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BACK­GROUND

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

FOR

Un­marked body and high spec in­te­rior, torquey 3.2, two own­ers only and co­her­ent ser­vice his­tory.

AGAINST

Plenty of other 3.2s on of­fer for less money.

VERDICT

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.’

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