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John Perlich, Coronado, California (acquired new in June 2011)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
Produced in limited numbers through four discrete series over the course of 58 years, the Speedster has been one of Porsche’s most revered nameplates, always offering unique styling and top-of-the-line performance. As this minimally driven example ably testifies, the 2011 iteration based on the 997 Carrera was the ultimate evolution of the Speedster concept, featuring handcrafted build quality, luxury appointments, and astounding performance, thanks to the prestigious Porsche Exclusive department.
In 2011, Porsche commemorated the 25th anniversary of Porsche Exclusive – the customization and limited-series workshop responsible for such revered models as the 930 Flachbau, the 964 Turbo S, and the 993 Turbo S – by producing 356 cars honoring the original 356 Speedster. The resulting 997 Speedster was built with the all-wheel-drive Carrera’s wide body, and capped with a shorter windscreen and rear-cowl fairings, lending the model a lower, even more sporting profile than other 997 versions. The new Porsche also received the manufacturer’s larger 3.8-liter engine, which was fitted with a variable intake manifold good for 63 bhp more than a standard Carrera and 23 bhp more than the Carrera S. Offered at $204,000, the 997 Speedster was priced below only the track-focused GT2 RS in the 911 model line.
As noted by a Porsche COA, this rare Speedster completed production on April 29, 2011, and was finished in Carrara White paint over a black leather interior. Like all the 997 Speedsters, this car was standard-equipped with nearly every performance option, including a seven-speed paddle-actuated PDK dual-clutch gearbox, the Sport Chrono Plus package, active suspension management, ceramic composite brakes, a locking limited-slip differential, front and rear air dams, and a speed-activated rear spoiler. It was similarly appointed with the majority of available convenience amenities, such as a 385-watt Bose sound system, dynamic cornering lights, sport steering wheel, multi-way electronically adjustable seats, cruise control, and climate control.
In June 2011, this arresting Speedster was delivered to John Perlich of Coronado, California, who retained possession until early this year. Service invoices indicate that the car was routinely maintained as needed, receiving the recommended two-year fluid flush in 2013 and major service in early 2016 by Porsche of Newport Beach.
This bona-fide Stuttgart supercar offers hair-raising performance, able to launch from 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds and capable of a top speed of 190 mph. Exemplifying the hand-built quality of Porsche Exclusive and one of just 100 examples imported to the US, this Speedster offers its next caretaker the complete supercar package, and would make a splendid addition to any collection.