17 years elapsed before Porsche unveiled the 2011 model year Speedster at the Paris Auto Salon in October of 2010 in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur. They began with a Carrera 4 cabriolet shell and created 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 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 Pure Blue example is number 247 of 356 and presents as new throughout with just 362 miles on the odometer. It was delivered new to its first owner through Pacific Porsche in Torrance, California with a single option- a fire extinguisher mounted beneath the driver’s seat- listed on the window sticker. Its second owner was a prominent collector and kept the Speedster in pristine condition after adding it to his collection, adding very few miles to the odometer throughout the course of ownership.
Accompanying the car is all of the pertinent books and documentation. Those who were fortunate enough to purchase one of these limited production 911 examples have held tightly onto them, and this virtually new Speedster presents a second chance for those who may have missed their chance to purchase one of their own.
Number 247 of 356 produced worldwide
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