The Latest News from Paragon
Breakfast Meet - the Sussex Region of the Porsche Club
On Sunday 17th September we were delighted to welcome the Sussex Region (R23) of the Porsche Club for breakfast, where we served great coffee, fresh fruit juices plus bacon and sausage rolls. With more than forty five members attending, the forecourt was packed with an excellent variety of models and colours. With generous donations we raised an impressive sum for the local Air Ambulance service too. We look forward to welcoming this excellent Porsche club back to Paragon soon!
Paragon started thirty years ago - in 1993
Over thirty years a lot has changed - but at Paragon much has stayed the same
We still have that same enthusiasm for great customer service, the same welcoming attitude and the same commitment to quality across all that we do. We’re in the very same location we started all those years ago, still owned and run by the same people and we even have members of the original team still with us.
We’ve invested in great facilities over the years to improve our offering and customer support, but at the heart of our business we’re the same company that started because we loved looking at, driving and working with Porsche. We think that they are the best cars in the world.
So as we look forward to the future you can be sure that now, as over the last thirty years - we remain the natural choice for Porsche.
Come and see us and discover why.
Competing in a 911 GT2 Evo at the Le Mans Classic - and appearing at Goodwood too...
Developed to to meet the homologation requirements of the GT2 class, the 993 GT2 was developed featuring a larger rear spoiler, significant weight reductions and the power increased to 424 bhp. To compete in 24 Hours of Le Mans and GT series racing, plans were then put in place too develop a GT1 version - and this car is the first of just three 911 GT2 Evo developed. Amongst a wide range of developments, weight was dropped to 1100kg, larger turbochargers were fitted and power was boosted to 600 bhp.
This chassis (# WP0ZZZ99ZTS393103) competed from 1995 to 1998 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans driven by Formula 1 and endurance legends such as JP Jarier, Erik Comas, J Barth and Bob Wollek.
The 2023 Le Mans Classic was to be the debut race after an extensive 18 month restoration and Mark achieved a podium finish in the GT2 class, taking 3rd place.
We were then delighted to be invited to join the celebration of 75 Years of Porsche and 60 Years of the 911 at Goodwood this summer. 2023 also marks the 30th year anniversary of the first Festival of Speed and 75 years of Goodwood too.
We were asked to be part of the Porsche Parade that congregated around the central sculpture and climbed the famous hill twice each day. It was quite the experience and we were thrilled to meet Erik Comas (driver of the 911 GT2 Evo in period) who kindly signed the car for us.
Crowborough Rotary Club Car Meet at Crowborough Rugby Club
On Sunday 25th June we were delighted to support the Crowborough Rotary Club Car Meet at Crowborough Rugby Club organised by the Rotary Club of Crowborough.With a wide range of classic and sports cars including a Corvette, Dodge Viper, Ferrari, Triumph and Morris Minor's there was something for everyone. Motorbikes were strongly represented too with Triumph, Suzuki and Lambretta all on display. We took along three excellent Porsche examples including a Carrera 2 S Cabriolet, a 911 Carrera Targa and Boxster Spyder.
It was great to see a fantastic variety of cars and to see some Paragon customers too. A great event and we are very much looking forward to next year!
Justine Williams is the latest addition to the Paragon Team
Justine has joined us in Accounts & Administration and she helps keep everything running smoothly here at Paragon. With over thirty years experience in finance, a decade of which in the automotive sector, she is proving to be the ideal replacement for Julie who has retired after seventeen year with us!
We're delighted that she has joined the Paragon team.
Celebrating 75 years of Porsche - and 30 years of Paragon!
As you may be aware Porsche are celebrating their 75th anniversary this year - as Ferry Porsche so aptly put it "In the beginning, I looked around and could not find quite the car I dreamed of, so I decided to build it myself."
We fell in love with Porsche during the early 1990's and established Paragon in 1993 to offer the very best examples we could find of these iconic sports cars. Now thirty years later we have an enviable reputation for quality and for supplying (and expertly servicing) Porsche from across the years, as can be seen from our Porsche for sale page where we are currently offering both a 1957 356 Speedster and a 2017 Turbo S - and plenty inbetween!
So here's to (at least) another 75 years of what we feel is the greatest designer and manufacturer of incredible, involving driver's cars ever made - and many more years of Paragon too!
Lee Sibley from 9werks came and collected his 996 40th Jahre and we're delighted that he has seen fit to make this splendid video about buying a Porsche from Paragon.
Rain didn't stop play!
On Sunday 26th March we were delighted to host a Spring Breakfast Meet for the Kent Region of the Porsche Club (R25).
Considering the weather was truly awful, we were delighted and suprised that more than forty people from the excellent Kent Region of the Porsche Club joined us for coffee, orange juice and pastries. A colourful line up of both modern and classic Porsche attended and we look forward to seeing them again later in the year - hopefully when the weather has improved somewhat!
Simon Porter is the latest addition to the Paragon Team
Sinon has joined us as our new Parts and Service Supervisor to work alongside Pete Tywman and the Paragon Service team.
Simon has been in the motor trade since 2007 with over sixteen years of service and parts experience.
A fabulous start to 2023 here at Paragon
We've been fortunate to have sold some really extraordinary Porsche so far in 2023, so we thought we would share a few of the more remarkable examples here. Of course every Paragon Porsche is remarkable - but here are some that are even more unusual and exceptional...
Previously sold and serviced by Paragon, the iconic 964 RS is held in very high regard by Porsche aficionados everywhere - not least our sales staff.
This 911 (964) RS is a left hand drive version with a 5-speed manual gearbox and is presented in Guards Red with triple tone leather bucket seats.
The lightweight, rear wheel drive RS is based on the 'Carrera Cup' race car with a revised version of the standard engine with power increased to 260bhp and a lightweight flywheel coupled to the G50/10 transmission with closer ratios, an asymmetrical Limited Slip Differential and steel synchromesh.
We were very fortunate to source this beautiful 964 RS too which has now gone to a new home...
This beautiful 911 (964) RS is a left hand drive version with a 5-speed manual gearbox and is presented in Polar Silver with triple tone leather bucket seats.
The suspension is track-orientated and offers a ride height reduced by 40mm and stiffer springs and shocks. The bonnet is aluminium to save weight, as are the magnesium wheels and even the glass is thinner in the doors and rear window.
