1988 Porsche 911 Turbo “Speedster”

I can’t say I’ve seen something like this before. This 1988 Porsche 911 Turbo started off innocent enough, but was converted to a Speedster body and I really don’t know how I feel about it. I actually enjoy the standard G-body Speedster quiet a lot and thankful that Porsche actually produced it. But this? My mind is struggling to process it. I think I know why.

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1994 Porsche 911 Speedster

The 964 Porsche 911 Speedster has always been a cool novelty, but that doesn’t mean it is only that. I think these stayed true to the original 356 Speedster compared to Turbo-bodied 3.2 Carrera-based 911 Speedster, 997 Speedster, and 991 Speedster that is basically just a GT3. Porsche also blessed the US market with the fixed-back lightweight seats that were in the 964 RS for that extra feeling over the 964 Cabriolet. Only 936 examples were produced, with 427 Speedsters heading Stateside. These pop up for sale from time to time, but most are tucked away in collections given their rarity and the aircooled boom. This example up for sale in California checks in with 34,000 miles and some odd little custom touches that makes Porsche so unpredictable at times.

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2019 Porsche 911 Speedster

Well, that didn’t last long.

Porsche released the 991 Speedster late last year and it didn’t disappoint. It was a GT3 Touring with a raked windshield, a tiny manually-operated soft top, and a slightly tweaked interior. They produced 1,948 of them and naturally people wanted them badly. That meant paying over sticker in a lot of cases and even more outrageous prices. How much over sticker? Sometimes over $100,000. As luck would have it, turns out demand wasn’t so great after all. I say that because now we are in May and there are still brand new 2019 Speedster sitting in dealer showrooms with delivery mileage on them. I wonder if the same people who paid $400,000 for these cars are the ones who paid $700,000 to get a 911R?

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2019 Porsche 911 Speedster

A few weeks ago I took a look at a new 2019 Porsche 911 Speedster that had a little bit of identity crisis. The dealer couldn’t seem to decide what color it was, so much so that it altered all the photos of the car after it was live on eBay. It’s easily one of the strangest things I’ve ever come across in my time writing about cars – especially from a big-time dealer. Just to wash my hands of that Speedster experience, I thought I’d take a look at another one, and this one even has something a little extra special.

This 991 Speedster is optioned with the $24,500 Heritage Design Package. What does that entail? Porsche’s goal was to pay homage to the 356, so they add gold badges, a vintage-look hood badge, black calipers, and a leather interior. There also was an option to add circle numbers on the doors and white graphics, but it looks like this build totally skipped it. So yes, nearly $25,000 for some badges, paint, and special leather color. Can’t say you didn’t see that coming.

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2019 Porsche 911 Speedster

Production of the Porsche 991 chassis has wrapped up and oh boy did it go out with a bang. Continuing on the tradition of the Speedster body style, lots were left wondering how Porsche was going to make the Speedster “work”, so to speak, as the rear end of the GT3 is quite girthy. That meant making a giant clam shell to hide a little fabric roof and all make it work flawlessly, while not ruining the design of the 991 completely. What do you know, but the engineers at Porsche pulled it, just like they always seem to do.

Just to sum it up, the 991 Speedster is basically a GT3 Touring with a raked windshield and the already mentioned carbon fiber clam shell to house a soft top. Just 1,948 examples were produced for worldwide consumption, with most all of them being offered to significant Porsche customers, who not only buy everything that is graciously offered to them, but also buy and lease models that need moved off the lot. The majority of these Speedsters never saw the lights of the showroom floor and were directly deposited right into the garages of collectors, but one of two of them with delivery miles are being advertised to the general public. This example up for sale in Los Angeles is finished in the amazing PTS blue (more on that after the break) and has a bunch of other special little treats. The price? Brace for impact.

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1994 Porsche 911 Speedster

I’ve featured the 911 Speedster quite a bit over the years. Enough so that these days they usually only catch my eye when there’s something pretty unique about them. While I like them a lot, and love the original 356 Speedster, there’s a degree to which they all blend together and are more or less the same: Black, White, or Red with very low miles and seemingly pristine condition. There’s little more to say than, “Here’s another 911 Speedster for sale.”

The version produced for the 964 is itself a little more unique. It’s narrow body reminds us much more of the original 356 compared with the Turbo-bodied 3.2 Carrera-based 911 Speedster. The color palette also appears to be more diverse, though that may be anecdotal rather than based on actual production. There are still plenty of Red, White, and Black.

This one shines through those colors like a beacon beckoning you to drive it. And driven it has been! Here we have a Speed Yellow 1994 Porsche 911 Speedster, located in St. Louis, with factory painted sport seats and 81,516 miles on it. 81K miles may not seem like much for a car that’s nearly 25 years old, but for the Speedster, a 911 always coveted by collectors, it’s a good chunk of mileage.

