Tuner Tuesday: 2007 Porsche Boxster S Ruf 3400

Without a doubt, Ruf is one of the most popular tuners in the world, but enthusiasts draw a strong line in the sand over what can and should be considered a Ruf automobile. For the most part, their enthusiasm generally falls off once the car in question does not carry an official Ruf vin plate. But are there extenuating circumstances that allow some cars to still be considered from the maker? Maybe you can help decide on today’s 2007 Boxster S, a car sporting $43,000 worth of Ruf modifications and available for sale on Ebay:

Year: 2007
Model: Boxster S
Engine: 3.4 liter supercharged flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 24,859 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

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Ten years after the Boxster roadster debuted, it continues on as Porsche’s least expensive model, and remains one of the most thrilling cars on the road for the dollar.Two engines are offered, with a horizontally opposed six-cylinder 2.7L engine appearing on the base Boxster and a 3.4L version of the same engine found in the Boxster S. The smaller engine produces 245 horsepower, while the S has 295 horsepower on hand. Both powerplants use VarioCam technology for 2007 to vary both the valve timing and the valve lift on the intake camshaft. The result is increased power and improved fuel efficiency.The base Boxster has a five-speed manual transmission with a manual six-speed optional. The S gets the six-speed standard, and both models can opt for a five-speed Tiptronic transmission with gear selectors mounted behind the steering wheel.A mid-engined design gives the car a low polar moment of inertia, which enables the Boxster to navigate turns with a nimbleness that has to be experienced to be believed. The extra oomph of the S is helpful when putting the power down coming out of the corner, but the basic Boxster is also a highly entertaining and exceptionally capable vehicle.The Boxster is very well equipped, with heated power mirrors, power leather seats, power windows and locks, an alarm system, and automatic climate control. The Boxster S adds heated windshield wiper fluid, aluminum interior trim, and an anti-theft system. Mote importantly, the S has bigger brakes (the same as are found on the 911), dual exhaust, larger wheels, a tuned suspension, and performance tires to help maximize the 3.4L’s ample power.The power cloth top stows quickly, and can be lowered while driving up to 30 mph. Unusual options on the Boxster include adaptive sport seats that adjust the amount of bolster support, an automatic rear spoiler, ceramic brakes, and a fire extinguisher. A host of wheels and color schemes are available, as are more typical luxury items, such as heated seats, enhanced audio systems, xenon headlights, and a navigation system.

2007 Boxster S/Ruf 3400K Ruf Automobile GmbH, located in Pfaffenhausen Germany, is the largest and most respected manufacturer of enhancements for Porsche cars and is recognized as an automobile manufacturer by the German government. Ruf cars are noted for their performance coupled with Porsche factory levels of refinement and reliability. Ruf cars can be purchased as either a Ruf built car, and carry a Ruf VIN or a Porsche can be modified by Ruf in which case it would carry a Porsche VIN. Due to California smog and licensing issues, this 2007 Boxster S/Ruf carries a Porsche VIN. The car was purchased new in August 2007 and shipped to Ruf USA (then in Dallas, Texas) for installation of the Ruf 3400K drivetrain, the Ruf package for the 987 Porsche Cayman/ Boxsters. The modifications include the addition of a supercharger, reduced compression ratio, larger oil cooler and larger coolant radiators. Ruf lists the ouput of the 3400K as 400HP however, a few Ruf employees have indicated that the real output is more like 440 HP. This car sure feels like it! This car has a limited slip differential, Ruf instrumentation, steering wheel, springs, short shifter and other details. The total cost of the Ruf enhancements was $43K. In Porsche’s product offering, the Turbos provide the best straight line performance and the mid engined Boxster/Cayman, the best handling. The Ruf modified Boxster combines the best of both, Turbo levels of straight line performance with Boxster/Cayman handling. Finished in silver with black leather sport seats, this very rare car is in mint condition and was owned from new by a 64 year old Porsche enthusiast. Complete service records are provided. Please send message through ebay for additional pictures and information. Non Smoker, Clean title, One Owner Clean Carfax, No Track Days, Two Keys, Car Cover, Owners Manual, Original Window Sticker, photos taken during upgrades and Ruf invoice provided.

