2002 PORSCHE BOXSTER
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.
HOW’S THE INTERIOR?
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.
UNDER THE BONNET
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.
THE CCW VIEW
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.