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When Porsche reintroduced the one-year-only Speedster nameplate in 1989, an instant collectable was born. Stylist Tony Lapine drew on classic 356 Speedster elements, raking the windscreen back an additional five degrees, and adding an unlined manual soft top that stowed beneath a sporty hard tonneau 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 distributed to the US.
According to the accompanying Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, this exceptionally preserved Speedster was optioned with a raised-hub steering wheel, limited-slip differential, forged alloy wheels, electric sport seats, air-conditioning, and a Reno sound system with cassette player. Originally purchased by a Connecticut-based enthusiast, the 911 was carefully stored for nine years and accrued just 153 miles during that time, according to the consignor. In 1998, the Porsche was acquired by the car’s second and current owner, a collector in Arizona who continued to pamper the car while occasionally presenting it at PCA events.
Accompanied by a tool kit and the Porsche COA, this arresting Speedster currently displays approximately 2,200 miles and looks ravishing in its original Guards Red paint over a black leather interior. This exceptional, high-quality example of the 1989 Speedster is a rare Stuttgart collectible that would beautifully complement any collection of sports cars.