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Douglas W. Schoch/Schoch Enterprises, Dunedin, Florida (acquired new in 1989)Héribert Jurinek, Alling, Germany (acquired from the above in 1990)Bertram Pawlak, Newport Beach, California (acquired from the above in 2000)Kurt Story, Colorado Springs, Colorado (acquired from the above in 2005)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
Recalling the purposeful styling of the elemental and avant-garde 356 Speedster of the 1950s, in 1986, Porsche president Peter Schutz conceived a modern variation based on the excellent foundation of the 911 Cabriolet. Helmuth Bott, Porsche’s technical director, refined the concept, adding a hard rear tonneau evoking the profile of the original 356 Speedster. Bott’s Speedster concept was refined and approved for production as Option M503 on the outgoing 3.2-liter 911 Carrera for 1989. As produced, the new Speedster featured a cut-down windscreen and wind-up side windows, elimination of the Carrera’s vent windows, a low-profile, manually operated convertible top, deleted rear seats and the “double-hump” fiberglass top cover.
Porsche’s serial-number assignments confirm 2,065 Speedsters were produced for public sale from August 1988 to July 1989, including 823 for sale in the US. The majority – 1,894 – were “Turbo Look” cars, based on the 930 Turbo body shell, including four-piston disc brakes with cross-drilled rotors and 7" front and 9" rear wheels. Only “Turbo Look” Speedsters were offered in Germany and America. Pricing of the “Turbo Look” option was $13,045 alone, factored into the Speedster’s $65,480 base price.
Sold from January through September 1989, the 911 Speedster was an immediate darling of speculators; some Speedsters were acquired for considerable monetary premiums. Additionally, the Speedster is historic as the final model produced at Porsche’s old Stuttgart factory. Performance was strong, with the Speedster clocking 0–60 acceleration times of 6.0 seconds, quarter-mile times of 14.5 seconds, and a 149 mph top speed, with the responsive handling all 911s are renowned for delivering.
This 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster is accompanied by its corresponding Certificate of Authenticity, which confirms it was completed as a US model on June 14, 1989, and was factory-finished in Guards Red over black leatherette upholstery with partial leather seats. In addition to US Standard Emissions, this Speedster’s abundant factory options included air-conditioning, a Blaupunkt “Reno” radio with amplifier, short-throw shift lever, Black Velour-upholstered rear luggage compartment, and cruise control. Following shipment to the US, the Speedster was delivered to Parktown Porsche in Kirkwood, Missouri. Exceedingly well preserved, this Speedster remains pristine, even retaining its original tires, with an extremely low 474 miles at the time of cataloguing. Ownership history is known and recorded from new, with electronic records dating from December 29, 2005. Accompanying items include owner’s manuals with the 911 Speedster Supplement and letter from Porsche, an original tool kit, the Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, and a copy of the original window sticker. A true modern classic, this Carrera Speedster remains an incredibly original example of the historic model.