on the history of the Targa. Not only is the old Targa usually more affordable than a Coupe of the same age, but there’s also something quite elegant about it, something appealing about the versatility. It’s probably not the 911 to buy if you […]

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Weekend Video: Porsche 356 Made By Hand

If you’ve been on a tour of a modern car factory, this old video about Porsche is going to make you giggle. If you’ve got even a basic awareness of modern health and safety protocols, it’ll blow your mind. Either way, it’s super-interesting and a great look into quality car building in yesterday’s world. This is a video tour showing the build process for the Porsche 356. Think Megafactories, 1950’s style. While everything’s basically done by hand there are still some extraordinary machines and the commitment to quality is evident throughout.

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