DT: 43K-Mile 2007 Porsche 987 Cayman 5-Speed

Up for auction is this 2007 Porsche Cayman finished in Carrara White over a Stone-Grey standard leather interior. Featuring an agile mid-engine platform coupled with an engaging 5-speed manual transmission, this 2007 example makes an excellent choice for any discerning driver. Having been outfitted with a brand-new flat-six engine under factory warranty at 18k miles, this Cayman is now being offered for auction under a Lemon/Buyback branded title in fantastic driving condition showing approximately 43k miles on the odometer.

Stated to have always been garage kept, the Carrara White finish on this Cayman is said to be in very good condition.  The seller has noted a very small paint chip on the lower front air dam as well as some peeling of the reflective paint within the taillight enclosures, detailed images are provided in the photo gallery.  This Cayman retains its factory alloy 5-spoke wheels which come dressed in 2014 dated Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires with almost all of the tread remaining. 

Inside, you will find a handsome driver-oriented cabin upholstered in Stone Grey standard leather.  Some of the dashboard knobs exhibit slight wear and the seller states that a small portion of the headliner has begun to sag.  Otherwise, the interior is said to be in nice condition with all gauges, electrical components, and accessories remaining fully functional.

This Cayman features a mid-mounted 2.7 L flat-six engine rated at 245 HP and 201 lb-ft of torque.  The rear wheels are driven by way of a crisp 5-speed manual transmission allowing for a 0-60 time of approximately 5.5 seconds and a top speed north of 160 MPH.  Following an IMS bearing related issue at 18k miles, this Cayman was shipped to the Porsche center in Atlanta where it was outfitted with a brand-new engine under factory warranty.  Having been kept up to date on all due maintenance with a recent oil service at Porsche of St. Louis, this Cayman is ready to be enjoyed by its next owner.

The sale of this Cayman will include a set of two keys, original owner’s books, service records and a clean Carfax report.  Offered in excellent running order with just over 43,500 miles on the odometer, this Cayman is not to be overlooked.

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  • bballstr 5 hours, 14 minutesago

    Bid in the amount of $13,850

  • muvywriter (seller) 5 hours, 14 minutesago

    @Takky The service manager at St Louis Porsche said they wouldn't even consider putting the same deficiency back into the car. Makes sense to me, especially since it was such a notorious problem back in those days. JB

  • jeej40 5 hours, 15 minutesago

    Bid in the amount of $13,500

  • bballstr 5 hours, 15 minutesago

    Bid in the amount of $13,250

  • RobertDenton5615 5 hours, 17 minutesago

    Bid in the amount of $12,800

  • bballstr 5 hours, 18 minutesago

    Bid in the amount of $12,500

  • RobertDenton5615 5 hours, 18 minutesago

    Bid in the amount of $11,800

  • bballstr 5 hours, 20 minutesago

    Bid in the amount of $11,350

  • RobertDenton5615 5 hours, 20 minutesago

    Bid in the amount of $11,000

  • bballstr 5 hours, 27 minutesago

    Bid in the amount of $10,149

  • Takky 5 hours, 53 minutesago

    Seller, are you able to tell us whether the replacement engine was one with the IMS vulnerability issue (all engines from 1999-2008 had that vulnerability) or whether the newly installed engine was a post-2008 one? Were you given any paperwork or documentation on this?

  • muvywriter (seller) 6 hours, 7 minutesago

    Incidentally, the single tiny gravel chip {maybe the size of a #10 bird-shot} visible only with great effort on this car, is not on the air dam {these cars don't have air dams; my bad} but on the driver's side inside fog-light strut. It barely shows on one of the pictures, but you gotta make the picture really big to see it. That's all I've ever found on the exterior of this automobile. JB

  • muvywriter (seller) 6 hours, 15 minutesago

    @rickdgilbert My son and I discovered the same thing while taking the photos, which I didn't alert to again until you just mentioned it because it is so mild and an extremely-recent phenomenon. Word is from the Cayman forums that to remove the housing and replace the gasket {or just clean everything and reinstall} is an easy half-hour afternoon job those guys said they could do at home.

