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. 2065 Speedsters were built (all in 1989), 63 of which were imported to the UK in RHD specification, and 823 went to North America.
This is a rare opportunity to acquire a genuine UK RHD Speedster, supplied from new by well known Porsche dealer of the 1980s, Roger Clarke Cars of Leicester. The Speedster remained in the showroom on display until it was sold to its lucky first owner in February 1991. Since then this lovely 911 has been cared for by only 4 owners, supported by a very comprehensive maintenance record containing 14 stamps in the service booklet. The previous owner was clearly fond of his Speedster, having owned it for over 10 years.
The current vendor has just had the car serviced and prepared to a high standard by a UK-based Porsche specialist, which included detailing of the engine bay. The underside and wheel arches are said to be as clean as when the Porsche rolled off the production line in 1989. Pleasingly, pre-delivery wax still covers the rear of the car, including the suspension components and gearbox. Finished in Black with a matching black leather interior, H859 DUF will be supplied with a UK V5 and UK MoT certificate valid until 2012.
This beautiful iteration if the iconic Porsche Speedster offers its lucky new owner a cast iron investment which also happens to be a fantastic and useable fast road car.