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Why Caymans are worth more than Boxsters on used-car market

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Photo courtesy Porsche

Back in July, we posted an article examining the odd, used-market pricing structure of Porsche coupes versus convertibles. There was one glaring omission: the 987 and 981 Boxster/Cayman complex. Fortunately, Hagerty picked up the slack and explained why the mid-engined Cayman coupe has always commanded more money second-hand than the convertible Boxster.

Writer Andrew Newton correctly points out that, usually, convertibles cost more than coupes when new and used, with a couple exceptions being the Mercedes-Benz 300SL and 1963 Chevrolet Corvette. This makes sense, because the drop-tops are more complex and have more components compared to coupes, require more money to build, and therefore are placed higher on the totem pole at dealerships. Until the 718 Boxster/Cayman model line, Caymans have always cost more than comparable Boxster models when new, which, Hagerty points out, might explain one reason the paradox continues for 987s and 981s.

Be sure to head over to Hagerty for all of the reasons why Caymans are usually valued higher than Boxsters.

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