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The Porsche 911 Speedster
Porsche introduced the Carrera 2-based Speedster as a concept at the 1987 Frankfurt Motor Show. It was a two-seater based on the J-programme, ‘rubber bumper’ 911 and designed to relive the no-frills, top-down days of the original 1950s 356 Speedster.
The new car was intended for “friends of open motoring,” as Porsche put it, and its roof was stored under a colour-coded polyurethane moulding on the rear deck, behind the driver and passenger’s heads. The seats were lower than normal, and the aluminium-framed windscreen was raked back by five degrees. The side windows were frameless.
The Speedster made it into production for one year only, 1989, and was available in two body styles: Turbo Look and standard, with Slant-Nose treatment on either. Deliveries were made primarily to Porsche’s two core markets: the United States and Germany. Only a handful of right-hand drive cars made it to the UK.
Performance from the 3164cc flat-six was well up to Porsche’s standards: the 231bhp European-spec motor could power the Speedster from zero to 62mph in 6.0 seconds (North American cars’ 930/21 engines produced 207bhp).
Porsche was confident it was now building a powerful, reliable engine for the 911 as from 1986 it was offering a five-year, or 50,000 miles warranty on it. The Speedster was the last 911 model built on the basic bodyshell of the original, 1963 911 and the final 911 produced at the old Zuffenhausen factory. The 1989 964 was made on an all-new production line.
This car is a 1989 left-hand drive, European (231bhp) specification Speedster in Guards Red with all-black hide interior and Turbo Look bodywork. Delivered new to Germany on 21 July 1989 via official Porsche dealer Autohaus Zeisler, it was subsequently acquired for the present Royal owners collection under the guidance of Porsche guru Alois Ruf of the eponymous motorcar company. It has remained there until now, in climate controlled hibernation, attended to by full-time staff and still with less than 50,000 kilometres recorded from new. When inspected recently by Simon Kidston, its overall appearance was best likened to a year-old car.
The Speedster is in totally original condition with all instruction books, original Porsche toolkit and first aid kit by Hans Hepp. The original Becker Grand Prix radio has its removal keys and all instructions. The factory underbody wax protection is untouched and still visible.
The service book has been stamped eight times in accordance with manufacturer’s recommendations, either by Porsche Centres or Ruf Automobile GmbH. The last service was carried out at 49,054km, at which time the windscreen was replaced. There are three stamps for brake fluid changes, and proof of four-, five- and nine-year Zustandsbericht (condition report) inspections.
One of fewer than 2100 built, to desirable and powerful European specification in classic Guards Red/Black, this ‘time warp’ 911 is a rare opportunity to buy a low-mileage Porsche Speedster in ‘as delivered’ condition. Furthermore, potential buyers should note that the car has just been imported to the UK at the owners expense so it is now offered with all EU taxes paid, taxed, MoTd, road registered and ready to be driven away. We believe it is the best value 911 Speedster- possibly the best kept as well- available anywhere today.