Low Mileage Early Model: 1998 Porsche Boxster – SOLD!

Oct 2021 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Sports Car Saturday

November 5, 2021 Update – We 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 us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

It’s easy to remember when we all first saw the Boxster as a concept car: the familiar egg-like headlights; the multi-piece, polished wheels; the blood orange leather interior. It was an instant classic, even if it never made it into production. This 1998 Porsche Boxster originally listed in October 2021 on Craigslist in Auburn, New Hampshire reminds me very much of that show car that you’d see rotating on a pedestal, except this one you can actually buy with under 50,000 miles and an asking price of $14,500.   Comparing this price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has listed his car with a fair ask in mind, as an “Excellent” specimen is worth $17,000 and a “Good” car worthy of an $11,000 ask.

The Boxster is a fan favorite around these parts, representing exceptional value in the emerging classic car world. Mid-engine design, two-seater layout, rear-wheel drive, and very little in the way of excessive driver aids or other nanny controls. In many ways, the Boxster and 996 911 represent the best of both worlds for a modern sports car that still feels classic in all the right ways while being more than modern enough to drive every day. The later cars obviously brought with them more horsepower and additional equipment to enhance the driving experience, but I love the idea of owning a nicely preserved first-generation Boxster in its purest form, especially the early 2.5L-powered cars that did not have the IMS bearing failure rates of the later models.

The Library of Old Car Ads YouTube Channel provides us with this 1998 Porsche Boxster thirty-second TV spot:

The seller claims he bought his Boxster out of California a few years ago and has since kept it out of the rain and the slop. I believe it, based on the condition we see in the photos. The bodywork looks clean and the interior is exceptional for a car that was actually driven. Plus, you can’t beat that interior color scheme which incorporates what looks like a dark tangerine dash with matching leather seats. The optional twist-style alloys are a terrific OEM upgrade over the standard wheels and the clean trunk area inspires even more confidence in potential buyers that this Boxster is a true survivor. The sad part about these entry-level Porsches becoming more affordable is that many of them show up as neglected specimens; this doesn’t appear to be one of them. Good luck with the purchase if you bring this early California Boxster home!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1998 Porsche Boxster brought from California five years ago. 48,500 miles, always garaged, never driven in winter or in rain. Like new condition, everything functions. Asking $14,500 or best offer. Call Barry.

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