One of just 64 UK-supplied RHD versions, this 3.2 Speedster was previously sold and serviced by Paragon. It's a truly iconic Porsche.
Produced in 1989 in very limited numbers for the American market, the 3.2 Speedster used as a base the body, brakes and suspension from the 911 Turbo, using the mechanicals from the 3.2 Carrera.
Porsche produced only 139 RHD examples with all but 10 based on the Turbo body. Only 64 were imported into the UK and only a fraction of those remain with the rest in private collections here and overseas.
Previously sold and serviced by Paragon, this 'last of the air-cooled' 993 stands out for the lovely, and rare Viola colour.
This 911 (993) Carrera 2 Coupe is presented in Viola Metallic with Marble Grey leather seats.
The 3.6 litre flat six VarioRam air-cooled engine develops 285 bhp and standard features include electric windows & mirrors, power assisted steering and anti-lock brakes, an onboard computer, twin airbags and a headlamp wash system. Sold to a great friend of Paragon of over 25 years.
The first 997 GT2 RS that we have ever sourced - this low mileage example is one of just 500 produced and has been fantastic to have in our showroom.
The 911 (997) GT2RS is the fastest, most powerful road-going manual Porsche ever built. Weight saving is key with the significant use of carbon fibre throughout and the power delivery is thrilling as are the exceptional driving dynamics.
The GT2RS offers a 0-60 mph time of just 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 205mph.
Previously sold and serviced by Paragon, this 'first generation' GT3 is one of just 106 UK cars. A thrilling performance classic by any measure.
This 911 GT3 (996) has the 6-speed manual gearbox and is presented in Guards Red with black leather bucket seats.
The 'GT3' designation was introduced in this year to denote racing-focused models where excess weight had been removed including sound deadening, rear seats, rear speakers and the sunroof. Typically air-conditioning and the CD player were also absent, but have been 'optioned in' this beautiful example. They also feature the 'Mezger' engine based on the one used for the Porsche 962 and 911 GT1 race cars.
On Sunday 30th October Paragon were delighted to host the Kent Region of the Porsche Club for an Autumn breakfast meet.
On Sunday 30th October Paragon were delighted to host the Kent Region of the Porsche Club for an Autumn breakfast meet.
Considering the weather less than optimal there was a great turnout with a varied and wonderful selection of Porsche cars brought along by the members. We put together breakfast for the meeting including croissants, pain au chocolat, fresh orange juice and a selection of ham and cheeses which seemed to go down very well. It was great to meet all of the members who attended - and we look forward to seeing them all in the Spring for the next one!
Paragon charity event - replacing the defibrillator in Five Ashes
On Friday 30th September we were delighted to host a charity event to raise funds for the replacement of the defibrillator in Five Ashes which had unfortunately been stolen. We aimed to raise enough to acquire a new and improved version for the benefit of the village and we were supported by local businesses who donated some great raffle prizes, including a wine tasting, lunch with fizz for two and more.
Village residents turned out in impressive numbers and contributed generously to the cause.
The fourth round of the 2 Litre Cup ran at Paul Ricard this last weekend, returning to the famous French Grand Prix circuit for the first time since 2020. Expectations for a close race were high as the three outright championship protagonists – Bryant & Smith for Historika, Jordan & Sumpter for Jordan Racing and Perez for Tuthill – lined up on the grid...
George Gibb is the latest addition to the Paragon Team
Although new to the automotive industry, George has a longstanding and keen interest in sports cars and also Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
He will be working alongside the Paragon sales department as well as helping to take care of our valuable customers. He will also have responsibility for our social media so there will be plenty to keep him busy!
Paragon at the 47th 356 International Meeting
On Saturday 356 owners descended on Porsche Centre Gelderland for an extensive tour and the chance for an amazing photograph opportunity of all the cars together. The day then ended with a tour of the open air museum in Arnhem followed by drinks and a BBQ back at the Bilderburg Hotel. Mark ended up covering over 800 miles in his Speedster.
Paragon at Boxengasse
Jamie and Jason travelled down to Bicester to attend the amazing air-cooled Porsche event at Boxengasse - Megaphonics. On display we had our amazing 3.2 Carrera Speedster that is currently for sale and Mark's Rubystone Red 911 RS. A wonderful selection of air-cooled cars were there along with trade stands, excellent food & coffee and a great live band. It was also really nice catching up with Paragon customers.
We would like to thank Frank & the Boxengasse team for inviting us to the event and we look forward to joining you next year.
Everyone wants a Paragon Porsche!
Since we opened our doors again in April we have been phenomenally busy - it has been difficult to keep up with demand as you can see if you've been keeping an eye on our Porsche for sale page. We are actively looking for stock so if you have a Porsche in good condition with a comprehensive service history we would like to talk with you!
356 Owners Club Annual Spring Drive
On Wednesday 27th April we were joined by the 356 Owners Club for their annual Spring Drive, setting off first thing in the morning with a tour planned through the Kent and Sussex roads. With sixteen cars in the convoy including three Speedsters, it made for quite a sight!
On April 7th we attended the inaugural 9werks Awards with guest of honour, Tony Hatter – designer of the 993, Carrera GT and GT1.
The awards are designed to reward excellence across the Porsche industry, votes were cast by 9WERKS Members in nine categories, these were given equal weighting to the votes of a nine-strong independent panel of experts.
Paragon Porsche was delighted to receive the award for 'Best Porsche Sales - Specialist'.
On Sunday 3rd April we welcomed back the R25 Kent Region of the Porsche Club for a breakfast meet.
Yesterday we hosted our first Sunday morning breakfast meeting of the year. It was great to welcome back the R25 Kent Region of the Porsche Club who enjoyed a breakfast of pastries, fresh juices and the legendary Paragon coffee. Members were able to have a good catch up with each other and look around each others cars as well as the array of cars in our showroom,
On Sunday 28th November we welcomed back the Sussex Region of the Porsche Club for a breakfast meet.
After Saturday's storm we were blessed with some lovely winter sunshine. 25 cars just about squeezed on the forecourt with a wide selection of Stuttgart's finest including a couple of colourful GT4s and two lovely classic 944s. Members were welcomed with fresh orange juice, tea & coffee as well as bacon & sausage rolls. £180 was kindly donated by members for the Sussex Air Ambulance.
Many thanks to Martin & Christine for organising the event and all the members that came along. It was lovely to see everyone and we look forward to welcoming you back in 2022!
