Lot 271 - 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster (Turbo Body)
|Odometer reading||28,250 miles|
|Estimate||£65,000 - £75,000|
|Result||Sold - £72,800|
The 356 Speedster has long occupied a small but perfectly formed slot in the Porsche hall of fame, particularly in America where it fused post-war Teutonic efficiency with Fifties glam Americana. It was Porsche's US importer who suggested the idea; a simple, no frills take on the then-current 356 model ideally suited to the sun kissed environment of California. To market the car at a more affordable price, Porsche stripped all unnecessary comforts from within, fitted bucket seats and not much else, and gave it the bare minimum of weather protection. The result was not only a distinctive and hugely popular car, but also one that, thanks to its keen power to weight ratio, was often to be found in minor sports car races on the weekends. Jump forward a few decades and a more up to date version appeared using the next legendary model nomenclature. The 911 Speedster, a low-roof version of the Cabriolet, was produced in limited numbers (2104) starting in January 1989 until July 1989 as both a narrow body car and a turbo-look.
This is a superb example of the rare and collectable wide bodied 3.2 litre model finished in metallic Zermatt Silver with full claret red leather, claret carpets and matching soft top, which was replaced in 2010. This righthand drive, UK specification example, comes with the five speed manual gearbox, 16" Fuchs alloy wheels, stainless steel exhaust, electric sports seats and a Blaupunkt CD stereo. Also included are a number of spare parts including some new and some now unavailable factory parts. Supplied by HR Owen in St Albans in 1998 with 7,000 miles recorded, it has remained the property of just one meticulous owner since and been serviced and maintained annually by Porsche Mid-Sussex for the last 15 years. This 911 Speedster is supplied with a V5C registration document and an MoT test certificate which expires in November 2014. The tool roll and space saver spare wheel are still present and correct. In beautiful condition throughout, not to mention being a fabulous driver's car, the speedster was produced in very limited numbers and, with just 42 available in this specification, opportunities to acquire a tangible and very useable asset that will continue to appreciate is a rare commodity indeed.
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