A limited edition Porsche 911 Speedster is going up for auction with an estimate of £165,000.
The 1989 model is one of just 139 right-hand drive versions to come from the factory. The Speedster name comes from the design, which reflects the iconic 356 model of the same name that was built in the 1950s.
Based on the 3.2-litre Carrera model, it came with a G50 gearbox from a later model, 911 Turbo wide body kit and chassis, and upgraded brakes and suspension also from the Turbo.
This particular car was delivered to its original owner in New South Wales by Porsche Australia, with regular inspections carried out until June 2014. It was then inspected in Sydney before being shipped to the UK.
It comes with plenty of original kit, including a leather wallet and book, and even the demo cassette for the original Blaupunkt stereo. With just 5,590 miles covered since new, it’s in excellent condition.
Nick Whale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions, which is hosting the sale, said: “A ‘triple black’ wide-bodied, right-hand drive Speedster is a rare thing of great beauty and in this condition, an exceptional find that is highly collectable. Silverstone Auctions is very proud to be offering the car for public sale.”
This 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster is expected to command a six-figure sum – the estimate is between £145,000 and £165,000.
The original Speedster of the mid-50s was introduced for the American market, as the country’s main importer felt the standard 356’s cost was proving a barrier to sales.
The German manufacturer got around this by producing a simplified version with fewer luxuries and more sporting prowess. It was an instant hit in both America and later Europe, and has gone down in history as one of the most beautiful, iconic Porsches ever made.