    Here's verbatim from one of their posts: "I started with windex. Pulled the desiccant packs and removed bulbs. Sprayed windex in through the bulb opening. Stuck a small microfiber cloth inside using a wooden chopstick, worked it over all headlight areas including reflector, then replaced dry-packs. Let it dry for a while and reversed process for reassembly." Hope that helps. Doesn't look like a big deal. JB

  • muvywriter (seller) 6 hours, 51 minutesago

    Thanks to everyone for their bids on this incredible vehicle. I hope the winner keeps it all his or her life, as I most certainly intended to do before a lightning-bolt of failed back surgery put an end to my being able to drive a car like this one. Good luck to each bidder on this site. JB

  • muvywriter (seller) 6 hours, 59 minutesago

    @eliotmp This beautiful car was originally bought in California. During the first year of ownership the buyer, believing that he heard the dreaded "IMS bearing" problem cropping up that was endemic to this vehicle-year, brought the vehicle to the dealership three times in search of an answer.

    California law includes a "three strike and you're out" provision, which meant the original owner could return the vehicle and get his money refunded without penalty after three visits for the same complaint A good law to keep the dealers honest, seems to me. He chose that option.

    This Cayman was reclaimed by the factory, dude got his money back, and it was shipped to the Porsche depot in Atlanta. There they made the business decision that to leave a repaired engine in the car would detract from the value of a brand new car. They couldn't sell it used in any event with a defective engine having been discovered. They decided to put in a new-from-Stuttgart crated short-block engine with the newly-redesigned IMS bearing and send the original engine back to Germany for refurbishment.

    The state of Georgia didn't seem to have a problem with this purchase as far as the paperwork was concerned because there wasn't any paperwork relative to the new engine, just a normal Georgia DMV transaction. When I bought the car at the depot I had no idea the engine had been replaced with a new one.

    I could have cared less about the matching-number fetish in any event. A basic and perfect driver's car like this one wouldn't be a collectors item for decades . Because it is under-stressed relative to the alternate "S" model engine and I'm not a hotrodder or racer {this car's never been near a track}, I figured it'd last all my life. I got the car at age sixty-five, so it was probably a good bet.

    This car with a new engine installed by trained German techs was a dream come true for me, even though I discovered that delightful fact nearly a year after I bought it. The service manager at Porsche St Louis told me the story while meeting them for service. I think that guy moved to the Paducah, KY dealership, but any service manager in any Porsche dealership can pull up the same info that one was reading to me from using only the VIN included here. I've tried my best to remember everything he said.

    That, sir or madame, is exactly all I know about how this replacement engine thing worked out. To me it was a blessing. I intended to be buried in it {some people actually do that; I'm just kidding to make a point} but massive failed back surgery has left it impossible for me to scramble into and out of a car that's less than five inches off the ground, so it has to go. Real tears well up as I say those words.

    Happy bidding and the best of luck in your eventual ownership of this fantastic and heavenly driver's capsule. You're gonna love it. JB

  • rickdgilbert 7 hours, 54 minutesago

    Could you explain why the drivers side headlight looks foggy?
    Is there clear 3M style film on it that’s started to lift off or has moisture gotten inside?
    The passenger side looks fine!

  • 2820jasper 11 hours, 20 minutesago

    Bid in the amount of $9,900

  • jeej40 11 hours, 32 minutesago

    Bid in the amount of $9,000

  • 2820jasper 11 hours, 44 minutesago

    Bid in the amount of $8,500

  • eliotmp 1 day, 4 hoursago

    I'm not sure how it works in MO but in my state a car has to be deemed a total loss for insurance purposes before you get a salvage title for it. You mentioned that the engine was replaced under warranty so I am assuming that that didn't total the car. Could you explain how you got a lemon/buyback title, I'm confused.

