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Platform sharing is now the name of the manufacturing game, but almost thirty years ago when Porsche decided that to survive it would have to go this route, it was an even bigger decision than abandoning air-cooling. The upshot was the 986/996 model range which renewed the eternal 911 and endowed Porsche a with vital and competitive entry level model. Launched in 1996, the Boxster would exceed all expectations at its first facelift, Porsche increased capacity to 2.7 litres and introduced an S model: retailed at 15% more, this offered a larger 3.2 flat six and an altogether more potent 252bhp. Variocam from 2003 helped increase output of the S to 260ps and by then a six-speed was standard with a five ratio Tiptronic option.
WHERE IS IT?
JR Motor Company is just off the A45 at Allesley on the western edge of Coventry. Proprietor and Porsche enthusiast Ian Robertson, whose father also sold cars graduated from Saturday car-washer to working as a technician for Tomwalkinshaw’s TWR. After some years in the US he returned to his native heath, buying the derelict site at Allesley in 2010 and transforming it into JR Motor Company. “It was always a garage: I remember it used to sell Lotuses when I was a schoolboy,” he says. Normally he has fifteen or so Porsches on site with about five more at his workshop or at the wheel refurbisher’s. Preparation is a must for Ian Robertson who says he is as ‘anal’ as many Porsche owners about this: his detailer has just spent four days transforming a grubby 964. JR’S signature is its beautiful clean exhaust tips: as well as polishing the exterior they use a dremel to smooth the inside which is then sprayed with silver paint: a very neat touch. jrmotorcompany.co.uk 02476 679111 CV5 8GB
Unmarked body and high spec interior, torquey 3.2, two owners only and coherent service history.
Plenty of other 3.2s on offer for less money.
A taut, well maintained and nicely appointed S which is both warranted and superbly presented and appears to confirm the old adage ‘you get what you pay for.’