In 1989 Porsche reintroduced one of their most iconic body styles – the Speedster. This uncompromising variant hadn’t been offered since 1959, a time when 356s were rolling out of the factory and the 911 was still five years from inception. The first 911 Speedster was displayed at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 1987 but it would be 16 months before production actually began in January 1989. Regular 911 Cabriolet body shells were used for the mechanically standard Speedster, these being equipped with a cut-down, more steeply raked aluminium framed windscreen and special frameless one-piece side windows.
Both the standard narrow-body and wider Turbo shell were available in most markets although bizarrely only the latter could be specified in North America and Germany. Inside, the seat rails were dropped by 20mm, the seats themselves having been a combination of Sport backs with standard lower sections. The rear seats were disposed of and the vacant area carpeted like the Club Sport, an optional storage box (again like that of the CS) having been a sensible upgrade. A manual heater and wind-down windows were fitted as standard. Only 2065 Speedsters were built in total all of which in 1989.
This wonderful example is in excellent condition throughout. Offered with an extensive history file following the car over the years, the car was delivered new with an array of desirable extras and to list a few; air conditioning, automatic speed control, Blaupunkt radio, short shifter and sports steering wheel with elevated 30mm hub.
Having spent all but one year of its life in Germany, and with a very modest c.55,000 km recorded, this example which is finished in arguably the most desirable colour combination of Zermatt silver over black interior, is one of the nicest examples on offer in today’s market.