The Porsche Boxster 986 was released in 1996 as the Boxster and it was the first vehicle Porsche released since the 550 Spyder that was designed to be a roadster. From 1996-1999, it was powered by a 2.5L flat six cylinder engine, but from 1999-2004 you had the option of either the 2.7L or 3.2L six cylinder engine. All the vehicles were built in the former 928 facility located in Stuttgart, Germany with a small number also manufactured in Finland (designated with a “U” as the 11th character of the VIN).
Are they cheap? Yes. A good example, of a 1997/1998/1999 vintage can be acquired for about $10,000. You’ll probably want the 3.2L Boxster S, which hovers around $18,000 for an earlier model year. That is a lot of car you are getting, with a rich pedigree coming from the likes of Porsche. Don’t let the repairs scare you either, apart from the Intermediate Shaft Bearing (IMS) problem which is all over the Porsche forums, you don’t have a lot to be worried about. These can be replaced for about $2,000 but apart from that there aren’t any common expensive repairs.
Is it a future classic? Heck yes. The prices of these are starting to pick up and they are becoming more appreciated by car enthusiasts. I predict in the next 5 years, they will hit their prime. These are very fun cars, that look great on the outside and have some of the best interiors around. If you are in the market, I highly recommend you pick one up now!