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When Porsche unveiled the Boxster as a concept car in 1993, the mid-engine roadster rekindled fond memories of the Porsche 550 Spyder. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of its famous lightweight sports car, Porsche launched a special edition of the Porsche Boxster S in 2003. Wearing dedicated "50 Years of the 550 Spyder" badging, only 1,953 of these commemorative vehicles were produced. The 550 Spyder was the first sports car specifically designed by Porsche with motor racing in mind, and its successes through the years provided a foundation on which the fame of the Porsche marque spread around the world. The Porsche Boxster S shares many of its features with the 550 Spyder, including body lines that are timeless in their elegance and athletic appeal. To enhance the already outstanding dynamic characteristics of the Boxster S, Porsche included sought-after equipment and technical features not previously available in the Boxster model line up. Porsche engineers boosted the 3.2-litre flat-six engine's output to 264 horsepower, up from 258, and reduced the travel of the six-speed manual transmission's gear change by 15%, further enhancing the driving experience. A sonically tuned exhaust system with a stainless steel tailpipe delivers the sort of sound that stimulates those inside the car as well as those who hear it growling past. The car's, already well set-up, suspension is lowered by almost four-tenths of an inch and wheel spacers that are nearly two-tenths of an inch wide move the wheels slightly outboard, improving the handling and endowing this very special Boxter S with a wider and lower stance. Most of the original 550 Spyders were painted silver, and the special edition Boxster S models reflected their heritage with the same Silver Metallic paint as the Porsche Carrera GT. The majority of these special cars had Cocoa hood and matching leather interior but the owner of this car (number 1511), its only owner from new, chose the Slate Grey leather and Black hood option. According to Porsche World magazine only some 150 examples were made in right-hand drive out of the 1,953 models produced, so this car, in this colour scheme, is therefore very rare. This Boxter presents today in amazing condition and the owner, a discerning collector of older classics, has regularly started the car and run it up to temperature, rarely venturing out of the garage, besides the annual trips for MoT and servicing. As you would expect with a low mileage of only 2,800 and just one owner, all of the handbooks are in place with the service book showing Porsche main dealer stamps. This Boxster S 550 Anniversary model would be a wonderful addition to any serious Porsche collection and such a low mileage, UK specified example may never appear on the market again.