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We all know you can buy a Boxster for £3k, but Caymans hitting £10k is still worth shouting about. The Boxster coupe didn’t arrive until late 2006, almost a decade after the roadster, and that, plus its relative rarity have kept prices fairly buoyant.
The great news is that Porsche didn’t release the basic 2.7 Cayman until slightly later, so the cheapest cars are usually 3.4 S models.
Like this one pictured above. A 2006 car with 125,000 miles but a full history, it's up for £10,495.
Or this one, which has only only done 87k miles and has the tastier 19in wheels, but is on the VCAR register as a cat D because of a previous bump that you can see from the seller's pics was very minor. It's advertised for £10,250.
The S is the car you want for a few reasons. First, of course, is the extra power: the 3.4 made 295hp compared with the 2.7’s 245hp, plus an extra 50lb ft of torque. So you can do 62mph in 5.4sec instead of 6.1, and the top speed is 10mph higher at 170mph.
But just as important, you also get a closer-ratio six-speed manual instead of the gappy five-speed. That’s presuming you go for a manual, which you should, because early two-pedal Caymans have a conventional slusher – the clever seven-speed PDK transmission didn’t become an option until 2009.
And finally, S cars had a slightly better spec as standard, and their owners were more likely to throw a load of options at them. Not that you should dismiss the 2.7.
This one might not be as quick as the S but its three-owner history, full Porsche dealer service record and reasonable 92k miles sound pretty tempting. It's being advertised at £10,950 which, depending on how handy your are at haggling, might be yours for near enough £10k.