Lot 37

2016   |   Amelia Island Auctions 2016

1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Speedster

SOLD $363,000


$250,000 - $325,000





Car Highlights

Modern Iteration of the Classic Porsche Speedster
Showing Less than 3,800 Original Miles
A Desirably Optioned Example in Stunning Condition
Exceptionally Well-Preserved and Minimally Used
A True Porsche Collectible

Technical Specs

3,164 CC Air-Cooled Flat 6-Cylinder Engine
Bosch Motronic Fuel Injection
217 BHP at 5,900 RPM
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Ventilated Disc Brakes
Fully Independent Torsion Bar Suspension with Shock Absorbers
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From the Jerry Seinfeld CollectionRichard Daniel, Montclair, California (acquired new via George Follmer Porsche)Roldan Frank Gonzales, California (acquired circa 2012)Jerry Seinfeld (acquired in 2013)

“One of my favorite 911s and another of the greatest summer cars of all time. I like the Star Wars Storm Trooper look with a snazzy low-cut top. I’ve had five different ’89 Speedsters over the years in different colors. Loved every one. This one is cool because it doesn’t have A/C. Lighter.” – Jerry Seinfeld

When Porsche reintroduced the Speedster nameplate in 1989 for one year only, an instant collectible was born. Stylist Tony Lapine drew on classic 356 Speedster elements, shortening and raking the windscreen back an additional five degrees, and adding an unlined manual soft top that stowed beneath a double-humped fiberglass cover. Most examples were built with wide-body Turbo-style coachwork and featured upgraded suspensions and brakes. Just over 2,100 examples of the new Speedster were manufactured, with only 800 of them delivered to the US.

The Speedster offered here is a spectacularly original, low-mile example finished in Grand Prix White with a hand-stitched black leather interior; it displayed less than 3,800 miles at the time of cataloguing. As noted in the original owner’s manual, the Porsche was delivered to George Follmer Porsche in Montclair, California, and sold to original owners Richard and Linda Daniel. Jerry Seinfeld purchased the Speedster in 2013 with approximately 3,400 miles on the odometer and has enjoyed the Porsche sparingly since.

Believed to retain its original paint and interior and presenting essentially as a new car, this Speedster is equipped with desirable options such as a limited-slip differential, electric sport seats, Blaupunkt Reno cassette player, and a luggage compartment in place of the rear seats. This particular Speedster is not equipped with the optional, and common, air-conditioning, which reduces weight and improves the aesthetics of the engine compartment. The Porsche’s factory-applied VIN stickers are visible throughout and underline the highly authentic presentation that comes from decades of careful stewardship. Factory documentation originally delivered with this Speedster remains with the car, including manuals and the original Speedster supplement, along with an accompanying letter to Speedster owners from Porsche Cars North America. Also included are the original tool kit, space-saver spare tire, and its corresponding inflator.

This carefully chosen and exceptionally original 1989 Carrera Speedster is a true standout in terms of style, panache, and purposeful presence. The Speedster simply surpasses many of its peers, and with its impeccable provenance and desirable specification, it is a worthy addition to any of the world’s finest Porsche collections.