Carter Furmidge joins the Paragon team
We're delighted to welcome Carter who has joined us full time here at Paragon to help Kees in our detailing department. Carter joined us in 2018 working as our Saturday morning workshop cleaner and has now progressed on to being our trainee detailer.
Dan Pullen returns to Paragon
Renowned automotive photographer Dan Pullen has been back to see us and to update some of our photography that we use throughout the site and on social media. He does excellent work and we can recommend taking a look at his website here.
Mark and Andrew win in the Porsche 2.0 Cup at the Circuito do Estoril in Portugal
This was Mark's first time back racing in Europe since winning the 2.0 Litre Cup Championship in 2019. This race was in preparation for running a full season in 2022 following COVID restrictions.
Teamed up with British Touring Car Championship winner and historic car racer Andrew Jordan, the weekend started with them dominating the practice sessions and achieving a clear 3 second lead - giving them pole position for the 90 minute race.
Mark started the race and built a 25 second gap ahead of the pit stop and driver change. Andrew then took the wheel and further improved their lead. They won the race with an impressive 30 second lead between Andrew and the second placed car.
The 2022 season starts with a test day at Paul Ricard in March with the first race being at Mugello in Italy on the 8-10th April.
Busy times here at Paragon!
We've had a very busy time here at Paragon and so we are actively looking for Porsche to buy.
We are always interested in sourcing good quality Porsche with comprehensive histories. We'll offer you a hassle-free and quick solution, with a fair price agreed dependent on the age, condition and extras on the car. Generally we are keen to hear about any Porsche models in good condition with a full service history.
Welcome back to Paragon Porsche
We are delighted to welcome customers back to Paragon Porsche from Monday 12 April when our East Sussex showroom will fully reopen to visitors.
While we will not be operating a mandatory appointment system for visitors, we do want all of our customers and staff to feel as safe as possible, as such we wish to avoid overcrowding. We recommend telephoning in advance of your visit so that we can suggest a suitable time slot for your arrival, providing you with as much freedom to browse as possible. This is especially the case for those wishing to conduct test drives.
As has been the case throughout the global health crisis, Paragon Porsche is a COVID-19 compliant site working in accordance with the latest government guidance. We ask visitors to wear a mask, use hand sanitiser and socially distance during their time with us. Rest assured that we will be operating a strict cleansing regime for cars, and our showroom, throughout the working day. And don't forget that our Service Department is fully operational too, our Workshop is operating the same scrupulous cleansing procedures.
A January Update from Paragon
Despite the showroom being currently closed to customers we are still successfully selling Porsche via 'click and collect' and our new handover procedures are working really well. Recently off for delivery we've had a 911 (991) Carrera 4 S Targa, two 911 (991) GTS examples, a stunning Guards Red MK1 996 GT3 and we have just sold a 50th Anniversary 911 too.
Of course we are still actively looking for good quality Porsche for purchase - so do get in touch. We'll offer you a hassle-free and quick solution, with a fair price agreed dependent on the age, condition and extras on the car. Generally we are keen to hear about any Porsche models in good condition with a full service history.
We are open.
Whilst our showroom is closed for visitors we are still able to to sell Porsche via phone, email and Zoom. With our superb preparation process and 12 month parts and labour warranty you can buy with complete confidence.
We are preparing and handing over sold cars, our Workshop is working normally and our Service Department is fully operational.
We want to buy your Porsche!
We are always interested in sourcing good quality Porsche with comprehensive histories. We'll offer you a hassle-free and quick solution, with a fair price agreed dependent on the age, condition and extras on the car. Generally we are keen to hear about any Porsche models in good condition with a full service history.
We’ve been amazed at how many enquiries and sales we’ve had during lockdown - and we’ve adapted well to selling our cars with the help of social media apps and video walk arounds. With our Service Department working hard, we can prepare our Porsche as usual - ready for a safe pickup or delivery as you’d like.
So don’t hesitate - if you’re thinking about buying your perfect Porsche - now might be the best time to do it!
Porsche Club Great Britain interview Mark
A new idea in these times of social distancing by Porsche Club Great Britain - remote interviews! Here Mark discusses his Porsche history, racing and much more.
You can discover more about Porsche Club Great Britain on their website here.
Honorary Porsche Club membership for Mark
Mark has been awarded honorary membership of the Porsche Club for his outstanding contributions over the years, including winning the Championship in 2011 and 2018.
Awarded by Nick Jeffery at a special visit to Paragon, this is a great accolade for Mark and recognition for both his racing success and his work as an ambassador for the Club and the Porsche brand overall.
Mark Greenslade joins Paragon
We're delighted to welcome Mark to Paragon, where he joins us in the Service Department as a Parts Specialist.
Mark has been in the automotive industry for 40 years and has a keen interest in both classic cars and bikes. He is now taking on the responsibility for sourcing and organising our genuine Porsche parts.
TIPEC join us for breakfast
We were delighted to welcome members of TIPEC (The Independent Porsche Enthusiast Club) to Paragon for breakfast on Sunday - and they arrived in an amazing selection of Porsche including a GT3, a 914 and a classic 911 Sportmatic.
The orange juice, coffee and croissants all went down well. It was great to see them and we look forward to welcoming them back soon.
Classic Porsche at Paragon
We always try to keep a strong stock list of exceptional Porsche for sale for both existing and new customers - but sometimes you take a step back and realise that you have a selection of absolute classics to offer at the same time. So the question is - which would you choose?
1973 911 RS Touring
Possibly the most sought-after Porsche of all time - the 1973 911 RS Touring. An original UK car, and with only 1,580 cars built. This beautiful example is one of just ten Jet Black cars ever made. It was fully restored by us just over five years ago.
1989 911 Speedster
A 1989 911 Speedster, which we've looked after for the last 20 years. There were only 139 cars built worldwide with just 64 right hand drive UK cars. A stunning looking 911 with those iconic Speedster humps, a low cut windscreen and a lightweight hood with frameless side screens.
1999 911 GT3
This gorgeous 911 (996) GT3 is finished in the traditional Porsche colour scheme of Guards Red with a black interior. This is one of just 106 UK-supplied right-hand-drive examples. With the Mezger engine producing 360 bhp and a host of weight saving features, the GT3 is a thrilling drive.
