Porsche Boxster: The Practically Free Sportscar (review)

Porsche 718 Boxster (image source: Porsche)

When I wrote about Robert McGowan’s book Porsche 911: The Practically Free Supercar last year, I was impressed by his arguments about the affordability of the 911. However, I did have a niggling doubt — the 911 is a serious supercar. Owning and running one is always going to be beyond the reach of many of us, especially as the car’s popularity as a collectable has seen prices escalate over the last decade or so.

Robert’s latest book addresses this doubt. In Porsche Boxster: The Practically Free Sportscar, Robert explains why if you want a really affordable Porsche sportscar, you should almost certainly end up looking at Boxsters.

Well-maintained, these models will hold their value far better than most mass-produced model cars. Therein lies the opportunity to own a car for free — apart from running costs, Robert believes you may well get most of your car’s purchase price back when you sell it.

Why you want a Boxster – and what to buy

Introduced in 1997, the two-seater, mid-engined Boxster is a genuine Porsche sportscar — but it’s a different beast to the 911. Lighter, simpler, cheaper and (arguably) easier to drive, a used Boxster is accessible for ordinary mortals in a way that a 911 just isn’t.

Decent Boxster examples can be bought for Ford Focus money and — as Porsches — they should prove reliable and usable as long as they’re correctly maintained.

In this new book, Robert runs through the details of the Boxster range, from the original 986 through to the latest 718. He covers engine variants, specification differences, potential problems and provides guide prices for each of the models.

The book also includes details of running costs and maintenance tasks that a competent DIYer might choose to do themselves. Although in my opinion, you’d want to be fairly confident before carrying out DIY maintenance on a Porsche.

My top tip for maintaining the value of these wonderful cars would be to find a decent independent specialist you can trust to look after your pride and joy. I’d view that as money well spent. Indeed, if you compare the hourly rate of decent specialists with the rates main stealers dealers charge for servicing cheaper mass-produced brands, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Should you buy this book? If you’re even slightly interested in the idea of owning a Porsche Boxster, then I’d say this book would be an excellent starting point.

Book details (buy on Amazon =>)

Title: Porsche Boxster: The Practically Free Sportscar
Author: Robert McGowan
ISBN: 979-8672377872

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