Nicht Silber: 1997 Porsche Boxster 60K Mile Survivor – SOLD!
When Porsche first launched its new Boxster, a staggering forty percent of buyers opted for the Arctic Silver hue featured on the original concept car. Luckily, the remaining sixty percent dared to be different and picked a less popular color such as this Arena Red Metallic over full gray leather 1997 example listed on Craigslist in Newtown, Pennsylvania with a stated 61,381 original miles with an asking price of $8,900. Researching the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has his Boxster priced $300 below the current #3 “Good” estimate of $9,200.
The car that saved Porsche. While today the brand continues to perform very well and now offers six model lines, people either forget or are too young to know that by the early 90’s the company was on brink of financial ruin with only three dated models (the last air-cooled 993 911, the 928, and the 968 version of the twenty-year-old 924 made woefully uncompetitive due to an unfavorable exchange rate and a very expensive, virtually hand-built manufacturing process across three distinct model lines.
Porsche Executive Horst Marchant held the belief that more efficient manufacturing and higher sales volume were the keys to having the brand staying afloat. His idea was to have two different models that could be designed using many of the same front-end components. This would save money because the A-pillar forward is where most of the development costs of an automobile are incurred.
The entry model, volume leader would be the Boxster. Designed alongside the 911, it had to share quite a bit with the upcoming water-cooled 996. Several engine designs were considered, including four-cylinder units, but in the end, a version of the “New Generation” flat-six was used for the Boxster. It was similar to the unit eventually released in the water-cooled 996 version of the 911 but displaced 2.5 liters in a mid-engine layout instead of the 3.4 of the 996 911 which was still placed in the rear of the car.
Grant Larson’s design, inspired by Porsche’s 356 Cabriolet, Speedster, and 550 Spyder, was such a huge hit when it premiered at the North American International Auto Show in January 1993 that development work began immediately to get the car into production by the end of 1996 for the 1997 model year. Unlike the bare-bones cars that inspired its design, the modern 986 Boxster was a comfortable and convenient sports car owners could drive every day. Early demand was so great that Porsche had to contract manufacturing to Valmet in Finland once production of the new 996 911 began one year later.
Here’s Porsche’s launch video of the car that we still love to watch.
Unlike the 1999 through 2008 vintage Porsches, this early Boxster’s 2.5 Liter featured a double-row Intermediate Shaft (“IMS”) bearing that has a very low failure rate that doesn’t require the immediate attention of the later cars. Since the seller mentions a recent clutch and flywheel replacement, you can ask whether the IMS was looked and/or replaced at that point as well just as a precaution. Cosmetically, this Boxster appears to have the upgraded full leather dash and door panels, both of which present well. The only thing we would address immediately is the faded and crack front grills. These are an easy replacement and provides a good reason to remove the bumper and clean out debris around the radiators. As long as a pre-purchase inspection doesn’t find any serious defects and the original owner can provide all of the maintenance records since his Boxster was new, you’ll be buying a fun and practical Boxster that gains you entrance to the Porsche Club of America. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“Great looking ’97 Porsche Boxster just in time for summer!!!
This convertible Porsche with only 61k original miles runs and drives great! It’s fun, has good power and handles like you’d expect from Porsche. There are no mechanical issues. It has a brand new inspection good until June 2021. You can see from the dash pic that the car is running and no warning lights are on. The clutch & flywheel were just replaced 1k miles ago at a cost of over $2,500. I recently added ECS wheel spacers, a Schnell short shifter & a new battery. Tires & brakes are good. Wheels have some road rash. The paint has good shine. There is the usual wear and tear that comes with age, but overall it looks good. I’m including a factory match paint touch up kit as well. The interior is also in good condition with no tears or cracks. It has an aftermarket FM/CD/DVD/NAV unit with 7″ retractable screen and includes Bluetooth for music streaming and hands free calling. It has a license plate frame radar detector with remote control. I’m also including a car cover with the Porsche logo that’s fitted specifically to the car.
I’m providing copies of both the clean Carfax report and clean Experian AutoCheck report showing maintenance records and that it’s never been in an accident or had any type of questionable history. The average AutoCheck scores for a premium sports car of the same age range from 54 to 69…this car is rated a 78. It’s a solid car that’s perfect for summer. Serious inquiries only please.
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