1988 911 3.2 Carrera Sport Targa
We have looked after this stunning 1988 example for over a decade. The Targa features a removable centre roof section which folds enabling it to be stowed under the bonnet. This offers the feel of a convertible with the benefit of a roll over hoop and glass heated rear screen.
2003 911 (996) GT2
The GT2 features a tweaked version of the 911 Turbo engine (essentially the same unit used in the company's Le Mans-winning 911 GT1) with rear wheel drive, no onboard stability systems - and 460 bhp. The GT2 is considered by many to be the ultimate 911.
1997 911 (993) Carrera 2 S
Presented in Metallic Black with black leather seats, this superb 911 features the Tiptronic S gearbox and offers 285 bhp from the 3.6 litre flat six air-cooled VarioRam engine. Featuring the 'wide hipped' body of the iconic 911 Turbo, this is a splendid example of an air-cooled 911.
Porsche Club Kent Region visit Paragon
We were delighted to welcome the members of the Kent chapter of the Porsche Club to Paragon for breakfast on Sunday morning. The famous Paragon hospitality was in full flow with freshly-squeezed orange juice, croissants, ham and cheese and blueberry muffins - and plenty of coffee. There was a fine selection of Porsche old and new and they very much enjoyed seeing our current range of Porsche for sale. We look forward to welcoming them back soon.
A Summer for Porsche!
We've been delighted by the Porsche we've sold so far this Summer - and it's time to find some more...
We pride ourselves on supplying the very best Porsche, expertly prepared and warrantied - and so far this Summer we've seen some fantastic examples go to their delighted new owners. We've sold a broad range including several 911 Turbos, a 1992 Carrera RS, a 911 Carrera Targa, Boxster Spyder and a gorgeous 911 GT3.
Of course that means we are definitely on the look out for more quality stock to purchase - so if you've got a good quality Porsche with a comprehensive service history please speak to Jamie or Mark for an expert valuation.
We're delighted to welcome Alex Kelly to the Paragon Service team
A trained technician with over a decade of experience, Alex is a keen motorsport and Formula 1 enthusiast.
Celebrating the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans at Paragon
Over the weekend of the 15th and 16th of June we thought it would be a great idea to get our own GT1 Evo into the showroom, have the race on the showroom screens, and also get some cakes in for our customers to enjoy.
The 911 GT1 was unveiled in 1996, a purpose built sports-prototype that stunned the sports car fraternity. Producing 592 bhp from a 3.2 litre flat-six engine, it hit a top speed of 205 mph on the Mulsanne Straight in practice for the 1996 Le Mans 24 Hours Race. In 1997 the GT1 'Evo' was produced with better acceleration and improved aerodynamics. A total of just 41 GT1s were produced (18 racing cars and 23 streetcars), making the GT1 amongst the very rarest of all Porsche racing cars.
This is Chassis 109 and was sold new to Konrad Motorsport early in 1997, the ninth and final customer 911 GT1 built. It was campaigned for a few months before returning to the factory for the upgrade to Evo bodywork. It was subsequently owned by JB Racing (raced early 1998) and then Larbre Competition. It raced in several French GT championships with Bob Wollek as a driver, then retired and kept in their collection until 2005. Mark acquired it in 2007.
It will feature in our showroom until June 28th, so do come down and have a look at this piece of Le Mans history. All the cakes have gone though...
Here's an onboard video from when he took the staff of Total 911 for a spin around the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit during the Silverstone Classic Media Day.
356 Owners Club Spring Drive
One of our favourite times of the year and one of our favourite events - the 356 Owners Club Spring Drive.
This is essentially an opportunity to enjoy the best that Kent & Sussex has to offer whilst driving a true motoring icon - and if the weather is as good as this year then all the better. The company of other owners is also a joy - the enthusiasm for the 356 permeates the whole day.
The meandering and scenic route was capped off with a fantastic pub lunch - and the sunshine held for us all day. Mark joined the drive in his 356 Speedster and a fantastic time was had by all. We very much look forward to next year - and here's hoping we get the sunshine again!
Porsche Club join us for breakfast!
We were delighted, as ever, to welcome the Sussex chapter of the Porsche Club for breakfast on Sunday 29th April.
A fantastic selection of Porsche old and new turned up - and we had over 50 people join us for locally-sourced bacon and sausage rolls, orange juice and coffee. Jamie was on chef duty as normal with Jason working the coffee machine to its limits.
A Brilliant Start to 2019 at Paragon!
We've had a bumper start to the New Year down here at Paragon with six Porsches sold in the last few days alone - ranging from a 987 Boxster S right through to an Ultraviolet 991 GT3RS! So if you're looking for your perfect Porsche it might be a good idea to pop down sooner rather than later...
Jamie celebrates 25 years at Paragon
Time flies working at Paragon - especially if you're enthusiastic about Porsche - and for our very own Jamie Tyler it has indeed flown. Still looking remarkably similar to the fresh-faced youth who joined us all those years ago, his enthusiasm remains as infectious as ever.
So here's to another twenty five years of Jamie, who we are sure loves his job so much that he will continue past his retirement age, helping customers old and new find their perfect Porsche!
Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year
We'd like to wish all of our customers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We're open for much of the festive period and there is always a ready stock of great coffee and mince pies - so do drop in and see us!
TIPEC join us for breakfast
We're always happy to welcome the members of TIPEC (the Independent Porsche Enthusiasts Club) to Paragon - and they stopped over to see us for breakfast on Sunday.
One of the benefits of having them join us is the amazing array of Porsche they drive over - and this Sunday was no exception.
Mark wins the 2018 Porsche Club Championship at Brands Hatch
Our very own Mark Sumpter took two second place finishes at Brand Hatch to claim the title after a hard-fought race series - driving his Paragon-prepared 911 C2.
The value and expertise of the Paragon service team was key to the victory - as an incident in qualifying where Mark was pushed off the track meant damage to the car had to be expertly fixed - and quickly. The team did an amazing job - and expert driving by Mark meant that he clinched the series.
As Mark says “We’ve had such a fantastic year and it’s really been a team effort to win the championship”.
Find out more about the series - and Paragon Motorsport here.
Luke Willmer joins Paragon
We're delighted to announce that Luke Willmer has joined Paragon in our Service Department. A qualified technician for more than fifteen years, and with a passion for all things Porsche, he is a valuable addition to our team.
The 356 Register Spring Drive
What could be better on a beautiful April day than to take your 356 out for a spin?
