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Auction: The Scottsdale Auction
was auctioned on: 16 January 2020
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1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Speedster

Estimate: US$125,000 - US$150,000
Price realised:  US$123,200
Lot number 18, Views: 13

3,164cc SOHC Flat 6-Cylinder Engine Bosch Fuel Injection 217bhp at 5,900rpm 5-Speed Manual G50 Transaxle 4-Wheel Independent Suspension 4-Wheel Disc Brakes *Delivered new to Newport, California *Clean CARFAX report *Rare, one-year-only 911 Speedster with desirable G50 Transaxle lending its lineage to the 356 Speedster *Complete with original manuals, tools, and Certificate of Authenticity THE PORSCHE 911 SPEEDSTER Porsche's first take on an open-top 911 had been the Targa model of 1965. A "halfway house" design chosen because of fears that a genuine soft-top would not meet US federal safety regulations, but by 1981 the company felt able to proceed with the genuine article. Introduced in normally aspirated 3.0-liter form in 1982, the 911 Cabriolet proved a hit from the moment it debuted at the Geneva Salon in March. By the end of the 1983 model year, it had sold over 4,000 units, a total some 50% higher than that achieved by the less expensive Targa version. Completing the soft-top 911 line-up was the Speedster, which revived a charismatic model from Porsche's past when it arrived in 1989. The name was previously applied to many of the stylish Type 356 variants. The 3.2-liter Speedster was launched immediately prior to the introduction of the new Type 964 bodyshell; thus, was the last 911 model to feature the old-style body based on the original design of 1963. The latter was reworked by chief stylist Tony Lapine, incorporating numerous references to the original 356 Speedster, as well as a pair of controversial "camel hump" cowlings behind the seats that concealed the stowed-away manual top—a simplified affair described by the factory as for "temporary" use only. From 1984 Porsche had offered the "Turbo Look" body style—flared wheel arches, large rear wing and deeper front spoiler—on its normally aspirated models. This option was extended to the Speedster, the vast majority of which were ordered with it. One of the rarest of the 911 family, the Speedster was built during 1989 only, and a mere 2,065 cars were completed. THE MOTORCAR OFFERED This rare 911 Carrera Speedster was built on May 16, 1989 and finished in the colors it wears today of Guards Red over a Cashmere Beige and Black partial leather interior. It was optioned with air conditioning, rear luggage compartment in place of the rear seats, Blaupunkt 'Charleston' AM/FM/Cassette radio, and cruise control. Destined for sunny southern California, it was delivered new to Robert Brewer of Newport, California on June 30, 1989. Mr. Brewer was a careful steward of the car, regularly servicing it at the local dealer as indicated by the numerous service stamps in its original Warranty and Maintenance book. These stamps go right up to the day before the car was sold to its second owner on August 30, 1995 with 8,169 miles recorded in the book. The Speedster would remain on the West Coast, in Southern California until 2000—during which time it was enthusiastically driven some 15,000 miles in five years—and the South Lake Tahoe area in Nevada for a subsequent decade and a half before being acquired by the current owner in April of 2015 with 32,490 miles on the ticker. Regularly serviced and maintained since acquisition, less than 30 additional miles have been added in the last four and a half years. This lovely 911 Carrera Speedster is complete with its original owner's and warranty manuals in pouch, owner's handbook, Blaupunkt radio manual, tonneau cover, and its Porsche-issued factory Certificate of Authenticity detailing its original specification. From the very end of what is considered the original 911 design and benefiting from all the significant production upgrades such as the G50 5-speed transaxle, this top-of-the-line Speedster is rapidly becoming as collectible as its namesake 1950s progenitor.

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Bonhams London
Title: The Scottsdale Auction
Date of the auction: 16 Jan 2020
Address: Bonhams London
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