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1989 Porsche 911 Speedster

It’s been a while since we checked in on the 911 Speedster so I figured it was as good a time as any to see how the market is appreciating these very collectible 911s. Plus, this one looks really nice. As we check in a couple things quickly become clear: despite the air-cooled 911 market generally showing some stagnancy that has not hindered Speedster values. They’re still quite expensive. Relatedly, there are still a good number of ultra-low-mileage examples to be found. The 911 Speedster found its way into many collections from the jump and that has meant they rarely see the light of day. We’ve seen a couple of them with more miles – and if you happen to want a Speedster so you can enjoy some driving it’s highly suggested you seek those out since prices are far lower – but they seem the exception.

This one ably demonstrates each of those points. Here we have a Grand Prix White 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster, located in Texas, with Tan interior and just 8,713 miles on it.

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Tuner Tuesday: 1994 Porsche 911 Ruf Speedster

This might be the best 911 Speedster I’ve ever seen. That this wonderful Speedster wears Ruf badging probably should not surprise us though in some ways it is sort of a surprising Ruf vehicle. It shows all of the terrific attention to detail we’ve come to expect from Ruf and its Ferrari paint helps make clear it is not your standard 911 Speedster. We aren’t told how many miles it’s traveled in total in its life, but it’s said to be restored and has seen under 2K miles since that restoration. The overall condition appears excellent.

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Year: 1994
Model: 911 Speedster
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 2,300 km (~ 1429 mi) since restoration
Price: Inquire

Great condition – fully restored

Date of first registration: January 1993
Mileage after restoration: ca. 2.300 km
3,6 Liter 6-Cylinder Boxerengine
184 kW (250 HP) at 6.100 rpm
310 Nm at 4.800 rpm

Manual 6-Speed Transmission
Rear wheel drive

Exteriorcolour: Ferrari Rosso Mugello red
Interiorcolour/-material: Black leather, red stitching
Black roof top
Red CarpetHeadlight washing system
Climate control
Lightweight door covers
Radio incl. navigation system
Sport suspension
Sport bucket seats
Sport steering wheel
Seat back painted in exterior colour
RUF 18“ Classic Aluminium wheels

For sale on behalf of customer

Please contact us at 0049 (0) 8265-911 911 or info@ruf-automobile.de

While I wouldn’t say I’ve done an exhaustive search, my searching has come up with little information about this Speedster other than the basic details seen in the ad text here. Aesthetically, it’s received a full interior treatment that looks fantastic alongside its Rosso Mugello exterior and sports 18″ Ruf wheels. Mechanically, the standard 5-speed has been swapped for a 6-speed manual transmission and it now has a sport suspension, presumably developed by Ruf. It also seems clear that there hasn’t been much engine work beyond mechanical refreshing. Horsepower and torque remain those of the standard Speedster. A lack of additional power isn’t unheard of in a Ruf automobile, but it’s not generally how we think of them. This isn’t a Speedster that has undergone a significant transformation, but rather most everything has been improved by a matter of degree. As a sum, it comes together quite well. I’m sure we’d all like to see it with a little more power, but I guess nothing is perfect.

We aren’t told the asking price for this Speedster here, but in a previous listing the asking price was €295K (~ $315K). That’s a lot of money and certainly much more than what even some of the best 964 Speedsters sell for, but it’s not unheard of for a true Ruf car to achieve such high values. I don’t know whether other Speedsters like this exist; this is the only one I’ve seen and as noted above even with regard to this one there isn’t much information available. I would definitely love to know more as this is one of the most unique 964s out there.

-Rob

1989 Porsche 911 Speedster – Narrow Body

The 911 Speedster, Porsche’s homage to the original 356 Speedster produced in the ’50s, finds its way to our pages with good frequency. From the outset these have been sought by collectors and many remain in excellent condition. Even the rare example that has been put to use and shows plenty of miles typically remains in very good shape. Values, naturally, are also very high. When Porsche released the 911 Speedster the vast majority were fitted with the wider rear of the 930. And to my knowledge every Speedster we’ve featured here at GCFSB has presented in this standard configuration. Here we have one of the exceptions. Of the more than 2,000 911 Speedsters produced only 171 came with the narrow body of the 3.2 Carrera rather than the wide body. Suffice it to say we don’t see these often, but here we have a Silver Metallic 1989 Porsche 911 narrow-body Speedster, located in France, which has traveled fewer than 19K kilometers.

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Tuner Tuesday: 1987 Porsche 911 Turbo Slantnose Cabriolet

There are days when I look at my Audi Coupe GT and think I did it all wrong. I stripped it out, made it hot and uncomfortable; too loud, too stiff, too track biased. It’s fun to drive in short bursts when it’s not hot, or cold, or raining, but there’s a bit of regret that I’m not able to drive and enjoy it more regularly. And it’s too black – it looks fantastic when it’s briefly clean, but every single scratch, nick, and scuff stand out like pimples on a teenager’s face before prom. But, you’d say, it’s a lowly Audi Coupe. Most people don’t even know what they are, and even 95% of those who do wouldn’t care if I made it however I wanted it to be. But what if I had a bigger budget? And, what if I was even more crazy?

I might have made something like this 911. It started life as a ’87 911 Turbo Cabriolet. Maybe. But then someone had an idea, a lot of drugs, and even more money. The result is an absolutely crazy 935-inspired 911 Turbo Slantnose Cabriolet that is so wildly awesome and horrible at the same time you’ll never unsee it:

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