1989 PORSCHE 911 SPEEDSTER
Designer: Tony Lapine
Estimate: $190,000 - $240,000
Chassis Number: WP0EB0914KS173247
W=Germany; P=Porsche; 0=Sports Car; E=911; B=3.2L Turbo H6; 0=No Airbags; 91=911 (Speedster included); 4=Check Digit; K=1989 Year Model; S=Stuttgart assembly; 173247=Unit Sequence
Engine: 3,164 cc SOHC H-6 cyl.
Bosch EFI/215 bhp
5-Speed Manual Transmission
Power Assisted Four Wheel Ventilated Disc Brakes
Limited in 1989 to 823 Speedsters to U.S. Spec.
Garage Kept and Well Maintained
Proper Appointments for Performance
The Model: In the latter half of the 1980’s shortly after the 911 Carrera cabriolets had been released, it was suggested by Porsche historian and journalist Paul Frere that a lighter weight special edition would be enjoyed by Porsche enthusiasts in countries with a more favorable climate, such as the U.S.A. A prototype was shown at the 1987 Frankfurt Auto Show and both the press and the public expressed their delight in its design and reported performance. Introduced in 1989 as a member of the K-Series 3.2 Liter Carrera family, the new Speedster was a hit.
To save weight the windshield was removable and a thin soft “emergency” top was used. Rear seats were deleted, replaced by a fiberglass tonneau to seal off the rear portion of the car. Flared wheel arches, the “wide-body” Turbo look, side panels, a “whale tail” rear spoiler and special Fuchs forged alloy wheels completed the package.
The Car: Finished in Guards Red this Speedster is complimented by a black partial leather interior. Looking fresh is the folding black top, which is to be used sparingly. This well-appointed two-seater is fitted with all of the regular Speedster equipment such as the stabilizer bars, the shortened shift lever, and a Blaupunkt AM-FM-Cassette entertainment center.
One important option it appears to have are the Sport seats that can be adjusted electrically, as well as the four-spoke steering wheel, while black Fuchs wheels show no sign of contact with curbs or other road hazards. Paint appears to be original and in excellent condition while the interior looks nearly factory fresh, and who could expect less with just 8,900 miles from new. Also included are the original books, tools, jack and receipts. This is a rare opportunity for the discerning Porsche collector to acquire a blast from the past with modern mechanics.