The timing and weather was perfect for the annual 356 Register Spring Drive, where a group of like-minded owners made the best of the beautiful Kent and Sussex countryside in these exceptional historic Porsches.
Starting at the 7 Diner in Halstead, the 356 convoy travelled through the stunning Kent countryside toward a welcome lunch at The Woolpack in Rye.
We were then delighted to welcome them at Paragon for afternoon coffee and cakes after their trip from historic Rye to Five Ashes. There was a substantial and enthusiastic turnout for this great event organised by Richard East - we very much look forward to welcoming everyone back next year.
Paragon GT2 features in Total 911 this month
Our beautiful Polar Silver 911 GT2 that's currently for sale features in the latest issue of Total 911. Written by Kyle Fortune the feature gives an indepth view of this iconic super car and some stunning photography on the glorious Sussex roads...
Welcome to Dave Miller & Will Butler
We're delighted to welcome Dave to the Paragon Service team
Dave has been a qualified vehicle technician for over 30 years and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience.
When not working, Dave has a keen interest in classic cars, motorsport, and is also partial to the odd game of Golf.
We're also delighted to welcome Will to the Paragon Team.
Will is a master detailer and keen motorsport enthusiast.
Will joins Adrian to make sure that all the Paragon cars are kept to the highest possible standard - exactly as you would expect.
Welcome to both Dave & Will!
TIPEC visit Paragon
We were delighted to welcome members of TIPEC (The independent Porsche Enthusiasts Club) to Paragon for breakfast on March 18th. They enjoyed seeing our new facilities - but most of all enjoyed viewing the Carrera GT that we currently have for sale. Because of their rarity, it was the first time many of the members had seen one - and for Porsche enthusiasts it makes a big impression!
Welcome to Adrian Gibson
We're delighted to welcome Adrian to the Paragon team as our new Valeter/Detailer.
Adrian has worked in automotive valeting for a number of years and is a certified master detailer - so when you visit Paragon for a service or valet you can be sure your Porsche will be in the safest of hands.
He will also help prepare our Porsche for sale.
Mark Sumpter takes second place in the Porsche Club Championship 2017
At the Motorsport Award Dinner on November 11th, Mark picked up his trophy for second place in Class 1 of the Petro-Canada Lubricants Porsche Club Championship with Pirelli.
A hard-fought but good-humoured season was won overall by Mark McAleer, with Mark Sumpter in his Paragon-liveried 996 challenging his early dominance through some exciting on-track battles. With the points standing tied at 428 points each, the victory went to Mark McAleer via his 12 best scores.
"It's been a brilliant season and a really fun championship - we've had some fantastic battles with our competitors. Congratulations to Mark McAleer and his team, they dominated early on and fully deserve to be Champions this year".
"We ran a new car this year and early in the season we didn't manage to get the absolute best out of it. During the second half however we were the fastest car so we're looking forward to 2018!".
It promises to be an exciting battle next year - and we'll keep you updated in our Motorsport section.
The Boxster Register join us for breakfast
We were delighted to have a great selection of cars and drivers from the Boxster Register join us for a Sunday breakfast meet, which also gave them a chance to see our new facilities. They then headed off for a drive through the beautiful Sussex countryside.
We're delighted to welcome Karl Adams to Paragon.
Karl has joined us to work with Will on valeting and preparation of both the Porsche we have for sale and the cars of our valued service customers.
With a keen eye for detail and lots of experience, he has already become a valuable member of the team.
He's also the proud owner of a 911 4S cabriolet, so he has a genuine love for all things Porsche. Welcome Karl!
Porsche Owners Club at Paragon
On Sunday morning we were joined by the Sussex Region of the Porsche Owners Club for our annual breakfast meetup. Over 40 members of this very popular club took the opportunity to look around the new showroom and newly-equipped workshop. Jamie as usual got his apron on and provided a feast of bacon and sausage rolls which proved popular.
There was an amazing selection of Porsche, both classic and modern and Mark had his Carrera GT in the showroom for the day. It was great to see everyone and we look forward to seeing club members next year!
The 356 Spring Drive
Every year Richard East organises a 356 Spring Drive where owners of these iconic cars can enjoy the start of the good weather and have a small road trip in good company.
Starting at the 7 Hotel & Diner in Halstead for pancakes at 8.30am, a dozen 356s appeared including Speedsters & Coupes in a variety of colours from a range of production years.
The convoy then progressed along a well-planned route along the B roads of Kent and East Sussex, enjoying the crisp air and bright sunshine until it arrived at Paragon for coffee. Everyone was very impressed with the progress of the new showroom, which we will be delighted to unveil on this website as soon as the finishing touches are done.
Then the first leg finished at the Blackboys Inn for an excellent lunch, with the return leg setting out from there.Richard also organises a 356 run for the Autumn - and we look forward to welcoming the drivers back to Paragon after the Summer.
Our New Showroom
Work continues apace on our exciting new showroom and expanded Service department as we enter the New Year. Obviously we are fully open for business in both sales and service, and you're very welcome to pop in for a coffee of you'd like to see how progress is going!
Total 911 & Paragon
Our beautiful 1968 short wheelbase 911S features in Total 911 magazine this month, with Kyle Fortune driving a long road test to Beachy Head in Sussex. 'The First Performance 911' article explains the history of the 911S and the fact that this car was one of the last of the short wheelbase models.
Double Victory for Paragon at the Spa Classic
Now in its sixth year, the annual Spa Classic is a set fixture on the historic motor racing calendar. This was underlined in 2016 when the date conflicted with the Monaco Historic Grand Prix, yet the event attracted over 17,000 race fans.
The Spa-Francorchamps circuit is as well known for its much loved undulating layout as it is for changeable weather conditions. At the 2016 Spa Classic, the track certainly lived up to its reputation with lovely spring conditions on Friday, followed by the odd hail shower on Saturday and Sunday.
Headlining the Spa Classic were the pair of Group C races run on Sunday. The star cars in the field were the Jaguar XJR-14 of Christophe d'Ansembourg, the Peugeot 905 of Dominique Guenat and the Porsche 962 of Mark Sumpter.
It was most likely the first time these were pitched against each other since the 1991 World Championship and it was certainly the first time a Peugeot 905 was ever run at Spa. Unfortunately an incident in the second qualifying prevent the Peugeot from starting in the races.
