The Porsche Boxster is a popular model from the German automaker that has been around since 1996. The two-seater roadster includes mid-engine placement and rear-wheel drive and was the first car the company designed to be a roadster since the introduction of the 550 Spyder in the 1950s. Porsche brought out the Boxster at a time when the company had hit a rough patch. The model was just what they needed, as it proved to be a hit with both buyers and critics. The Boxster was the first completely new design in decades and it was available at a reasonable price. Both factors contributed greatly to its popularity.
For its first generation, the Boxster included a water-cooled, flat six-cylinder engine, mid-mounted. The mid-engine design gave the Boxster good weight distribution and excellent handling. Unfortunately there were some flaws in these early engines, but Porsche worked out the kinks within the first few years.
The first generation Boxster, known as the 986, was replaced in 2004 by the updated 987. Updates included increased displacement in the engine and a resulting bump in power output. Styling remained largely unchanged, but some minor alterations to the body left the new Boxster resembling the Carrera more than its predecessor had. The third generation of the Boxster, the 981, debuted in 2012 with updates to the engine and transmission, a new chassis, a new body, and a lower weight.
Porsche has made several special editions of the Boxster over the years. In 2004, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 550 Spyder, the company released 1,953 units of a 550 based on the Boxster. It included a special paint job and interior, Carrera wheels, a high-end sound system, and an optional sport suspension. The RS60 Spyder was another limited edition car that came out in 2007 to commemorate the 1960 Porsche win in the 12 Hours of Sebring.
Today the Boxster is still in production and in its third generation. Consumers continue to appreciate the affordability of the model, which allows more people access to the legendary Porsche engineering and design. As a collectible car, the Boxster is gaining in popularity. An early used Boxster is a good starter model for a collector just getting started in classic, foreign cars. Prices are affordable and there are plenty of parts available for making repairs and updates.