With a healthy bump in power to near-Turbo levels, this supercharged convertible sure should have the go to match the name; but while the car sports a Ruf badge and some of the goodies, a few important details are missing. For example, the 3400K ran a unique and much more aggressive from bumper which mimics it’s bigger brother GT3’s nose. This carries to the back where the Ruf redesigned rear bumper cover is also missing. Critical for me, though, are those missing Ruf alloys, one of the best traits of the breed. They’ve been replaced by some high quality Fikses – which I’m okay with – that are painted black – which I’m not okay with. But, as I’m not likely to buy this car that’s perhaps a bit non-sequitur.

Despite these missing details, the condition of the cars and the lower miles are both as impressive as the performance of these cars. Pricing on a normal Boxster S of this vintage would generally be high 20s to low 30s, and the opening bid on this car is $45,000. Unsurprisingly it’s failed to get much attention at that price point though it’s likely a good deal when you consider the original pricing on the 3400K was north of $100,000. Still, without the Ruf vin and with some key Ruf details missing, it’s just a stealthy and expensive Boxster to me.

-Carter

Convertible Week: 1999 Porsche Boxster

After the demise of the front engine 928 and 968 in 1995, Porsche went a different direction with their new offering, the Boxster. Designed to bring Porsche ownership within the reach of a broader customer base, the Boxster had a mid-mounted, flat six engine which made packaging a bit of a challenge. While the car offered two trunks, access to the engine was limited, with most servicing having to be carried out from underneath. Not a car for the faint of heart do it yourselfer, then.

Today early Boxsters can be had for economy car money, discounting the obvious maintenance costs. This Boxster for sale in Missouri has low mileage for its year and is on offer at a fraction of its original price.

Year: 1999
Model: Boxster
Engine: 2.5 liter flat six
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 26,500 mi
Price: $13,995 Buy It Now

1999 Porsche Boxster on eBay

Excellent condition 1999 Porsche Boxster. Super low miles! Just in time for summer top down fun! Maintenance up to date. Synthetic oil! Contact me for further info!

One problem with the Boxster is the inevitable comparison to its bigger brother. People will almost always ask, “why didn’t you go for a 911?” Also, the Boxster has a bit of the hairdresser’s car syndrome, albeit not as profound as the BMW Z3/Z4 or Mercedes-Benz SLK. Given the mileage, this Boxster is reasonably priced and its black and red color combination is one of the better ones, in my opinion. You can expect to pay around $10,000 to $14,000 for a lower mileage non S variant. The more powerful Boxster S can wind up fetching a few thousand more dollars on average.

-Paul

Ferrari Sound for Boxster Money: 2004 Porsche Boxster S

Hello all, it has been awhile and I have missed the banter.  I have not been able to keep up my regular contributions as my budding little European auto business is taking up more and more of my time, and sanity.  That does not mean that I don’t run into the occasional gem every now and again.

Case in point, during my daughter’s soccer practice her coach pulled into the parking lot in what sounded like something very Italian.  Imagine my surprise when the culprit turned out to be a ’04 Porsche Boxster S.  I complimented him on his choice of transport and he responded with, “thanks, know anyone that wants it?”  Turns out, like many of us, he has gotten to the point where a two seat vehicle and a growing family are not a good match.

One Owner 2004 Porsche Boxster S:

Some more details on the car –

“One owner 2004 Porsche Boxster S finished in Arctic Silver Metallic over black leather interior.  51k cared for miles with a clean title and CARFAX, all maintenance is current.

Equipped with AM/FM CD Bose Sound, power windows and locks, keyless entry, heated seats, cruise control, Litronic lighting, and more.  Performance highlights include a six speed manual transmission, four wheel disc brakes on drilled rotors, and the fantastic 3.2 six cylinder motor that delivers a great deal of performance throughout the entire power band.