The XJR-14 did survive qualifying with d'Ansembourg setting the fastest time ahead of Mark Sumpter in the ultimate development of the works Porsche 962Cs.
Christophe d'Ansembourg had a great start but then made a mistake coming onto the straight and crashed into the wall. The damage was sufficient to prompt a retirement. The lead was taken over by Sumpter, who was in a close fight with Erwin France in a another 962C. After the pit-stops, Pierre-Alain France had taken over from his son and could not keep up with Sumpter. Ultimately he was also passed by Robin Ward in his Spice SE90C. The XJR-14 could not be repaired, so the results of the second race were virtually identical with Sumpter again winning from Ward and the Frances.
Porsche Club Sussex visit Paragon
The Sussex region of the Porsche Club Great Britain joined us for breakfast on the 15th of May bringing an amazing selection of new and old Porsche models. The weather was great and the bacon & sausage sandwiches went down well! Thank you to everyone who donated to the Sussex Air Ambulance during the visit.
A warm welcome to Jim Dennis
We're delighted to announce that our service department has been further strengthened with a new member of the team.
Jim Dennis has been a qualified vehicle technician for 11 years and is a classic Porsche & Volkswagen enthusiast.
He brings a wealth of experience to our busy service team and we're delighted to welcome him on board!
911 Ice Driving in Sweden
Mark is just back from a brilliant weekend with friends and colleagues in the Porsche world where they tried their hands at driving on lake ice courtesy of the team at Below Zero Ice Driving. The lake lies at a latitude of 63 degrees north, 6km from Kall in Sweden and the ice usually reaches about a metre deep.
It was a real challenge - but above all terrific fun with a variety of courses to drive in competition prepared 911s. All those who went would thoroughly recommend the experience!
41 years on - the return of the Giorgio Schön Porsche 3.0 RSR to Paul Ricard
41 years after Giorgio Schön and Giovanni Borri raced their Porsche 3.0 RSR in the 1974 Paul Ricard 1000 Kms, the very same car was back there to race in the Peter Auto Classic Endurance Series. RSR chassis 911 460 9074 has a significant period racing history in the 1974-1975 World Manufacturers Championship and is one only 54 genuine examples built by the Porsche racing department and delivered during the period.
The car was co-driven by BRDC member Mark Sumpter of Paragon Porsche and Lee Maxted-Page. Several other original cars from the 1974 1000 kms were also entered at the same meeting, together with both Jürgen Barth and Gerrard Larrousse, still doing what they do best, in a magnificent Porsche 917/10 and Porsche 908 Longtail.
It ran magnificently and it will be one to watch next season!
We're delighted to have won the award for being Best Independent Porsche Specialist (Sales) in the inaugural Total 911 Awards.
It's all the more special because it was voted for by the readership and judging panel of Total 911 magazine.
We would like to thank all our customers and everyone that voted for us. It means a lot to the whole Paragon team to be recognised this way.
Held at the premises of Hexagon in Finchley, a full house of Porsche enthusiasts enjoyed a great evening hosted by Henry Hope-Frost which included an insightful and amusing chat and Q&A with the winner of Porsche Personality of the year Nick Tandy.
We would also like to thank all of the people that were involved with the organisation and running of what was a truly wonderful event.
We very much look forward to this becoming a regular fixture on the Porsche calendar!
Paragon at Porsche Classics At The Castle
We had a great day at this event, with a convoy of our classic Porsche taking an early morning Sunday drive in the fine weather.
Our five cars on display (our 356 Speedster, 911S 2.4, 911S 2.0, 911E & 3.2 Carrera Speedster) attracted a great deal of interest throughout the day.
It was great seeing friends old and new from the Porsche community and the successful event was capped with the Coys Auction of classic Porsche. A great day that we can thoroughly recommend. We'll see you there next year!
Porsche Classics At The Castle
This unique event for classic Porsche will be held on Sunday 6th September 2015 at Hedingham Castle.
We'll be there with some of our classic Porsche and we'll be driving up in convoy on the Sunday morning - so you may see us on route!
Paragon Summer Barbeque
We were very pleased to welcome the Sussex region of the Porsche Club to Paragon on Sunday 13th September for our annual barbeque. With 50 members attending, and Mark & Jamie cooking locally sourced sausages and burgers, it was as ever a great success.
We look forward to welcoming them all back soon for future events!
Four Generations of the Porsche Speedster
Featuring four generations of the iconic Porsche Speedster, this month's Total 911 features a great article by Lee Sibley & Josh Barnett.
They took the opportunity to drive and review Mark's 356 Speedster as well as our 3.2 and 964 Speedsters that are for sale here on the site.
To complete the picture is the gorgeous 997 Speedster that we supplied last year - kindly loaned and driven by the current owner especially for the shoot. The Sussex coastal scenery (as ever) made it the perfect location for the shoot by Daniel Pullen.
Congratulations to Freddie Slater - the 2015 Bambino Karting British Open Champion!
At just 6 years old, Freddie is already following in his dad's footsteps.
Adrian Slater has raced with Paragon for many years and must be very proud of this amazing accomplishment.
We're looking forward to future successes for Freddie in his karting career.
Our favourite photographer James Lipman was back with us for a couple of days to capture some more images to use across our website and print media. Aside from some photography around the workshop we also spent a day on Ashdown Forest with some of our favourite stock. We were blessed with amazing weather and we'll be featuring some of his work here soon!
Porsche Owners Club at Paragon
The Sussex Region of the Porsche Owners Club arrived here at Paragon on Saturday 16th May for their annual breakfast event. There were over 30 Porsche of all styles, types and ages of with 50 people attending, which kept Jamie busy making the bacon rolls!
Porsche 356 Register Annual Spring Drive
This great event took place on Tuesday 21st April, with Mark joining the drive down to Rye and onto the workshops of Crosthwaite & Gardiner for a guided tour. The convoy of two 356 Speedsters, a pair of 356 Roadsters and a beautiful selection of coupes and cabriolets made the best of the Kent & Sussex roads and the beautiful weather too!
Paragon in Total 911 magazine
This month's Total 911 magazine features an in-depth article about Paragon and how the business has developed over the last 22 years.
Written by Neill Watson, it also looks at current market trends and has an interview with our very own Pete Twyman about running a busy Porsche service department.
Also in this issue is a great feature about the 'Top 30' most collectable 911s. Well worth a read!
