Rare Tiptronic and Design Wheels: 2000 Porsche Boxster

June 22, 2022 Update – The high bid of $5,100 did not meet the seller’s reserve price of $12,900 so we’ve moved this 2000 Porsche Boxster to our “Rides Still Available” Page.  Once registered and logged in, select the green “Buy Now” option to agree to pay the “Buy Now” price of $12,900.

Guys With Rides is pleased to offer this Arena Red 2000 Porsche Boxster Base in a reserve-style online auction on behalf of the current owner.

Bidding Opened Wednesday, June 8, 2022, and continues for 14 consecutive days ending at 6:00 PM Eastern Time Wednesday, June 22, 2022.

This Boxster currently resides in Greenville, South Carolina.

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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 stay 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.

Coinciding with the launch of the Boxster S in 1999, Base Boxsters such as the example featured here received a larger 2.7 Liter flat-six producing 217 horsepower.

The current owners purchased their 2000 Boxster at the end of 2020. During their ownership, they replaced a failed fuel pump. While the convertible top remains original, the sellers had the original cracked rear window replaced.

The nicest feature of this 200o Boxster is the freshly reupholstered seats with less than one hundred miles on the car since they were refurbished.  The sellers report that while the original hides looked good, they were actually hard and brittle from a lack of conditioning. At a cost of nearly $2,000, the replacement hides are the correct Savanna beige with OEM stitching. The only other known modification from stock is the aftermarket Kenwood stereo.

The complimentary CarFax® below documents the car’s regular service and mileage since new.  To review the CarFax, please click on the picture below. When finished, click on your browser’s back button to return back to this listing:

The pre-purchase inspection confirmed this 2000 Porsche Boxster is a low-mileage example that features a fresh battery installed at the time of the inspection.  The picture below contains the Pre-Purchase Inspection completed and prepared days before the start of this auction. To review the Pre-Purchase Inspection, please click on the picture below. When finished, click on your browser’s back button to return back to this listing:

To help you make informed bids, we’re providing a link to Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the Classic Car market, that provides an interactive graph of recent comparable sales in the past year. By clicking on the green dots, you can navigate to each comparable car sold as a way to help you make an educated bid on the car we are featuring for auction here:

If you have any questions about this 2000 Porsche Boxster Base, please leave a comment below or feel free to call Rudy directly at 877-468-6497.  Thank you for looking and happy bidding!

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