One of just Fourteen Right-hand Drive Cars Produced
The Porsche 964 Speedster was introduced in October 1992, its Speedster bodyshape being first penned for the 356 model, primarily as a basic and thus cheap Porsche for the Californian market. With 4000 cars produced, it was a strong seller, particularly stateside, with 80% of sales going to the US when new. The next Speedster model was introduced in 1989, when the 3.2 Carrera received the Speedster treatment, with 2000 cars produced in both standard and Turbo bodywork. Almost half this number went to the USA, and a mere 139 examples were right-hand drive.
In 1993, with the Porsche 964 model, the next generation Porsche Speedster was released. It was available either in standard or a lightweight trim named “Clubsport”. Again the US was the primary buyer, with 427 cars heading to the States. The right-hand drive versions were rare, with only 14 cars having the steering wheel on the ‘proper’ side.
Unlike the 1989 model, the 1994 Speedster was based on the new Carrera 2 platform, designed to be a more focused driver’s car, and served as a hybrid between a 964 Carrera 2 Cabriolet and a 964 RS. While it featured a softer suspension set up than the 964 RS, like the Speedster of the 1950s, it offered almost none of the comforts of a normal 964 Carrera 2 Cabriolet, with the exception of electric windows, air conditioning, and a radio cassette player.
First registered on New Year’s Day 1994, this Speedster is well known within the Porsche community, being called upon for many events, notably to promote the official launch of the 997 Speedster. From new, it was specified in the beautiful shade of Amazon Green, with a black leather interior, and lighter RS doors.
With just two owners since 2002 (one being Simon Draper of Virgin Records), and kept as part of the current owner’s collection for now six years, the Speedster shows a mere 45,000 miles on the odometer. We have a full Porsche Service History, the last major service being performed by Porsche Hatfield towards the end of summer 2014. Looking through the service booklet we can see a total of 16 Porsche main dealer service stamps from new.
This stunning Speedster has just enjoyed a 2-day preparation by leading specialist Minutia Detailing of Surrey, and is offered with a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, in addition to a UK V5 document.
One of only 11 Speedsters in the UK, this is amongst the rarest and most desirable Porsches available at any price.
|Auction||The Spirit of Motoring, Ascot October 2015|
|Day of Auction||N/A|
|Registration Number||UK Registered|
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