Victory for Paragon sponsored Billy Monger
Billy Monger took his maiden victory in a predictably close-fought Ginetta Junior Championship opener around the tight and twisty Brands Hatch Indy circuit.
“I’m over the moon,” said Billy. “It was a tough race from the start. I managed to get through to second at the start and after that, I couldn’t break away with the tow, so I had to defend for my life. I’ve come out on top and it’s a great way to start the season.
Season starts with Sumpter in Goodwood Porsche Action
The Paragon Porsche race season kicked off in style at Goodwood’s 73rd Member’s Meeting, with Mark Sumpter racing the Baylis & Harding-backed 1965 911 in the John Adlington Trophy.
Having qualified second in the field of pre-1967 two-litre 911s, Mark was right with Jordan in the opening laps, the 911s providing dramatic action with their twitchy handling right on the limit round the famous Goodwood circuit’s fast sweeps. Seeing an opening, Mark looked to take the lead but ended up losing time with a spin, rejoining down the order but recovering to fourth at the end of the 20-minute race.
“This isn’t a championship so it was all about trying to win this race,” said Mark. “Andrew and I both had the same pace so I had to push that bit harder, but maybe I pushed just a little too hard! That corner is probably the most daunting one on the circuit so I am happy the car is in one piece.
“We were lapping at the same pace for the first half of the race and I was thinking that either his car has to go off and that didn’t seem to be happening, or I needed to get some backmarkers in to play. He got baulked just a little into the first corner and I was catching him on the back straight, and at the kink – which I decided would be flat out – the car oversteered and spun, which rooted the tyres.
“Adrian Slater, who owns the car, and I are hoping to do the Silverstone Classic two-driver race with this car in July and probably race at Spa as well. It’s a great car, it still has all its numbers matching with the original engine and we built it up for historic racing in 2006. To have a one-model race for these cars was just fantastic, I think a lot of the drivers in the paddock are hoping that maybe we could have more.”
Goodwood Member's Meeting 911 Race
Our very own Mark Sumpter will be taking part in this amazing race.
A field of around 30 pre-1965 2.0 litre short-wheelbase cars will compete for the John Aldington Trophy – named after the man who founded Porsche Cars Great Britain. Mark has good form at Goodwood in early 911s.
Paragon 356 Speedster in Classic Porsche Magazine
Steve Wright from Classic Porsche magazine had the enviable task of a spin out into the Sussex countryside in our classic 1957 356 Speedster.
Driving down to Goodwood, it's obvious that this restoration by Jim Shoh is as close to perfect as it's possible to get, and the car handles the road condiitions and stays watertight in some very grotty weather at the end of the day.
Paragon/Baylis & Harding 1965 2.0 litre 911 at the NEC Classic Car Show
Porsche Club Great Britain had a strong showing at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show at the NEC in Birmingham on 14th-16th November 2014.
A selection of classic Porsche were featured including the Paragon/Baylis & Harding 1965 2.0 litre 911 which was an obvious hit judging by the response on social media. The beautiful restoration and 'in period' graphics meant there was always a crowd around it - even with so much competition at the show!
Brands Hatch Festival of Porsche
We had a fantastic day out at the Brands Hatch Festival of Porsche on the 21st September, with Paragon shutting for the day and us travelling up in convoy in some of our Porsche for sale.
With loads of attention by the public, we spent much of the day talking about the cars, in particular the 356 A Speedster which attracted so much attention. Visitors also loved the 993 Carrera RS and the rather striking GT3.
Our very own Mark Sumpter and Adrian Slater from Baylis & Harding were racing in the Porsche Club Championship, with close fought battles all the way. The race report will shortly appear on our Race Reports page.
Porsche Special Cars Display
There was some amazing examples of Porsche in the pit garages, including some of the Historic Porsche Collection, and Derek Bell was on hand to drive and offer passenger laps to a lucky few around the Brands Hatch circuit.
The whole event was an amazing success and we're sure to attend next year. Congratulations to the organisers on what was a fantastic weekend of Porsche fun!
Sussex Region Porsche Club Visit Paragon
As usual it was Jamie's legendary bacon rolls, fresh orange juice, coffee and biscuits all round, and some mutual admiration of both owners and Paragon cars.
The highlight for them was undoubtedly the red 356 A Speedster which attracted a lot of admiration.
Paragon in 911 World Magazine
This month, 911 & Porsche World magazine carries an in-depth feature on Paragon written by Brett Fraser.
911 & Porsche World last visited us nearly ten years ago, and the focus of the article is on how our business has developed.
Air-cooled 993 Turbos & 993 RS at Paragon
At Paragon. we are fortunate enough to acquire good examples of the 993 on a fairly regular basis.
At the moment however we are feeling particularly pleased with what we have in stock - two beautiful 911 Turbo examples and a 993 Carrera RS.
Barrett Sutherland joins Paragon
We're delighted to announce that Barrett Sutherland has joined Paragon as our Porsche Parts Specialist.
He'll be looking after all aspects of our parts operation and working closely with Pete Twyman, our Service Manager.
Derek Bell and Mark Sumpter at Le Mans
Derek Bell will return to compete alongside Paragon's Mark Sumpter in the Group C Historic support race which takes place ahead of the main Le Mans 24 hours race at the iconic French circuit in June.
The 356 Register Annual Spring Drive
Mark Sumpter joined the local members of the 356 Register on the 14th May for their annual Spring Drive, taking these beautiful original Porsche around the country roads and lanes in what turned out to be glorious sunshine.
Paragon sponsors Billy Monger
Billy Monger has new sponsors for his first campaign in cars - including Paragon Porsche.
The 14-year-old made the step up from karting to the Ginetta Junior Championship for 2014, and had the new livery proudly on display for the first time at Donington Park over the Easter weekend.
Brenda Sumpter Retires
After more years than she would probably care to remember (it's over 20) Brenda has finally decided to retire and enjoy more time with her husband Colin, who has recenly retired from Eagle E-Types as well.
There was a fine send off in the showroom on Thursday 10th April where staff, friends and customers enjoyed a bite to eat and a drink or two.
Our 911 GT3 in Total 911
Our beautiful Guards Red 997 GT3 features strongly in Total 911 magazine this month.
The 3,000 mile example is the star of the the eight page buyers guide written by Chris Randa. This great guide gives buying tips, specifications and specialist and owners views. It also also features some superb studio shots done by Phil Steinhardt.
