With the introduction of the 911 Speedster in January 1989, Porsche revived a charismatic model from its past, the name previously having been applied to that most stylish of the many Type 356 variants. Based on the 911 Turbo Cabriolet, though normally aspirated, the 3.2-litre Speedster was launched immediately prior to the introduction of the new Type 964 bodyshell, and thus was the last 911 model to feature the ‘old style’ body. The latter was reworked by chief stylist Tony Lapine, incorporating numerous references to the original 356 Speedster as well as a pair of controversial ‘camel hump’ cowlings behind the seats that concealed the stowed-away manual hood. A mere 2,102 Speedsters had been completed by the time of the new Type 964’s introduction in August 1989.
Their arrival representing a major step forward in the development of Porsche’s perennial 911, the Type 964 Carreras marked the first time that four-wheel drive had been seen on a series-production model, appearing on the Carrera 4. Porsche had experimented with four-wheel drive on the 959 supercar, and many of the lessons learned from the latter influenced the design of the new Carreras’ chassis and suspension. Face-lifted but retaining that familiar shape, the newcomers had been given a more extensive work-over mechanically, 87% of parts being claimed as entirely new. The pair shared the same 3.6-litre flat-six engine, while power-assisted steering (another 911 ‘first’), anti-lock brakes and a five-speed manual transmission were standard on both, with the Tiptronic auto ‘box a Carrera 2-only option. Its new engine enabled the 964 to out-perform the old ‘3.2’ yet still met the latest emissions regulations, top speed increasing to 162mph with 60mph attainable in 5.4 seconds (5.6 seconds Tiptronic).
It took Porsche a couple of years to re-introduced the Speedster to the 911 line-up, the Type 964 version being announced in October 1992. Based on the Carrera 2, it looked very like its immediate predecessor, but unlike the latter was not initially available with the ‘Turbo-Look’ body style. It is estimated that only 936 Type 964 Speedsters were built for the 1993 model year, with some of the later examples being completed as 1994 cars and sold alongside the successor Type 993 Porsches. With the latter’s introduction, the Speedster once again disappeared from the 911 catalogue, only to be revived a few years ago as part of Porsche’s ‘Exclusive’ programme of strictly limited edition models.
This rare Type 964 Speedster was delivered new to Europe. It was delivered to the owner’s specification, being most handsomely finished in white with complementary black interior trim, carpets, hood and hardtop. Other noteworthy features include a stereo system, while the car also comes with its ‘space saver’ spare tyre, compressor, tyre gauge, tool roll and wheel brace. The Speedster has been fastidiously maintained by the vendor and is presented in generally excellent condition having recently received a mechanical overhaul to the value of 25,000 euros. Invoices are present within the cars file.
Stylish, rare, highly desirable and superbly presented, the car comes complete with its leather wallet; instruction book (including section for a Speedster); service booklet. With only 930 examples built this is a car for the connoisseur
Ce rare Type 964 Speedster a été livré neuf en Europe. Il a été fabriqué selon les vœux de l’acheteur : une peinture blanche, avec un intérieur, des tapis, une capote et un toit en dur noirs. Il y a aussi un système stéréo. La voiture est livrée avec une roue de secours, un compresseur, des outils et un vilebrequin. Ce Speedster a été fastidieusement entretenu par le vendeur et est présenté en excellent état général ayant récemment subi une révision mécanique pour la somme de 25.000 euros. Les factures sont dans le dossier de la voiture.
Stylé, rare, désirable et superbement présenté ce véhicule est livré avec une mallette en cuir, un livret d’instructions (comprenant une partie sur les Speedster) et le carnet d’entretien. Avec seulement 930 exemplaires produits c’est une voiture est faite pour un connaisseur.