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Lot 219

1989 Porsche 911 Speedster

  • Chassis no. WP0EB0916KS173721
  • Engine no. 64K063338

Sold for $154,000


217 bhp, 3,165 cc SOHC air-cooled horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine with Bosch electronic fuel injection, five-speed G50 manual transmission, independent front suspension with MacPherson struts, lower A-arms, torsion bars, and an anti-roll bar; independent rear suspension with semi-trailing arms, transverse torsion bars, tubular shock absorbers, and an anti-roll bar; and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 89.4 in.

  • Numbers-matching engine; only 8,019 original miles
  • One of just 823 U.S.-spec Speedsters for 1989
  • “Turbo-look” wide-body


The popularity of the original and Spartan 356 Speedster of the early 1950s was the impetus for reviving the model name in 1983. Several thousand, based on the 911 SC platform, were built at the direction of Porsche CEO Peter Schutz, and the project was supervised by Technical Director Helmuth Bott. Porsche stylist Tony Lapine took what was essentially a 911 cabriolet and removed its windshield, folding top assembly, and rear seats. The front glass was replaced with a steeply raked, lower-profile removable windshield and frame that mimicked that of the original 356 Speedster.

Creating a new two-seater, the area behind the driver and passenger seats became carpeted storage beneath a hinged fiberglass tonneau. A minimalist fabric top glibly described as being for “Emergency use” replaced the electric top of the cabriolet. Although the Speedster could be ordered in either “narrow-body” or “Turbo-look” form, nearly all of those exported to the United States were wide-bodied, with the requisite wider Fuchs forged-alloy wheels and larger tires.

Schutz had envisioned the new Speedster as being suitable for club racing in the United States, but most came very well equipped with such items as air-conditioning, electric seats, leather upholstery, plush carpeting, and stereos. Because of their limited availability, most were quickly snapped up by speculators or vanished into the collections of Porsche enthusiasts. That prompted Porsche to revive the Speedster again for the 1989 model year as a stop-gap when the new Type 964 Carrera was delayed in coming to market. Lapine freshened the earlier design, using modernized mechanical components on a cabriolet chassis.

As with the earlier SC-based version, Lapine produced an attractive two-seat convertible in both narrow and wide-fendered, “Turbo-look” body styles. Some 2,060 examples of the cabriolet with the M503 Speedster option package were built between January and September of 1989, and of that number, only 800 or so went to U.S. customers. The drivetrain was standard 964 Carrera 2, with a 3.2-liter, 217-horsepower engine and the new and greatly improved G50 five-speed manual transmission. Porsche’s always-excellent power-assisted disc brakes added to its drivability. Again, many went into private collections.

This lovely 1989 Speedster, with barely 8,000 miles on its odometer, has been part of one such collection for several years. Finished in always-popular Guards Red with a cashmere interior in “Ruffled” leather, it is fitted with a Blaupunkt Reno stereo entertainment system, air- conditioning, electrically adjustable driver and passenger seats, a shortened shift lever, an alarm system, and cruise control. The well-cared-for Speedster retains its original tool kit and collapsible spare tire and wheel.

Speedsters always turn heads when they appear in public; this excellent example would be a very attractive addition to any Porsche collection.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

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California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

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California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

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California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

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California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more