The Porsche 986 is the internal designation for the first generation Boxster, a mid-engine two-seater roadster built by German automobile manufacturer Porsche. Introduced in late 1996, the Boxster, based on the 1993 Boxster Concept, was Porsche's first road vehicle to be originally designed as a roadster since the 550 Spyder. Powered by a 2.5-litre flat six-cylinder engine, the base model was upgraded to a 2.7-litre engine in the year 2000 and a new Boxster S variant was introduced with a 3.2-litre engine. In 2003, styling and engine output was upgraded on both variants.
The Boxster was Porsche's biggest volume seller from its introduction in 1996 until the introduction of the Cayenne sport utility vehicle in 2003.
The Boxster's name is derived from the word "boxer", referring to the vehicle's flat or "boxer" engine, and the word "roadster", referring to the vehicle's two-seater capacity and convertible top. The Boxster was released ahead of the more expensive 911 (internal designation 996) and has the same bonnet, front wings, headlights, interior and engine architecture as that model.
The 986 Boxster uses the M96, a water-cooled, horizontally opposed ("flat"), six-cylinder engine. It was Porsche's first water-cooled non-front engine. In the Boxster, it is placed mid-engine, while in the 911, the traditional rear-engine layout is used. The engines used in the Boxster are low displacement versions of the 3.4-litre Flat-6 found in the 996 Carrera. The mid-engine layout provides a low centre of gravity, near-perfect weight distribution, and neutral handling. The engines had a number of failures, resulting in cracked or slipped cylinder liners, which were resolved by a minor redesign and better control of the casting process in late 1999. A failure for these early engines was a spate of porous engine blocks, as the manufacturer had difficulty in the casting process. In addition to causing problems with coolant and oil systems mingling fluids, it also resulted in Porsche's decision to repair faulty engines by boring out the cast sleeves on the cylinders where defects were noted in production and inserting new sleeves rather than scrapping the engine block. Normally, the cylinder walls are cast at the same time as the rest of the engine, this being the reason for adopting the casting technology.
The model received a minor facelift in 2002. The plastic rear window was replaced by a smaller glass window with a heating element. The interior received a glove compartment, new electro-mechanical hood and trunk release mechanism (with an electronic emergency release in the fuse box panel) and an updated steering wheel. Porsche installed a reworked exhaust pipe and air intake. In addition, the front headlight's amber indicators were replaced with clear indicators. The rear light cluster was also changed with translucent grey turn signals replacing the amber ones. The side marker lights on the front wings were changed as well from amber to clear, except on American market cars where they remained amber. The bumpers were also changed slightly for a more defined, chiseled appearance, and new wheel designs were made available.
Here we have an extremely well-treated example of the later 986 3.2 litre Boxster S. Fitted with manual gearbox and with full service history this car has it all. The bodywork has just been treated to a G-Techniq ceramic coating which provides excellent hydrophobic qualities and dust and grime prevention meaning that you can go longer without needing to give it a wash. It also gives the car gleaming paintwork that looks as good as the day it left the factory if not better. There is no known impact damage to the vehicle, and no known history of any accident damage and presents really very well indeed. It has also just had its original 18 inch 911 5 spoke alloys fully refurbished. Tyres are only a couple of thousand miles old and still have plenty of tread. Supplied with a 12 month warranty this car is ready to go! Viewings by appointment only.
The leather seats and interior cabin present very well indeed, clearly well maintained and there are no known faults or issues with the interior.
Over the years the things that tend to fail or need replacement such as the gearbox and brake pipes that tend to corrode have all been replaced, and with a recent major service including belts and brake fluid change by Porsche experts at Northway Porsche in Reading, this car wants for nothing. Northway Porsche also only recently replaced the gearbox with a far lower mileage and better condition gearbox as the previous owner had the common second gear fail, so a new to the car gearbox was fitted by the experts at Northway Porsche. The only thing that will need doing at some point are the brakes which are approx 80% worn so still have some good life in them yet and could last another few thousand miles or so dependant on use.
This car has always been maintained to a very high standard regardless of cost, this shows after a recent conversation with Northway Porsche who have been instructed with the maintenance and any repair work on this car. They commented that this car is in very good condition and that a lot of what they would expect to see may need to be done on these models has already been done. So that should give you the peace of mind to know what you are getting with this lovely example of the 986 Boxster S.
Vehicle Specification / Options
Option codes fitted:
XX1 - Leather edged floor mats with Porsche script.
197 - Stronger battery.
239 - Internal production code related to tyres.
411 - 18" 996.2 Carrera wheels.
424 - CD compartment.
441 - Radio preparation.
476 - PSM Porsche Stability Management.
490 - Sound system (Harmann analog).
502 - Produced at Valmet plant in Uusikaupunki, Finland.
567 - Top-tinted windscreen.
571 - Activated charcoal filter.
573 - Automatic air conditioning.
697 - CD-radio Becker Porsche CDR-23.
946 - Leather seats with leatherette rear side.
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