The Speedster is one of the most influential and beloved models in Porsche’s history. It was originally created at the request of legendary US importer Max Hoffman, who saw a demand for a lightweight sports car, one that would appeal to both sporting drivers and hardcore weekend racers. Porsche took Hoffman’s advice and created a lightened 356 with a lower windshield, race-inspired bucket seats, and a minimal top. The model was incredibly successful, and Porsche commemorated it with Speedster versions in 1989, 1994, 2011, and 2018.
This latest generation, the 991 Speedster, shares its underpinnings with the highly regarded 991 GT3 and produces over 500 hp at 9,000 rpm. A nod to its roots as an analog sports car, a six-speed manual was the only gearbox offered. Only 1,948 examples were built, commemorating the first year of the 356.
This gorgeous example is finished in the desirable and rare paint-to-sample color of Aetna Blue, a color originally offered on the 356 and a $12,830 option. The Speedster was also optioned with front-axle lift, LED headlights, a Bose surround sound system, as well as personalized illuminated carbon fiber doorsills which feature the friendly reminder “drive yourself happy.” The Porsche is offered by its original owner, a Porsche enthusiast and racer, who was offered a build slot because he purchased a 918. This is an excellent opportunity to acquire a unique, paint-to-sample Speedster in nearly new condition.