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Inspired by the iconic 1950s Porsche 356 Speedster's unique low line look, 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 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, the aluminium-framed windscreen was raked back by five degrees and 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 the 935-style 'Slant-Nose' treatment available on either. 2,104 were built in total, primarily for Porsche’s two core markets, the United States and Germany and only a handful of right-hand drive cars made it to the UK.
Performance from the 231bhp, 3164cc flat-six was well up to Porsche’s standards with a 0-60mph time of 5.4 seconds and a top speed of over 150mph. Porsche was confident it was now building a powerful, reliable engine for the 911 and, from 1986, was offering a five-year, or 50,000 miles warranty. 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 as the 964 that followed was built on an all-new production line.
This example is one of those very rare UK right-hand drive cars and has covered just 8,163 miles from new. Supplied new by AFN Porsche London, it was first registered on 1st August 1989 and has been enjoyed by three previous owners. A full service history is supplied with 15 stamps in the original service book, the most recent of which was carried out in 2014 at 8,011 miles, however, a major service was carried out by Geo Morrison Motors in Glasgow in 2013 at a cost of £1,808. Offered with its original handbooks and leather wallet and a large number of previous MOT Certificates which corroborate the tiny mileage. Evidently, this Speedster has been cherished and stored correctly all of its life. Described by the vendor as being presented in stunning order, this Speedster is finished in the classic 1980s colour combination of Guards Red with a Cream leather interior. The bodywork and paint are in superb condition, as one would expect for such a low mileage example, and the interior has been preserved in simply faultless condition.
The 1989 Speedsters were a faithful successor to the original 356 Speedsters and consequently, prices have been steadily rising in recent years. This car is one of the very rare, RHD, UK 'Turbo look' cars and represents an exciting opportunity for any Porsche enthusiast. We welcome any inspection on this vehicle and encourage potential buyers to arrange a viewing appointment prior to the auction to appreciate the incredible quality of this tiny-mileage, UK car.
This car has formed part of a significant collection for the past few years. In preparation for the sale, the engine will be flushed, filled with fresh oil and a new filter fitted, the fuel tank drained, flushed and filled with 20 litres of fuel, fitted with a new battery and issued with a fresh MOT Certificate. A safety check will also be carried out along with an inspection report included in the history file.
You can now book a one-to-one appointment (up to one hour) to view this lot at our central location between 16th and 30th July. Please contact Lionel on 07831 574381 / email@example.com to secure your appointment or to discuss the car in more detail. The health and safety of both our customers and team remain the utmost priority, we are therefore operating to strict COVID-19 guidelines and full instructions for arrival and inspection protocols will be given when making your appointment. Inspired by the iconic 1950's Porsche 356 Speedster's unique low line look