Porsche Boxster, 944 or 928
Recently, I’ve been looking at a few different used Porsches (thinking of adding another one to the garage in the near future). In my searching I’ve noticed that in the $7,000-$12,000 range you can find 944s, 928s and early Boxsters.
In that price range you can afford most 944 models in good condition. You can get a standard car, S, S2 or even a Turbo in that range. While a good cabriolet or Turbos S is a little out of the range, you have plenty of variants to choose from with the Turbo and S2 costing a bit more, but offering much better performance.
In that price range you can also find quite a few 928s. You can even find a better performing 928 S4. Some of the later cars have more modern styling and are pretty fast V8 cars. The 928 was the first production Porsche with a V8 engine and sat at the top of the model lineup for most of its production run, so you are getting a lot of car for the money.
In this price range you can afford an early Boxster (1997-2000). I’ve seen these cars as low as $7,000, but about $10,000 is what you should probably expect to pay. While not blazingly fast these early Boxtsers are capable of going from 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds and have a top speed of 155 mph. The great thing about the Boxster is that, at least from the front, you may get mistaken for a 911. With the mid-engined flat-six you get a great sounding car with styling that people will know as a Porsche when they see it (with the other two you may have to tell people that don’t know much about Porsches what kind of car you are driving).
It is a tough choice between these three cars as they all have great neutral handling and in this price range you can get decent performance. If you go for the 928 you are getting perhaps the best GT car ever made, but the Boxster feels more like a pure sports car and the 944 offers a good balance between the two.
All three of these cars are great Porsches, but if you had that kind of budget what would you buy? Let us know in the comments below.
Picture Source: Porsche Boxster, Stahlkocher; Porsche 928, Flickr; Porsche 944, Randy43