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From the Jerry Seinfeld CollectionJerry Seinfeld (acquired new in 2011)
Porsche’s Speedster models have long been identified as sporting thoroughbreds stripped to their essence by removing some creature comforts, allowing style and performance to reign supreme. The G-Series and 964 Speedsters from the 1980s and 1990s were generally differentiated from their cabriolet siblings by lower and raked windscreens, along with a fiberglass humped rear deck and a simple manual convertible top, but with few other cosmetic or mechanical changes. With the 997 entry into this illustrious line of Porsche legends, there was an obvious effort to supply the buyer with a 911 that would stand out from, and above, the crowd.
Introduced at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, the 997 Speedster began with the classic formula used in past variants. The basic architecture came from the recently debuted Carrera GTS, with a wide body, two-wheel drive, and Porsche’s Powerkit-equipped 3.8-liter flat-six making 408 hp. The Speedster came standard with nearly every option available in the 997 range. Desirable features such as carbon ceramic brakes, PASM suspension, and Sport Chrono package were standard on the Speedster, creating an ultimate-specification 911 with a base sticker price of $204,000. The already-loaded Porsche was equipped with a dizzying array of items exclusive to the Speedster, such as a 60 mm lower windscreen, Fuchs-style wheels, black smooth-leather seats with blue checkered pattern and Speedster stitching, numerous painted interior details, and a unique aero kit along with black stone guards on the rear quarters, harkening back to the model’s 1980s forebears.
The basic, manually operated soft top and aluminum door skins helped keep the highly optioned Speedster close to the weight of a standard 911. All Speedsters, in addition to the factory Powerkit – featuring unique cylinder heads and intake system – were equipped with Porsche’s seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transaxle.
This 997 Speedster, purchased new by Jerry Seinfeld from Porsche dealer Manhattan Motorcars Inc. in New York City, is number 009 of the 356 examples produced and one of just 100 imported for the US market. According to the factory window sticker, which is included with the sale, this Speedster was specified with Porsche Exclusive Customization Packages DZM and DZP and is finished in Pure Blue, a color developed specifically for the Speedster and the only shade available on the model other than white. “Porsche made this car just for me with a lot of cool bare carbon fiber, which I never get tired of,” Mr. Seinfeld says. “This model was built to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Exclusive Department, and everything is lower than a regular 997 Cabriolet.”
With a sticker price of $226,690, this 911 cost roughly twice that of a standard 997 Cabriolet in 2011. Showing just 4,844 miles at the time of cataloguing, the Speedster is accompanied by a CARFAX report chronicling its use and servicing by Mr. Seinfeld.