Monday marvel: a brilliant Boxster for £4850
Looking for an affordable, enjoyable Porsche with the right number of cylinders? Look no further.
If you're looking to buy a Porsche on a tight budget, your options are pretty limited. Sure, you could buy a 924 or 944 – but, in reality, many of those are so tired and pedestrian that you may well end up questioning why you even bothered.
Fortunately, there's an option that delivers a far more Porsche-like experience without completely blowing the budget: the 986-generation Boxster. The compact mid-engined Porsche, introduced in 1996, packed scaled-down 911 looks – and, more importantly, a naturally aspirated flat-six powerplant.
'Cheap Porsche' usually and correctly rings all manner of alarm bells, particularly when dealing with this era of Porsche – which was among the models afflicted by the IMS bearing issue. While not a common problem, the mere threat of an engine-destroying IMS bearing failure alone is enough to put off many.
No such concerns with this smart-looking Boxster, though, as it's claimed to have a new IMS bearing. It's also received a new clutch, matching new Bridgestone tyres, refurbished wheels and updated lights.
It was serviced in February this year, too, so the new owner should simply be able to jump in and enjoy it. It even comes with a factory hardtop, meaning you can enjoy motoring that's a little more refined and secure should need be.
This isn't an undesirable Tiptronic version, either, nor is it a humdrum 2.5-litre Boxster – a stick and three pedals graces this little roadster, while a mid-spec 2.7-litre engine ensures suitably swift performance.
Downsides? Well, it's got an MOT until May next year but there's an advisory for a coolant leak. That would require investigation, lest it point to a more serious issue, but here's hoping that it's just an attentive tester highlighting a tired hose or weeping union.
Otherwise, this 95,000-mile Porsche comes with plenty of service history and gives the impression of a car that's been cared for, right down to coming with its three original keys. In short, it's exactly the kind of example that you should be looking for if you wanted to buy one.
Coolant leak aside, it's hard to fault this neatly presented Boxster. Even more so when you consider that the dealer is asking £4850 for it, making it look like an absolute gem among the tired examples typically found at this end of the spectrum.
Truth be told, pending a cursory glance underneath, I'm struggling to find a reason not to hit 'Buy it Now'. How about you?
If you're interested, check out the listing below.
Porsche Boxster 2.7 convertible. here we have for sale a fantastic and comprehensively maintained Boxster spec as follows comes with factory hardtop. 17 service history stamps including 6 Porsche and Porsche specialist. | eBay!
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