Published On: Tue, Feb 13th, 2018
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Junkyard Treasure: 1997 Porsche Boxster


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The Porsche Boxster has been with us since the 1997 model year, and it took 21 years before the worth of a trashed one sank to levels appropriate for the car’s appearance in self-service wrecking yards. The BMW Z3 is a couple of years ahead of the Boxster (I saw my first junkyard example a couple of years back) and the Mazda RX-8 (likewise), and I have yet to find a Honda S2000 in a place like this. It will happen, though— it always happens, eventually.

1997 Porsche Boxster in Colorado wrecking yard

So much engine-swap potential here! Photo by Murilee Martin

I found this car in a big Denver-area high-inventory-turnover yard, and it hadn’t been discovered by the local Porsche fanatics yet; by now, I’m sure it has been picked down to the molecular level. Spec Boxster guys have an insatiable hunger for parts from these fragile, complex machines, so the eBay resellers grab everything possible from a car like this. The 201-horsepower boxer six from this car would be just the thing to swap into, say, a Renault Caravelle. Of course, the powertrain in this car has an excellent chance of being DOA, since there’s no obvious crash damage, but yards like this charge a flat couple of hundred bucks for any complete engine and less for a transmission.

1997 Porsche Boxster interior

Still some good stuff in here. Photo by Murilee Martin

It was only a little over a decade ago that you’d see the occasional 911 in yards like this— parts-grade 911s are worth far too much for that today— but I think there will be a gradually increasing count of discarded Boxsters for quite a while.

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Junkyard Treasure: 1997 Porsche Boxster