This Boxster also has several performance modifications.  This includes double spoke NHR wheels with spacers on all four corners.  The car has a lower stance and even better ride than stock with it’s K Sport lowering kit.  This Boxster also has NHP headers, high flow 20″ catalytic converters from Jeggs, a Borla exhaust, and a Evoms intake to help everything breathe better.

All stock parts come with this Porsche.  Overall this Boxster is a joy to drive and sounds even better than it looks.”

Is it just me or does this Boxster look a great deal like the Maisto replica of the Boxster concept car?  It’s really a neat car, well kept with the only flaw being a rip in the driver’s side bolster.  Something that I am fixing as we speak.  We are asking $26.9k, open to reasonable offers.

In the meantime you all take care, hope to chat you up soon.  I am off to save a ’95 540 that has been rotting in a friend’s carport for the past few years.

~Aaron.

 

2001 Porsche Boxster S For Sale with Tasteful Modifications

Paul spotted this one on his local Craigslist. He recalls seeing it at this years Sunriver Exotic Car Show and says it looks excellent in person.

2001 Porsche Boxster S For Sale on Eugene Craigslist

quote from seller’s Craigslist posting:

2001 Porsche Boxster S
Always garage kept
Only 23,000 total miles
Asking $25,000

– “S” Model With 6sp Transmission
– Rare Sport Seat Option With Side Bolsters
– Sport Design Interior Package Option
– Heated Leather Seats Option
– 030 Sport Suspension Package Option
– (PSM) Porsche Traction Control Option
– Stereo Upgrade Option

– Gemballa Taillights
– Romulus Exhaust
– H&R Sport Springs
– B&M Sport Short Shifter
– Rennline Aluminum Pedals
– Rennline Extinguisher Mount

– New factory replaced engine under warranty @ 8k Miles in 2004
– New coolant expansion tank & hoses this year
– Full mechanical inspection 4K miles ago, this car is in mechanically perfect condition.

The pictures say it all, this sucker looks very aggressive but not over the top. The stance is fantastic. Take note of all the rare factory options too like the sport seats, 030 suspension, and interior package. And some of these aftermarket goodies are not easy to get or accordingly pricey to buy. With the options, add-on’s, and the low miles… that might equal $25k. I’d be sold right now if it had the hardtop to match.

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Porsches For Sale Right Now That Look Like Good Value: 911SC and Boxster

I featured a couple of BMW‘s models that are worth keeping an eye on for good value, but how about some Porsches.

Porsche 911SC

Ask any air cooled 911 owner what the best value in the range is, and 9 times out of 10, they’ll tell you to consider the Porsche 911SC from 78-83. Visually, it’s nearly identical to the later Carrera which commands quite a bit more cash, yet still retains a modern-classic look with body details that dates back to 74. And it’s no slouch with around 180hp. I’ve had the pleasure of driving my good friend Paul’s 1980 911sc on numerous occasions.

Here are a couple I spotted surfing Craigslist that caught my eye.

1980 Porsche 911sc Sweet Condition. Red Rocket! – $18900 (Boise, 85k miles)

1979 Porsche 911sc – $16500 (Eugene, 97k miles)

Early Porsche Boxster

Watch the reviews and it’s obvious the Boxster is a classic already. With prices well under $20k for well equipped models, they’re a serious consideration if you’re in the market for a sporty drop top.

2000 Porsche Boxster with only 46k miles – $16500 (Seattle)

1999 Porsche Boxster – $17000 (Beaverton, Oregon, 38k miles)

I had started a Porsche Boxster S FAQ at my old blog, but it’s still worth referencing for any early Boxster purchase. My buddy Paul tells me working on these cars is a PITA, but damn, it’s hard not deny the appeal and versatility of these cars.

As with any car I’d seriously consider buying, I’d do a Pre-Purchase Inspection and CarFax history report to begin the background check. But for under $20k you have your choice of either a classic 911 or a modern-classic Boxster to fulfill the Porsche fantasy.

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