Concours Capable: 2001 Porsche Boxster S – SOLD!

Nov 2020 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Sports Car Saturday

Update – we just confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call Rudy directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

While it’s no secret we’re huge fans of Porsche’s mid-engine 986 vintage Boxster, we generally pass on silver-painted versions (even the vanity plates on our ’98 Boxter read “Not Silver” Auf Deutsch).  However, this 29K original mile “S” version with a Metropol Blue full leather interior and matching convertible top originally listed in November 2020 on Craigslist near South River, New Jersey has us wanting to make it our new in the Boxster/Cayman division of the Porsche Club’s Concours events.   Comparing this price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has their S properly priced between the #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $17,900 and the #3 “Good” estimate of $11,200.

The car that saved Porsche.  While the famed German Brand enjoys growing success today, in the mid-nineties a very strong Deutsch Mark combined with high priced, essentially hand-built products had the company flirting with financial ruin.  To turn the company’s fortunes around, Porsche launched its all-new mid-engined, water-cooled, flat-six powered, sports car in the fall of 1996 at a very affordable $40,000 price point.  The original base Boxster was an immediate hit for Porsche with one of the few complaints being the 201 horsepower 2.5 Liter flat six not having enough power.  Porsche answered the call in 1999 with the Boxster S.  These upgraded models feature a 3.2 Liter flat-six producing about 50 more horsepower than the base model.  2001 was the last model year of the original 986 design before a mid-cycle refresh came along for the 2002 model year that saw the convertible top’s rear window converted from plastic to glass and a major interior upgrade.

Back in 2001 when Richard Hammond was still a reporter on Men and Motors, he made this report on whether it made sense to save and sacrifice a bit more to be able to buy an “S” version of the Porsche Boxster versus the base:

While we agree with the original owner’s assessment their Boxster S is pristine, we disagree with their assertion their car “needs nothing.”  Specifically, since they do not note in their listing, we’re assuming their Boxster continues to rely on its original single-row Intermediate Shaft (“IMS”) bearing. Since these are a known failure point on these cars, we highly recommend having an aftermarket unit installed immediately to protect your purchase.  To the private seller’s credit, this $2,500 expense (our estimate includes a new clutch since you may as well replace it while you have the transmission out) is already factored in the price given the condition of the balance of this otherwise like-new Boxster.  As with any Porsches we feature on GuysWithRides, we highly recommend executed a pre-purchase inspection that provides peace of mind on your investment.  Our only other fear with this example is the possibility of having to compete against it should the next caretaker decide to enter it into Concours competition.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“A pristine Boxster S with only 29,000 miles. Arctic Silver over Metropol Blue leather, with a factory paint-matched center console. It’s been with its original owner until summer 2020. Needs nothing. Runs and drives like new – the condition fully reflects the mileage and long-term one-owner history.  This is not a $10K car, so please don’t make silly offers or ask “my best price”. If you’re looking for a great Boxster S, this one won’t disappoint.  If the ad is up, the car is available. Thanks for looking.”

Would you Concours this Boxster S or just drive it?  Comment below and let us know!


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