I was thinking the other morning while in the shower, about the little Boxster argument we’ve seen come up several times over the past few months. Don’t get me wrong, I love the lively discussion and don’t even mind a little name calling here and there as people take sides. All part of what makes an enthusiast site great in my opinion.
What struck me though, is that the 944, and in many ways, the 928, were the “Boxsters” of my day. The funny thing is, I LOVED the 944 (hated the 924 though strangely enough) and 928 models. Still do and would like to own each at some point. Two vastly different models, I know, but more critical at the time was they were NOT 911s. Which put us in the same discussions then that we have today with the Boxster.
I remember one time someone telling me that lots of people didn’t like the 924/944 series because of where the engine sits. I guess I just didn’t know enough about Porsches back then to get it. All I could say was “well that’s stupid”. It blew my mind that there were people that didn’t like the 944 purely because the engine was up front.
I’m not sure why I didn’t think about that whole time period sooner, but it kind of put the Boxster into a different light for me. Back in the 80’s, I never thought of the 944 as an “entry level” model or lesser of a Porsche because it was less expensive than the 911 or had a different engine placement. In fact, I had a buddy who had a white 944 that I darn near got my hands on in a trade for a Honda Accord. I wanted that car so badly I could taste it!
In reality, I don’t think less of Boxster owners. As I’ve always maintained, a Porsche is a Porsche and those of us who own one (or two or ten) are dang lucky to have the pleasure of these car’s company in our garages.
What does this have to do with anything important? Not much. Just thinking. As my Dad likes to say, “That and two bits will get you a cup of coffee.”