  • muvywriter (seller) 1 day, 6 hoursago

    Thank you people for your bids on this amazing vehicle. I'll bet when the time comes you will see it as the bargain of a lifetime. Surely hate to see it go {yup, real tears}, but I know somebody somewhere will enjoy it as much as I have every moment it's been in my possession. Good luck on that high bid! JB

  • CaymanR 1 day, 11 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $8,250

  • Middie 1 day, 17 hoursago

    Hello Mr. Seller,
    I have always been a fan of Caymans...but I have one concern because I've never tried to get in one. In your opinion, can a 6' 5" man get into this car, and drive it in relative comfort?

  • jeej40 6 days, 20 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $8,000

  • jeej40 6 days, 20 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $5,000

  • muvywriter (seller) 6 days, 23 hoursago

    @Caymanorcarrera - Really glad to hear that another Porsche guy thinks as much of the base Cayman as I have all these years. The whole car is stress-engineered for about fifty more horsepower, available from the S model, which should make it last forever, or thereabouts. A well known writer in one of the car magazines wrote an article proclaiming the same thing, which is part of the conversation that helped me decide to get one.

    Don't know what the deal is with the headliner. It started out very small on the right-rear side a year or so ago, then crept along to what it is today. With a car like this it's certainly worth fixing it professionally to be able to know you have a pretty much perfect car. Thanks for your welcome reply. JB

  • Caymanorcarrera 1 weekago

    It says 6 speed in heading, and 5 speed in the listing. It's a 5 speed.

    I have the same year and model which I use primarily as a track car, and it's modified for that duty.

    My headliner has also failed......my car has 136K mi. Not sure about the easy fix th Seller is describing, but you can have a good upholsterer make it look like new again for $350-500.

    Base manual 987 is a great great car.

  • muvywriter (seller) 1 weekago

    This incredible car was the love of my life from the first time I saw one in 2005 until I was able to save every penny and get this beauty in Oct 2013 {when I was sixty-five years old} from the Porsche depot in Atlanta. I am the second owner. I fully expected to keep this car until I went back to God, but recent failed back-surgery prohibits my entry and exit from a car this low, so I have to let it go.

    Because this vehicle doesn't have a single flat spot anywhere on the body it has always reminded me of a beautiful woman. Subsequent series of this car didn't have hand-formed bodies to that degree, even though still pretty cars. The new ones don't even have the six-cylinder engine anymore. I'm not a hotrodder and have never had this vehicle near a race track, even though Porsches have won more races than all other brands in the world. I've never had one moment of anything but pleasure from this vehicle, either driving or looking at it. I will miss it greatly.

    It's been hand-washed {never in a car-wash except for undercarriage} and carefully dried very often, hand-waxed with Collinite No. 845 two or three times a year and always kept in spectacular shape in the interior. The tiny {less than half a rice grain sized} gravel chip on the lower left air dam is the only flaw on the exterior. From the first day it's had Weather Tech floor mats installed {the original Porsche floor mats will be passed on to the new owner}. It also has a custom-made Sunshield that has been in use anytime the car is parked outside of a garage.

    The headliner is the only flaw inside the car. For reasons I can't determine the adhesive the factory uses to stick it up in the ceiling void has lost its suction, allowing the headliner to sag. Not a single spot, tear, discoloration or abrasion anywhere on the headliner, but it will need to have some spray adhesive shot up onto the ceiling through what's been described to me as a device similar to a hypodermic needle used by auto-body shops to complete the reportedly simple repair.

    When I first got the car I was thrilled to know that because it had been found to have the common Porsche IMS bearing gremlin it had a crated engine from Stuttgart Germany installed under warranty by German-trained techs {the service manager at St Louis Porsche explained this to me}. I realize that the "collector value" of any car is somewhat dependent on matching numbers but you'd have to wait many years for a base model like this one to reach that status. I bought it to drive for the rest of my life with the other love of my life riding shotgun. I hope you do too. This car was over fifty-thousand dollars new, mostly unattainable for people like me, but I was very determined, as I hope you will be. Please have a great time bidding on this little gem. You'll be glad you did. Best of luck to everybody! JB

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DT: 43K-Mile 2007 Porsche 987 Cayman 5-Speed
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