TRIED&TESTED VALUE AT A GLANCE Condition Price Performance Overall
With roving tyre kicker, Kieron Fennelly
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