Porsche Boxster "50 years of the 550 Spyder" Special Edition.

Porsche introduced the Boxster S 50th Anniversary Edition in March 2004, 50 years on from the birth of the 550 spyder and production was limited to 1953 cars.

Porsche have made efforts to highlight similarities between the Boxster and the highly successful 550 race car. Obvious similarities are the mid-engined roadster concept, low weight, excellent agility, and a high level of driving pleasure and striking similarity in the lines.

The output of the Boxster S’s 3.2-liter flat-six engine goes up by 6 bhp to 266 bhp (196 kW) at 6,200 rpm. The special edition has a top speed of 165 mph and sprints from zero to 62 mph in a mere 5.7 seconds (Tiptronic S: 6.4 seconds). Its maximum torque of 229 lb-ft is available at 4,600 rpm

The suspension was dropped by 10mm, and the 18in alloys are pushed out further towards the outside of the car thanks to 5mm hub spacers.The exhaust system, which has a specially styled, stainless-steel tailpipe, delivers the typical Porsche sound. Porsche technicians have reduced the 6-speed gearbox's shift travel by 15 percent for a sportier faster shift.

The special edition model also gets cross-drilled brake discs and four-piston monobloc aluminium callipers. The drilled brake disks have a diameter of 318 millimeters at the front and 299 millimeters at the rear. Exclusively for this special edition, the four-piston aluminum brake calipers of monobloc design have an aluminum paint finish. They are easily visible behind the larger 18-inch Carrera wheels.

The car is finished in Carrera GT silver as are the seat backs, centre console and roll bars. It gets a cocoa brown roof, with matching leather interior trimming. Auto air-con, a computer, 'dynamic beam' headlights and wind deflectors are standard.