Go Back   986 Forum - for Porsche Boxster & Cayman Owners > Porsche Boxster & Cayman Forums > Boxster General Discussions

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-16-2012, 11:43 AM   #1
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: New York
Posts: 116
986 Boxster-to-550 Spyder Conversion

Wonderful feature in Excellence on a conversion of a late model 986 to a 550 Spyder. Looks like no expense was spared.

Excellence :: 986-550 : 2004 Boxster "Spyder"

Gougoushu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2012, 12:33 PM   #2
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Winnipeg MB
Posts: 2,486
Wow. Can you imagine having something like that to drive around?
__________________
'99 black 986
Mark_T is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2012, 01:32 PM   #3
Ex Esso kid
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: NY
Posts: 1,605
It's certainly cool but I have to think the cost was astronomical in comparison of what that might have purchased in the form of a different car.
Ghostrider 310 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2012, 04:37 PM   #4
Registered User
 
Perfectlap's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 8,696
dropping all the weight made it faster to boot. Not sure I like how high those headlight sit, looks a little Mercedes Benz'ish. I feel like the original 550's had a lower profile up front. The interior is perfect. I'd like to see other 917 conversion on a Boxster/Cayman chasis.
__________________
GT3 Recaro Seats - Boxster Red
GT3 Aero / Carrera 18" 5 spoke / Potenza RE-11
Fabspeed Headers & Noise Maker
BORN: March 2000 - FINLAND
IMS#1 REPLACED: April 2010 - NEW JERSEY -- LNE DUAL ROW
Perfectlap is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2012, 04:43 PM   #5
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Ohio
Posts: 88
I have been looking at this car for a few days now, not with any intention of purchasing rather simply admiring its pure beauty.

Porsche : Other Roadster | eBay
jesseborgelt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2012, 06:15 PM   #6
Rennzenn
 
j.fro's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Virginia
Posts: 1,356
Garage
That's a great looking car, but the article left me with a couple of questions.
1. Is there a top?
2. How do you access the engine?
And, oh yeah, I hate the wheels. Would have preferred it with 18" twist or Carrera LWs.
j.fro is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2012, 09:12 PM   #7
Registered User
 
Skrapmot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Bay Area California
Posts: 415
Quote:
Originally Posted by j.fro View Post
That's a great looking car, but the article left me with a couple of questions.
1. Is there a top?
2. How do you access the engine?
And, oh yeah, I hate the wheels. Would have preferred it with 18" twist or Carrera LWs.
Hate the wheels? You can't use modern style wheels on a 550 ! I used to get the same comments about the Fuchs on old 76 911.
Skrapmot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2012, 09:22 PM   #8
Certified Boxster Addict
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 7,504
I have to say that I just don't get "replicars". For me, beauty is more than skin deep. Look at any supermodel, its not just the perfect skin, its the bone structure and muscle underneath that makes all of the difference.
__________________
1999 996 C2 - sold - bought back - sold for more
1997 Spec Boxster BSR #254
1979 911 SC
POC Licensed DE/TT Instructor
thstone is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2012, 06:58 AM   #9
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Winnipeg MB
Posts: 2,486
Agreed, but for most of us, our wallets are only skin deep too. I would be quite happy driving a 550 replica like that because there is no way I could ever afford a real one, and that is a really nice replica. There's a really nicely done 308/Fiero replica I've seen at a couple of car shows around here. Given the cost of owning and operating an old Ferrari, I think I'd actually rather have the replica.
__________________
'99 black 986
Mark_T is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2012, 07:34 AM   #10
Registered User
 
jb92563's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Riverside, CA
Posts: 1,664
Cool

Pictures:
$ $$$$$


$39K
__________________
"It broke because it wants to be Upgraded "
2012 Porsche Performance Driving School - SanDiego region
2001 Boxster S, Top Speed muffler, (Fred's) Mini Morimotto Projectors, Tarret UDP,
Short Shifter, Touch Screen Dual Din Radio, 03 4 Bow glass Top (DD & Auto-X since May 17,2012)
jb92563 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2012, 09:34 AM   #11
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Toronto
Posts: 2,655
There will be haters. But he did it just so he can say he's the only one that has one!

