Having a great Porsche that doesn’t depreciate very much is excellent news for those that own them, but less encouraging for those that want them. Years and miles continue to pass and yet those values - still around the original RRP - refuse to budge, which is probably quite irritating. See the original Boxster Spyder and 981 Cayman GT4 for proof.
To get a fix, then, buyers might have to consider an alternative. And the Boxster RS60 Spyder may well be that car for those craving six horizontally opposed cylinders in the middle of a two-seat sports car. Sure, it isn’t as extreme or as exhilarating as an actual 987 Spyder, but where those cars are still to be found at more than £40k, an RS60 like this one - 2008, 70k, full service history - is a little over £20k. Which is quite a big difference.
And if lacking the weight loss of a Spyder, the Boxster RS60 was notable for a few reasons. A standard sports exhaust meant more than 300hp, SportDesign add-ons ensured a racier look, PASM was also standard fit and a limited run of cars (1,960 units) kept it exclusive. It doesn’t sound like a very limited number, but bear in mind Porsche made just 11 fewer 991 Speedsters - hardly an everyday spot - and it’s clear the RS60 is a pretty rare car.
In the sunshine you’re unlikely to miss it, assuming the roof is down and the interior is on show. The silver over red colour scheme for the RS60 was a homage to the 718 RS60 Spyder that won the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1960. Grey leather and a black roof were available for those who preferred a more muted tribute to the old race car, although those wanting to stand out then or now really only have one option. Both paint and upholstery still look in fine fettle after almost a decade and a half.
Back in 2008, the Spyder carried a £5,500 premium over a Boxster S, so you’d have to be pretty committed to the history, the leather and the new 19-inch wheels to plump for it over the regular (and excellent) standard car. Now, however, with the 987 still a common sight, having one with a sliver more drama and rarity about it does aid the desirability.
Especially when you factor in the modest premium; there are lower mileage or later 987s out there for similar money - the RS60 was a run out of the first generation, ahead of the 2009 facelift - though no longer is another £5k required for the special one. Which, even though there aren’t many bad Boxsters out there, does make this one look particularly nice. Assuming you really, really like red leather.
SPECIFICATION | PORSCHE BOXSTER RS60 SPYDER
Engine: 3,386cc, flat sixTransmission: 6-speed manual, rear-wheel drivePower (hp): 307@6,250rpmTorque (lb ft): 251@4,400rpmMPG: 26.7CO2: 254g/kmYear registered: 2008Recorded mileage: 70,210Price new: £45,400Yours for: £21,495
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