Pick of the Day: 1997 Porsche Boxster with low miles, modest price

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The Boxster looks factory fresh despite the years

Near the end of 1996, Porsche launched one of my all-time favorite models, the mid-engine Porsche 986 Boxster. This was Porsche’s entry-level model, but it was also one of the finest performance cars of the time.

The 986 Boxster was based on the 1993 concept car launched to universal acclaim at the North American International Auto Show, and the production-car design ended up being just as good as the concept.

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The Pick of the Day is a 1997 Porsche 986 Boxster from the first year, and a bit of a time capsule, having covered only 51,000 miles from new. It is finished in the same colors as the concept car and the launch editions, Arctic Silver Metallic paint with a Boxster Red leather interior. The Porsche has a 5-speed manual transmission and appears to be in great condition.

The Los Angeles-based dealer advertising the Boxster on ClassicCars.com states that the convertible is an all-original one-owner car, with both original keys, all manuals and a complete service history.

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If you have looked into the potential purchase of a Boxster, you most likely know about the issue with their IMS bearings, which sometimes fail and cause considerable damage when they do. If a Boxster’s IMS has not been replaced with the improved version, factor $1,500 to have this work done, and you will have a bulletproof reliable car.

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The Boxster is a sharp-handling car with ample power. Some people say they are slow, but when new the 1997 Boxster covered 0-60 in 6.1 seconds, the quarter mile in 14.7 and have a 149 mph top speed. For reference, this is faster than any classic 911 SC, and the mythic 1973 911 Carrera RS only beats that 0-60 time by 1.2 seconds.


Sure, there are faster Porsche cars in the 993, 996, and 997, but they don’t feel as fast nor do they deliver the pure driving enjoyment that the Boxster does. That opinion is shared with Road & Track magazine’s Porsche expert Joe Rusz.

At a market-correct asking price of just $10,750, a low-mileage Boxster like this is possibly the best sports car deal around.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Boxster’s IMS has not been replaced with the improved version, factor $1,500 has the conversion been done on this car? Does this car have A/C? There are no pictures of the engine bay. How is this car equipped?

    • Click on the Pick of the Day red link at the end of the article, which will take you to the seller’s ad, with more information, including price and location.

  2. Sres
    Quiero saber que posibilidades tenemos de importarlo a la Argentina y cual seria su costo final incluido tramites impuesto y flete. Gracias

  3. Estimado Sre. Oscar,
    Contestando a su pergunta: pincha la frase a color roja en el final de la noticia que le conducira a las informaciones del vendedor con toda detalles que Ustd requiere.
    Le comento que este coche es lindisimo y el interior rojo es aun mas fantastico y, Argentina lo merece, puesto que es un País maravilloso.
    Oxala tiene suerte en conseguirlo.
    Cordiales saludos desde Lisboa, Portugal,
    Ben Caiado
    a/as Travel Agent & Operator
    Lisboa, Portugal

  4. ive seen 1st gen boxsters for thousands less and they even have the ims update, $10k is not that great of a deal i could see this car selling for $7500

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