Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - ClassicCarsForSale.co.uk - Gil­lian Car­moodie

EN­GINE 2687cc/flat-6/DOHC POWER 220bhp@6400rpm TORQUE 192lb ft@4750rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 155mph 0-60MPH 6.6sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 18-35mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, 5-speed man MoT Septem­ber 2017 ODOME­TER 125,977 miles WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?

Han­dling is as tight and pre­cise dur­ing low speed ma­noeu­vres as it is dur­ing higher speed cor­ner­ing, and ac­cel­er­a­tion is sharp but smooth through­out the rev range. The gear­box al­lows easy se­lec­tion, the clutch is firm and jud­der-free, and brakes slow the car quickly with no pulling to ei­ther side. The sus­pen­sion gen­er­ates no creaks or rat­tles over road im­per­fec­tions and there’s no no­tice­able scut­tle shake. The ex­haust shows no smoke on start-up, whether warm or cold.


The sil­ver paint is largely un­blem­ished apart from a small crack to the front bumper just be­neath the offside in­di­ca­tor and a tiny paint chip on the near­side door mir­ror hous­ing. Win­dow rub­bers are in good con­di­tion and the elec­tric hood raises and low­ers smoothly and quickly. There’s no ob­vi­ous cor­ro­sion to the cen­tral twin ex­hausts and the wheels are un­dam­aged and shod with tyres sport­ing a good amount of tread. There’s a tiny nick out of the rear ‘Boxster’ badge, but it’s only vis­i­ble un­der close scru­tiny.


This car’s time­warp in­te­rior is in very good con­di­tion, with no stains or im­per­fec­tions on the carpets or door­cards. The black leather seats are plump and sup­port­ive and look un­worn. The di­als be­have as they should and the elec­tric seat and win­dow switches func­tion per­fectly. The un­der­side of the hood dis­plays no sign of damp, mould or wa­ter dam­age and the dash­board has no cracks or dis­colour­ing. Else­where, the orig­i­nal ra­dio and Porsche CR-22 me­dia player – com­plete with Bose speakers – work per­fectly.


Like many mid-en­gined cars, ac­cess to the Boxster’s flat-six en­gine is rather tricky – you’ll need to bur­row into the bay by half-low­er­ing the roof and re­mov­ing the fid­dly ac­cess pan­els un­der­neath. But once they’re out of the way, what’s in­side ap­pears to be quite tidy – if rather dusty – with no ap­par­ent leaks. All flu­ids look healthy and are to the cor­rect lev­els. The sus­pen­sion joints have re­cently been re­placed, like­wise the brake discs and pads. The wa­ter tem­per­a­ture re­mains steady through­out, even af­ter an en­thu­si­as­tic drive, and there are no sus­pi­ciously ‘hot’ smells at tick­over. Ser­vice his­tory is com­pre­hen­sive and shows that its last ser­vice was car­ried out 2000 miles ago.


Some might not yet con­sider the Boxster to be a clas­sic, but this one meets all the cri­te­ria to all-but guar­an­tee it clas­sic sta­tus. It’s in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion in­side and out and has clearly been well cared for. If you are look­ing for a mod­ern clas­sic to en­joy right now or tuck away as a po­ten­tial fu­ture in­vest­ment, this more re­cent Porsche is well worth a closer look.

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