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.
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.
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.
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.