Porsche Boxster (986) at 25 - a retrospective

Back in 1995 Porsche was in a mess. The flagship 928 GTS was at the end of the line and selling very poorly. While the 928 remains my favourite Porsche by miles, it cannot be denied that it had seen little in the way of modernising investment since the introduction of the GTS in 1992. It was emblematic of the problems with the production car model range. What could be done to stem the losses and modernise? The Boxster (986) - that's what. Officially, 164,875 Porsche Boxster (986) vehicles were produced across the range of models between model year 1997 and 2004 - saving the company and its brand from an uncertain future and paving the way for modern production practices.

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Gran Turismo

In 1977, the Porsche 928 came onto the market with a bang. A Gran Turismo with a futuristic yet timeless design. This touring sports car of a bygone era has bequeathed its DNA to the Panamera. And in particular the Panamera Turbo. We take to the road with these soulmates. 

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2004 Cayenne Turbo — Sold

Porsche Cayenne Turbo Basalt Black, April 2004 — Sold

Sadly, its time for my April 2004 cayenne turbo to go so if anyone is interested it is , 156k but absolutely FPSH (!) and in Basalt Black, We've loved it but its now someone elses turn - what a weapon it is. It has a new battery, recent service at Porsche Service Centre Brooklands wheee I bought it. - MOT advisories on disks (they are fine), decent tyres, wheels need a refurb but not buckled, everything works except needs AC gas, Sat Nav, DVD, Black leather, servotronic fixed (thanks to the 928 list), 6 months MOT. More details on request, I love this car but it is time for me to move on. Private Sale

2004 Cayenne Turbo
2004 Porsche Cayenne Turbo, FPSH, Basalt Black

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Cayenne Turbo - you may say to yourself, "My God! What have I done?"

And you may ask yourself, "Where is that large automobile?"

Apologies to the Talking Heads whose lyrics are never more prescient. I don't have a Porsche V8 anymore. First time for over 20 years. It is quite hard to put into words what I feel about selling my Cayenne Turbo. Yes it went to a good home. Yes it was the right decision to make for me at that moment when I decided it was time for it to go. Yes it made sense to me. But emotionally. No. I loved it. I loved everything about it. I loved the DNA from the 928. I loved the story around its development. I loved the Turbo. Everything.

Back in 2004 we went on holiday to Florida. On our way to our hotel from Miami, we stopped for lunch at a really nice burger joint in a smart town if I remember correctly. Anyway, on the way back to the car we passed a bookshop. A car oriented bookshop. I popped in and came out with a book about the Porsche Cayenne and its development. The book chronicled the introduction of the Porsche Cayenne, Porsche's first Sport Utility Vehicle. Clearly officially sanctioned, the publication was full of details about the development of the Porsche supercar SUV with hundreds of colour photographs, much like Project 928 (Amazon UK) for the Porsche 928. It covered all the launch models of the Cayenne, including the S and Turbo. I read it from cover to cover on that holiday and still have it. It was 50 bucks then but is far more expensive now at £400 from Amazon.

The Cayenne, I reasoned at the time, was the car for me. This was the car that represented Porsche’s ambition for the V8 and for the future. A Porsche SUV. All the Porsche 928 DNA in a more practical and top of the range package. The Cayenne Turbo. It was the only one to have.

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Project 928 (a vehicle not the book) — Sold

Iris Blue 1987 928 S4 Auto — Sold in less than 24 hours

This car has not run for 15 years & has stood outside during that time. It’s not for the faint-hearted or purists amongst you, who will tut-tut. Clearly, I’m no enthusiast & the neglect embarrasses me but, please, no lectures – I know! As can be imagined, the paint is poor, although all panels are solid without any dents etc. The car would require lots of work. It ran fine previously & is complete - all parts are present. Frankly, though, I have no idea what would need to be done to get it running again. The car has widened rear arches & Artec alloys (18 x 10 rear, 18 x 8 front) that are in great nic. It has a dateless private no-plate, & IF the car was MOT’d, is worth something ( I’m pretty sure I was offered £1,500 for the reg 20 years ago.) I am soon to move house & need to do something with the car. I thought I’d post on here to see if it’s of any use to one of you guys, before I go to the dreaded ebay. Private Sale

Porsche 928 S4 for sale
Porsche 928 S4 for sale


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