Nobody dared to ask how much this costs. He probably doesn't want to know either...

Must be nice to have an open cheque book...
ekam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2012, 10:22 AM   #12
Registered User
 
BruceH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Bedford, TX
Posts: 2,485
Garage
Having a one off like that, with a light weight body and the Boxster guts has to be loads of fun!
__________________
______________________________________________
2001 Boxster S Lapis Blue
TS Cat Bypass Pipes and exhaust
iPad Mini Dash Install
DEPO Tail Lights
BruceH is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2012, 11:27 AM   #13
1999 base
 
Meir's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Coral Springs FL
Posts: 1,581
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by ekam View Post
There will be haters. But he did it just so he can say he's the only one that has one!

Nobody dared to ask how much this costs. He probably doesn't want to know either...

Must be nice to have an open cheque book...
usually people that do something like that, don't care about the cost.
Meir is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2012, 11:31 AM   #14
Registered User
 
Skrapmot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Bay Area California
Posts: 415
Agreed, most people I've met that have a 550 don't drive except for special occasions. These replicars are great because you can drive them almost daily if you like, pretending your James Dean, without crazy depreciation or expensive repairs.
Also, Porsches are very common here in the Bay Area, I'll see half a dozen or more just on my ride to work, so it's nice to have something that turns heads.
I thought about building a FF Cobra for that very reason.

Last edited by Skrapmot; 10-17-2012 at 11:35 AM.
Skrapmot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2012, 11:33 AM   #15
Homeboy981
 
Homeboy981's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Sherman, TX
Posts: 663
Garage
I drive mine everyday…but then I only painted my tail lights to make it look like a 550.

Of course my solution costs a lot less and I can drive the dog out of it too!
__________________
2002 Porsche Boxtser S - Silver & Chrome - Died from IMS failure AFTER IMS was replaced!
Homeboy981 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2012, 11:57 AM   #16
Custom User Title Here
 
particlewave's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: WA
Posts: 5,976
Garage
I know I'll catch heck for this, but I don't like it. The front end is all wrong for a 550 replica and it looks like it belongs in a Mickey Mouse cartoon. As long as the owner likes it, I guess.
particlewave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2012, 12:28 PM   #17
Ex Esso kid
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: NY
Posts: 1,605
Mark, rearing black stallion on a Fiero? I just threw up a little in my throat...I have to agree that looking at the restored 550 cars the dimensions and lights are not true to form. You could get a used 911 GT2 a year old likely cheaper than that hand built, to me it would be a simple decision.
Ghostrider 310 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2012, 12:52 PM   #18
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 598
I think the craftsmanship is pretty incredible and I'm sure that the peformance is as well - afterall, its much lighter than the Boxster, has a lower Cg and one suspects less areodynamic drag. As I see it, the man obviously had the money, loved the basic look of the 550 Spyder but wanted state of the art performance. What other choice did he have?

The cost of custom metal coach work is so incredibly high these days that I am always happy to see a creation like this. As to the cost? As the old saying goes, if you have to ask you can't afford it. I know I can't, but cheers to someone who did and who has created a legitmate, one-of-a kind Porsche (and yes, it is a Porsche folks - just as all the custom, metal-bodied Rolls. Bentleys, Bugattis, Duesenbergs etc. retained the name of the manufacturer of their chassis and power train during the heyday of custom coachwork). And for those who are critical, I'm sure he could care less - it was made to please only one man and I gather it does. I'm also betting that if it goes up for sale at some point in the future, there will be no shortage of interest.

Brad

southernstar is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On




All times are GMT -8. The time now is 02:03 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2018 Pelican Parts, LLC - Posts may be archived for display on the Pelican Parts Website -    DMCA Registered Agent Contact Page