Convertible Week: 2011 Porsche 911 Speedster

As a brand new Porsche 911 passed me by the other day, I thought to myself “my this car got fat.” Sure, the new 911 is a perfectly capable and desirable sports car which is (thankfully) still offered with a manual gearbox. Years before the 911, Porsche introduced the Speedster moniker on the 356, a lower cost, simpler option for those seeking drop top thrills. The Speedster name would carry on through several iterations of the 911, up to the latest example we see here, the 997-based 911 Speedster. While many of the 997 Speedsters you see are painted in Pure Blue, this 911 Speedster for sale in Connecticut wears the more classic Carrera White.

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Year: 2011
Model: 911 Speedster
Engine: 3.8 liter flat-6
Transmission: 7-speed PDK automatic
Mileage: 1,097 mi
Price: $270,000

1 Owner vehicle 356 built and 100 made for USA this is #294

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The 997 Speester is a tough 911 for me to love. First, a manual transmission was not available. This was perhaps its largest detriment, in my opinion. Second, the rear three quarter view is a bit brutal. The hard tonneau cover gives this 911 a very bustled up look from the rear and lends a less graceful appearance than the 3.2 Carrera and 964 based Speedsters before it. Only 356 examples of this Speedster were produced, so regardless of appearance, they will certainly be collectable. New, these cars carried an MSRP of just over $200,000, so already we’re seeing an appreciation curve, four years on.

-Paul

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3 Comments

  1. In one word – grotesque.

  2. I think the price is a joke. I haven’t seen many of them sell recently but I dont recall any of them selling anywhere near that price.

  3. In one word – gorgeous.

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