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Ex-factory, street-legal 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo Cup

Aimed at amateur racers wishing to pit their talents against a few hardened pros, the 944 Turbo Cup series spawned motorsport machines almost identical to their roadgoing siblings. Suddenly, anyone could play race driver...

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Greg Moore’s 3.2-litre Porsche 356 Speedster replica

Replicas based on non-factory chassis have always been controversial, but given the iconic 356 Speedster is out of reach for many of us, the next best thing is a facsimile of the real deal. Despite owning a genuine 356, Greg Moore has created his own very special take on the Speedster concept...

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Air-cooled classic 270bhp 3.2-litre 1967 Porsche 911 SC restomod

Don’t mess about! If a particular competition model has caught your eye, or if a specific era of Porsche production turns you on, then go for it. This is precisely what Dave Lewis did — infatuated by the legendary 911 ST of 1967, he found just what he wanted in a 1981 SC backdate...

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2002 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S 996.2 converted to RWD

This side of a GT3 or Turbo, the Carrera 4S is widely considered the optimum 996. Paul Layte decided to refine the recipe. We track his car’s evolutionary progress to hot-yet-practical road-burner...

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An authentic replica of a winning 1970 Porsche 914/6 GT

In 1970, the Porsche 914/6 GT enjoyed a brief moment in the sun, taking the first three places at the Nürburgring’s 86-hour Marathon de la Route. We sample a staggeringly authentic replica of the no.1 car...

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2023 Opel Mokka 1.2T GS Line

New Opel Mokka gets a dollop of cream and a sizeable sprinkle of goodness, but does its shared DNA hinder it from rising above other alternatives on the crossover menu?

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2023 Aston Martin DBX707

Is the 2023 Aston Martin DBX707 more than just its performance numbers? Let’s find out.

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2023 Bentley Continental GT Speed

Sovereign’s carriage, silent assassin, voyager, wingman, spirit of an age. Bentley’s 12-cylinder coup. is a mass of contradictions

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1983 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 vs. 1993 Porsche 928 GTS Automatic

Back in 1983, when the Carrera 3.2 was launched, the 911’s future still hung in the balance — only a few years beforehand, Porsche heralded the 928 as the car projected to take the brand into the next century. History, however, tells a different story...

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TRUE COLOURS

How time flies. If there’s one thing to make an automotive enthusiast feel old, it’s a significant anniversary of a car or event, the launch of which sticks firmly in the mind as a recent occurrence. The twentyfifth birthday of the Boxster in 2021 is a prime example of what I’m getting at, as is this year’s two-decade anniversary for the Le Mans Classic. 2022 also marks another significant milestone for Porsche fans — forty-five years of 928.

Now, this is Classic Porsche magazine, and as such, we usually only point our cameras at air-cooled cars carrying the Stuttgart crest (if kettles are your thing, subscribe to our sister title, 911 & Porsche World, the world’s bestselling monthly Porsche magazine). That said, with renewed interest in the Zuffenhausen ‘land shark’ as a consequence of its forty-fifth trip around the sun — done in the lap of luxury, what with it being a super-opulent V8 grand tourer — we reasoned comparable cost between the last-of-line 928 GTS and the earlier Carrera 3.2 may well present something of a conundrum to prospective purchasers wanting to experience Porsche ownership with a set budget in mind. Air or water? Classic 911 or something entirely different from the Porsche stable?

In this issue, we’ve brought together samecoloured examples of both models in the interests of ‘compare and contrast’. Talking of colour, the vibrant shades Porsche applied to its products in decades past — as opposed to the popularity of grey, black, silver and white in more recent times — is one of the hallmarks of the classic Porsche scene, but eye-popping paintwork isn’t exclusive to our favourite manufacturer’s historic road cars. Indeed, the Porsche motorsport department turned out some extraordinary-looking racing machines in years gone by, with some of the liveries worn going on to become more famous than the drivers parading them around the world’s bestloved circuits. Across the following pages, we’ve examined ten brilliant examples of Porsche battle dress. Let us know which is your favourite. On your marks. Get set. Go!
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Francis Castelli’s personalised 1993 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 964

Long-term ownership has seen this 964 morph from standard to top mod, but how far and fancy should conversions go? We check out the customisation...

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1997 Porsche 911 Carrera 996.1

Founder member of the water-cooled 911 family, the 996 has been derided for mechanical issues and less-than-sharp build quality. Yet, it exudes more charisma than its successors and, today, represents the best-value 911 available. We track a long-term high-miler…

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Modified 2002 Porsche 911 Carrera 996.2 vs. 2009 Cayman S Sport 987

Porsches have always lent themselves to brash colourways, demonstrated by this Mint Green 996 and Orange 987 Cayman S Sport. And, as if their striking livery wasn’t enough, both cars have been enhanced by Suffolk-based marque specialist, Charlie Wildridge...

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Powered by a 210bhp 2.7-litre flat-six 1972 Porsche 911 S Restomod

They don’t come much more spick and span than Uwe Kraenzmer’s prized Porsche. Then again, we shouldn’t expect anything less from a marque enthusiast running a business stripping muck off vehicle chassis. His intriguingly named 911 got the full treatment…

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European-spec 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 MFI

With a nod to hippy psychedelia, Porsche’s colour palette in the late 1960s and early 1970s was as wild and edgy as they come, complementing evolutions in the 911’s styling and engineering. This early Carrera 2.7 ticks all the boxes. What’s more, it could be yours…

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1989 Porsche 944 S2

Celebrating the 944’s fortieth anniversary, we get up close and personal with this rare survivor: a recently restored Maritime Blue S2 coupe…

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