TRIED&TESTED VALUE AT A GLANCE Con­di­tion Price Per­for­mance Over­all

With rov­ing tyre kicker, Kieron Fen­nelly

911 Porsche World - - Practical Porsche - 911 & Porsche World’s

It has been ap­par­ent for some time that used 986/987 Boxster prices are on the up, and while I was looking around to see what the old­est and cheap­est ex­am­ples had to of­fer I was in­trigued to come across this 1998 model priced at over £8000. Phil Raby’s ex­am­ple has the orig­i­nal 2.5 en­gine, the beefier 3.2‘S’ not ap­pear­ing un­til a cou­ple of years later. A seem­ingly lit­tle used 986, which cov­ered 20,000 miles in its first two years and then av­er­aged a lit­tle over 1000 miles/year ever since might be ex­pected to be in good shape and it is: the yel­low paint­work has good lus­tre and is largely un­marked and there is noth­ing to sug­gest whole­sale re­spray­ing or at­ten­tion to the body. At the rear a neat fixed spoiler is a dis­tin­guish­ing fea­ture. The hood, un­blem­ished ex­cept for a slight nick, needs a brush, but has none of the verdi­gris of a car that has lived out­doors and the rear screen is still rea­son­ably clear. The in­te­rior has the at­trac­tive ruf­fled leather seat op­tion and the leather ex­tends to the dash which has a full cli­mate con­trol rather than the more usual cold air a/c. The ab­sence of wear on the leather steer­ing wheel and gearshift fur­ther con­firm this Boxster’s quiet life. The hood mech­a­nism works cor­rectly, need­ing only man­ual in­ter­ven­tion with latch­ing to the wind­screen.

The ser­vice record shows the orig­i­nal Au­gust 1998 sales price of £36,500 and a se­ries of stamps from PC Sil­ver­stone. New ig­ni­tion coils and a new cat­a­lyst were fit­ted in Novem­ber 2016 and Raby has sub­jected the Boxster to a full ser­vice. Tyres are half-worn Conti Sports at the rear and third-worn Bridge­stones on the front, and with a fresh MOT this Boxster is all set for the open road. Mated to a five-speed the 2.5 is sur­pris­ingly torquey, the gear ra­tios well cho­sen and roof down this is real sports car mo­tor­ing. If the ac­cel­er­a­tion is not quite kick-in-the­back, the 986 is as brisk as you would want and sixty mph feels ex­actly that. The new front roll­bar no doubt con­trib­utes to the ex­em­plary steer­ing, and to­gether with its ride qual­ity and damp­ing, this is where the early Boxster, still sat­is­fy­ingly ana­logue, is so dif­fer­ent from sports cars of yore. Re­sponse to the driver’s right foot would no doubt im­prove with the reg­u­lar use this 986 has long been de­prived of, but the flat-six is ea­ger enough and, for a blat around Sus­sex’s coun­try lanes, it’s tremen­dous. A fu­ture clas­sic, as its ven­dor sug­gests? Per­haps that is a lit­tle op­ti­mistic, but for 8k or so here is an au­then­tic flat-six Porsche, un­worn and nicely op­tioned that is just ask­ing to be driven. PW

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