In 1989 Porsche reintroduced one of their most iconic body styles – the Speedster. This uncompromising variant had not been offered since 1959 – at a time when 356’s 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 modified to accommodate 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 strangely 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. The Speedster was a rare beast indeed, with the entire production run encompassing less than 2,100 cars – all of which were constructed between January and September 1989. Significantly, it was also the last model ever produced in Porsche’s old factory in Stuttgart.
The matching numbers example that we are pleased to offer today is presented in the desirable ‘Guards Red’ exterior with a few sought after optional extras. These include a limited slip differential, a shortened gear lever, upgraded sports seats, foglamps, an alarm, and an aggressive turbo look bodykit. In addition to this, the car underwent an extensive rebuild in 2014 including paint, interior, suspension and a new roof. An exceptionally desirable and sought after model that is an essential for any Porsche collector.