LMC is proud to offer for sale this 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Speedster.
In the mid 1980’s, Porsche President Peter Schultz approved a modern update as a way to reignite some of the original 1950’s Speedster excitement. The original Porsche 356 Speedster of 1954–1959 was to be an inexpensive sports car for the youth market. Its good looks and minimalist equipment, which included a cut-down windshield and “emergencies only” top, clicked with customers…including Hollywood Star James Dean who helped make the car famous. The 1989 Speedster was a single model year offering which not coincidentally was the 25th anniversary of the 911.
Only 2,104 of the new Speedster were built between January and September of 1989 and of that total only 823 were delivered to the US. The Speedster, option M503, was the last variant based on the outgoing K program chassis, that was to be replaced by the new Type 964. Porsche offered the new Speedster in both slant nosed and turbo body variants in Germany but only the turbo look was sold to the US customers. The 911 Speedster was distinctly shaped by Porsche’s styling department under the direction of Tony Lapine. It offered a cut down windshield reminiscent of the original that was more than 3 inches lower and raked 5 degrees flatter than that of the standard Cabriolet, a minimal single layer fabric top and a twin ‘camel humps’ fiberglass tonneau covered the area where the occasional rear seats would normally reside. The front quarter windows were eliminated and the new side windows were manually operated. Like the original 356 Speedster the new version was rarely seen with its top up.
This Speedster left the factory on June 12, 1989. It was delivered to California new where it was not titled and exported to Japan almost immediately. It was factory ordered in striking code P5 Grand Prix White with Black sport seats with electric height adjustment. Power is delivered by the 214hp 3164cc air cooled SOHC horizontally opposed six cylinder engine with DME Motronic/2 electronic fuel injection and a Type G50 Five-speed manual transaxle. Independent rear suspension and four wheel power disc brakes. Euro style bumpers and trim lights for the Japanese market. Options include cruise control, headlight washers, heavy duty windshield cleaning, shorter gear shift lever, luggage compartment in black velour, air conditioning, Blaupunkt radio, California emissions, alarm system, driver and passenger heated seats.
This Speedster has been well-preserved and cared for since new and is showing 19,800 miles The chassis, engine, and transmission numbers all match those recorded on the Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, as is all the optional equipment. A great driving, truly collectible piece of German engineering.