Fuchs Wheels at Paragon
We're delighted to announce that we're now the agents for Fuchs Wheel in the South East.
So if you're looking to marry the ultimate wheel to the ultimate car - give Pete Twyman a call on 01825 830424.
Air-Cooled 911s at Paragon
We're continuing to see a strong interest and growing demand for air-cooled 911s from new and existing customers here at Paragon.
In fact we've sold five really splendid examples just in October alone.
Paragon 911 GT1 & 2.7 RS in Total 911
The Paragon supplied, fully restored 1973 2.7 RS and our very own GT1 feature heavily in the December 2013 issue of Total 911 magazine.
Staff changes here at Paragon
We're delighted to announce that Pete Twyman has moved over to be Service Manager at Paragon, he is taking over from Mick Clare, who has moved on to pastures new - quite literally. James Leaney has joined Paragon to handle the parts side of things.
Paragon in Total 911 Magazine
Three cars from Paragon are heavily featured in Total 911 magazine this month, with some spectacular photography up at Beachy Head showing them to their best advantage.
Paragon at the Silverstone Classic 2013
This weekend saw a good showing from Paragon, Saturday evening featured Mark Sumpter and Adrian Slater racing in their fantastic 1965 2.0 litre 911 in the Piper Heidsieck International Trophy exclusively for Pre-66 GT cars.
Paragon Racing Team Videos
We're happy to announce that you can now follow our racing season and learn more about the Paragon Racing Team with our new video series!
New Member of the Paragon Service Team
We're delighted to announce that Goronwy Owen has joined the busy Paragon Service team. With over thirty years experience - the last ten at an Official Porsche Dealer - he brings a real wealth of experience to the team.
Porsche 911 Speedster at Paragon
We've just been fortunate enough to source (and immediately sell) our first 911 Speedster - bought new and owned by Jensen Button. One of just 356 cars made, with 22 coming to the UK, the 911 Speedster is a very special car indeed.
Paragon's Service Department in Total 911
Comparing and contrasting the service you can expect from an independent versus a Porsche Main Dealer, the article by Joel Newman features some excellent photography by Phil Steinhardt - and came to some pleasing conclusions...
Paragon Service in Total 911 Magazine
The magazine has chosen Paragon as being one of the leading and most respected Independent Porsche Specialists in the UK. The aim of the article is to compare and contrast using a Main Porsche Dealer for service work as against an independent specialist.
Paragon Porsche in GT Porsche
Paragon Porsche racing cars feature heavily in the February issue of GT Porsche Magazine. Mark Sumpter's first ever racing Porsche, a 3.2 is pitched against his current 964 Carrera 2 at Brands Hatch.
A Dream Realised
It's always gratifying when the people who really know Porsche choose Paragon. Phillip Tyrrell was for nearly 20 years the Service Manager at AFN Isleworth.He came to Paragon to acquire our 1979 930 911 Turbo, and looking through the history of the car it turned out that he had stamped and signed the book during his time at AFN!
Charity Race Day at Snetterton
On Sunday the 18th of November we supported the Charity Race day at Snetterton race circuit near Norwich with Mark Sumpter spending the day taking passengers for 'hot laps' in our Porsche 911 race car helping to raise £40,795!
Spa Six Hour Classic Endurance Race
Lee Maxted-Page and Mark Sumpter raced Lee's historic 1964 Porsche 901. After qualifying well Lee Maxted-Page and Mark Sumpter knew that they had a very good chance of a class podium.
Sumpter to race 1964 Porsche 901 at Spa
2011 Porsche Club Champion, Mark Sumpter who is also leading the 2012 championship, will miss the final and deciding round of this year’s championship at Silverstone in September.
Porsche Club Championship Castle Combe
Paragon’s Mark Sumpter once more showed his mastery of the Castle Combe circuit in Wiltshire taking both wins as the Porsche Club Championship visited on August Bank Holiday Monday – exactly as he had in 2011 in the series.
1,700 miles in a 356A Cabriolet
Fifty three years after it was made, this gorgeous 356A Cabriolet had made an epic 1,700 mile journey down to the South of France without missing a beat.
Porsche Club Championship Oulton Park
It was a great weekend for Paragon’s Mark Sumpter as the Porsche Club Championship visited Oulton Park in Cheshire for the second time this season.
TIPEC visit Paragon
We were very pleased to welcome TIPEC to Paragon on Saturday 25th August where aside from refreshments and the famous 'JamieTyler Bacon Rolls' they also enjoyed seeing our Porsche stock and service facilities.
Porsche Club Championship Donington Park
Andy Purdie upheld Paragon honour in the Porsche Club Championship's pair of races at Donington Park on Saturday June 30th taking two podium finishes, with team regular Mark Sumpter not racing.
Racing a 356 A
A first for those involved (including Mark Sumpter, who has raced pretty much every other sort of Porsche), Snetterton was the venue for the Autosport 3 hour endurance race, and a beautiful 356 A was the vehicle of choice.
The Car's the Star (Again)
Our Polar Silver 911 GT2 Features in this months 911 & Porsche World. Photographed in a studio the car stars in their 996 GT2 buyers guide.
The (Paragon) Car's the Star
We're pleased to announce that our rather fine 930 Turbo is the cover star of this months GT Porsche magazine.
Porsche Club Championship Oulton Park
A successful Oulton Park raceday for rounds three and four of the 2012 Porsche Club Championship saw two wins for Paragon’s Mark Sumpter on Saturday June 2nd, while team-mate Andy Purdie took fourth in the opening race before retiring from the second.
Two New Members of Staff at Paragon Porsche
We're delighted to welcome Kees Deacon and Danny Smith to Paragon, who will be working in Sales & Preparation respectively.
Porsche Club Championship Brands Hatch
Paragon duo Mark Sumpter and Andy Purdie contested the opening two rounds of the 2012 Porsche Club Championship at Brands Hatch on Saturday May 5th, and took a fine one-two in the opening race of the season.
Paragon 911 (964) Race Car Shakedown
A mixture of sunshine and very heavy showers set the scene for the first shakedown test of our freshly built 911 (964) race car
The return of James Lipman
We have always avoided stock photography and use the services of the splendid James Lipman, automotive photographer, plane crasher and all round good egg.
Paragon 2012 Race Car
Our 911 (964) Racecar in the final stages of preparation ahead of the 2012 Porsche Club Championship.