It seems like I’m often talking about what the best performance deal going in German cars is. That’s partially because I’m not partial to paying the “what’s new” tax on the biggest and baddest new car. Personally, I’d prefer to let someone else take the substantial depreciation hit and when it’s no longer new, swoop in for what’s still (to me) a pretty new car in good shape. The other part, though, is that I’m not flush with cash; perhaps if I had limitless resources I’d be at the Porsche or Audi dealership every other year signing on a new car. Regardless, there’s a huge contingent of our readership that I believe is in a similar situation to me – hence why we tend to look at older, more affordable (most of the time) models that represent good value, performance or collectability for a more modest investment. That brings us to the car at hand; in this post’s case, a 2005 Porsche Boxster. 2005 was early into the 987 production, having replaced the 986 in 2004. By most peoples’ measure, the 987 was a better looking car, mimicking many of the styling cues of the 997 as the 986 had mimicked the 996. Performance was also improved from some new motors, including an upgraded 3.4 liter engine in the S producing nearly 300 horsepower. That motor, however, did not appear until 2007 – meaning the top-tier S model in 2005 still had the 3.2 from the 986 sitting in the middle of the car. That motor was good for 276 horsepower, which by no means was a small amount. For some people it simply wasn’t enough though, and as expected German super-tuner Ruf offered the solution. The modified Boxsters went by the names of their engine displacement; in the 986, there was the 3400S, which was replaced by the 3600S. When Porsche introduced the 987, Ruf responded with the limited run RK Spyder and Coupe with a supercharged 3.8 liter flat six good for an astonishing 440 horsepower. That was in turn replaced by the 3800S, which it still available. With the newest edition of the 3.8 flat six producing over 400 horsepower (more than double what the Boxster had at launch), Ruf turned the entry level Porsche into a supercar killer:
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Model: Boxster Ruf 3800S
Engine: 3.8 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 86,500 mi
Price: Reserve Auction
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 19″ CARRERA S ALUMINUM WHEELS
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-inc: dynamic leveling, headlight washers
 STANDARD LEATHER INTERIOR
 METALLIC PAINT
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Condition on this car seems to be very good to excellent, with minor wear showing on the interior in keeping with the 86,000 miles covered. It’s pretty astonishing that the car has undergone $40,000 in modifications considering that was close to the original sticker price. However, as a converted car there are a few advantages; you get the performance of the improved model, but you don’t have to pay the exclusive prices that Ruf models often carry down the line. I also really like that the car, outwardly at least, shows no signs of modification. I could do without the black paint on the Carrera S “Lobster Claws” – a wheel design that I really like and which suits the Boxster well, but looks bland in black. Otherwise, this car looks like a really appealing package that will give brand new top-of-the-range Boxsters and Caymans a serious concern. Despite that, you won’t pay anything near what a new loaded Boxster S costs; the reserve is still on but bidding on this car has only just broken $11,000. Most 2005 Boxsters with similar miles would sticker in the high teens; I’d expect with the modifications, RAC is hoping for mid 20s. For that amount – about the same as a nice and newer E46 M3 convertible – you get another league of performance in a sleeper package.
For the money they’ll be asking for this, you bet your ass it should say RUF on the back.
@Bob, I checked the site, they’re asking $29,900 – a bit above a lower mileage same year S. Still think it’s unreasonable? I’m not sure you can get any level of similarly performing 911 for that money, and certainly nothing with the Ruf name on it. Honestly, it seems fairly affordable to me in the spectrum of Porsche performance, but curious as to your thoughts.
I doubt they will get their asking price based on the miles. Plus this engine, like all 996/986/997.1/987.1 cars (excluding turbos and GT3s), uses the dreaded IMS bearing so I would have to think long and hard about accepting that much risk on a $30k purchase with no warranty. I think mid 20s is more realistic but we shall see.
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