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Lot 8

1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Speedster

  • Chassis no. WP0EB0916KS173315
  • Engine no. 64K05823
  • Gearbox no. 2K01342

Sold for $126,500

217 bhp, 3,164 cc all-aluminum air-cooled SOHC flat six, DME Motronic 2 electronic fuel injection, five-speed manual transaxle, independent front suspension with MacPherson struts, lower A-arms, torsion bars, and anti-roll bar, independent rear suspension with semi-trailing arms, transverse torsion bars and anti-roll bar, and four-wheel ventilated disc brakes with four-piston aluminum calipers. Wheelbase: 89.5 in.

  • The spirited, spiritual successor to the 356 Speedster
  • Optioned for the enthusiast, in desirable colors
  • Documented with a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity

Sometimes less is more. As Porsche’s original 356 Speedster, built between 1954 and 1957, was a less-expensive model and more a pure driver’s car, so was the 1989 version.

The new Speedster had a long and difficult gestation, which began in 1983 with a stillborn prototype developed by Porsche’s senior engineer, Helmuth Bott. The idea was revived by Porsche President Peter W. Schutz in 1986, who contributed to the design of a second concept Speedster on a 911SC platform. As an American, Schutz understood the potential appeal of such a car for the American club racing market, and in 1987, Porsche debuted a pre-production version at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

However, that was not the car they sold, because, for 1989, the 911 underwent its first true redesign since 1963. It was now able to accommodate both safety and emissions requirements, as well as modern luxury and convenience accouterments. Yet Speedster production went ahead, with the existing 3.2 Carrera engine under the hood.

Two versions were available, a narrow body and a more popular Turbo-look wide body that had flared fenders. In this club-racing oriented model, they were an appropriate addition, as they covered the fat racing tires that were used on the weekends. All Speedsters received a short, wraparound removable windscreen and a single-layer light emergency folding top, which was stored under a color-keyed fiberglass tonneau behind the driver.

Just as with the 356 Speedster, the 911 Speedster rapidly became collectible. Porsche built a total of 2,104, including a mere 830 wide bodies for the U.S.A. Only a handful now trade hands in a given year, and many of those are either modified or so low in mileage they can’t be enjoyed. Ideally, one’s new Speedster would have been carefully used, gently broken in, and well appointed, which is what one finds in this scintillating example. Rare optional air conditioning and a Blaupunkt Charleston stereo allow for gran turismo style touring, but the lowered Speedster seats, short shifter, and limited slip differential are ready for the next time trial or track day. Alternately, the complete tool kit, the outstanding Cashmere Beige full leather interior, and the gleaming black paint invite thoughts of showing at the next Porsche Club of America event.

The only place this Porsche 911 Speedster does not belong is in the slow lane.

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