For the 2011 model year, Porsche unveiled the third 911 Speedster after a 17-year hiatus at the Paris Auto Salon in October of 2010 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur. Beginning with a Carrera 4 cabriolet shell, a completely new bulkhead section with a 2.4 inch lower, swept-back windscreen surround, and new metalwork at the rear to accommodate the double bubble convertible top compartment lid and manual top beneath it. Unique front and rear bumpers with molded ducts and specific side skirts were also produced exclusively for the Speedster. The low-slung profile along with the additional 1.7 inches of width in the rear subtly enhanced the sporty look of the body and made the third iteration of the 911 Speedster a distinctive model in the modern 911 lineup. Porsche offered the new Speedster in only two exterior colors- Carrara White and Pure Blue. Pure Blue was a paint color developed solely for the Speedster.
With the Speedster’s striking appearance sorted, Porsche addressed performance, beginning with a 3.8 flat-six equipped with the Powerkit producing 408 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. In following with tradition, Porsche elected to make the Speedster rear-wheel-drive through the seven-speed PDK transmission and a standard differential lock. Porsche equipped the Speedster with every Carrera S option available, including the Porsche carbon-ceramic brakes with six-and-four piston calipers, Porsche Active Suspension Management, Sport Chrono Plus and Bi-Xenon headlights with leveling and cleaning system. The 19×8 and 11.5 black painted center Fuchs-style wheel of the Sport Classic were included on the Speedster to complement the tribute theme. The interior was meticulously finished by hand in black smooth leather with trim finished to match the exterior color, including a checkered flag pattern on the front center section of the adaptive sport seats and the leather of the side bolsters finished in the exterior color.
A total of just 356 were manufactured worldwide. Of those, 108 examples were available to the United States market. The 997 Speedster’s celebration of Porsche heritage and combination of stunning styling, outstanding performance, and limited production made it an instant collectible in the eyes of enthusiasts.
This example is number 264 of 356. It was purchased new by its first owner from The Collection in Coral Gables, Florida. Between its first and second owners, it has accumulated just 2,075 miles on the odometer and presents in like-new condition throughout. Accompanying the Speedster are the original owner’s manuals, supplemental literature, indoor car cover, leather folios, and Ipod interface cable. This 2011 Speedster is an excellent opportunity to own one of the best modern collectible 911s available.
Number 264 of 356 examples produced
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