The first Porsche Speedster was built in 1954 to compete with the British sportscars that were selling well in the United States. Max Hoffman, who imported Porsches into the United States and contributed to the development of a number of famous cars include the Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, convinced Porsche to make a lower-cost car that was stripped down in terms of equipment and focused on performance. Visually, the 356 Speedsters are immediately recognizable by their cut-down windshield.
The Porsche 911 Speedster actually took a different path, and is loaded with options. The most immediately recognizable feature of this Speedster is the bubble tonneau cover made from aluminum. Other features include Carrara White point with black accents and black Fuchs-style wheels, a black and white checker interior, carbon ceramic disc brakes, and an Exclusive Power kit that bumps output of the naturally aspirated 3.8 liter horizontal-6 to 405 horses.
This car will be sold by Mecum Auctions in Monterey, California on August 18-20, 2016, right before the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance on August 21.
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One owner and 309 miles since new
No. 243 of 356 produced
Water-cooled 3.8/405 HP direct-injection engine
Dual clutch 7-speed PDK automatic transmission
Porsche Active Suspension Management
Carbon ceramic disc brakes
Carrara White with Black leather interior
Checkered flag center seat sections
Aluminum doors and tonneau cover
Sport Chrono Package
Bose CD/DVD stereo
Black Fuchs-style wheels
A full 16 years after resurrecting the Speedster nameplate for 1993-94, Porsche announced the return of the now-911-based 2-seat roadster in 2011. In tribute to the original Speedster based on the 356, Porsche limited production to 356 cars, only 100 of which were allotted to the U.S. market. Like its predecessors, the Speedster stood apart with its cut-down, steeply raked windscreen and double hump behind the cockpit. Even with the manually operated top in place, there is no mistaking the low-profile silhouette, which comes in almost 2.5 inches lower than the standard Cabriolet. The Speedster's drivetrain is headlined by the GTS model's water-cooled 3.8L/405 HP direct-injection flat-6 engine which, unlike the GTS, was available only with Porsche's paddle-shift PDK 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The original Speedster was a spartan affair, designed by Manhattan automotive impresario Max Hoffman to appeal to California's fast-growing sports racing crowd with its minimalist appointments. Not so for the 2011 version, which was given the full Exclusive equipment treatment to make it worthy of its limited-production status. It starts with special paint and a custom interior sporting embroidered Speedster headrest logos, checkered-flag seat inserts and body-color leather dash and door-handle trim. Number 243 of 356, this stunning one-owner 2011 911 Speedster demonstrates the model's abundance of standard features: aluminum doors and tonneau cover, Carrara White paint with black accents, black Fuchs-style wheels and black and white interior, Porsche Active Suspension Management and carbon-ceramic disc brakes; the Exclusive Power Kit that adds 23 HP; the Sport Chrono package complete with dash-mounted stop watch; Bose CD/DVD entertainment system with navigation and Bluetooth connectivity; power windows, seats and locks, climate control, cruise control and steering wheel-mounted sound system and communication controls. Thousands of Porschephiles dream of such a car, but few will experience its sporting charm and exclusivity.