This second generation 911 is a prototype model number 911/640, it is the 'Speedster concept' as revived by Peter Schutz, CEO of Porsche in the 1980s. This Speedster model had first been proposed to Peter Schutz when he took over Porsche in late 1981, but the body style chosen at that time was the Cabriolet. A designation of 'Speedster' in the past indicated a special light weight 356 model with unique styling features and no frills. The concept 911 was based on a Cabriolet modified for special accessories including the option of two different styles of windshields, a fiberglass tonneau covering all but the driver's seat, complete W bullet head rest, as well as a full removable hardtop and soft top. The Sonderwunsch Special Wishes Department (now named Porsche Exclusive) headed by Rolf Sprenger handled unique customer wishes and he was asked to build the prototype Speedster in secret.
A United States version 1985 911 Factory Turbo Look Cabriolet finished in Guards Red was 'taken' from the new car assembly area and delivered to the Special Wish Department for modification in the Speedster prototype. Some years later a second Speedster prototype was shown at the 1987 Frankfurt Motor Show and in 1989 a limited production series of the 911 Speedster, using the Cabrio bodyshell without any additional stiffening, went on sale for this one model year.
As a result of the study this car participated in, Porsche Turbo-Look body styles went on sale in Germany and the United States. The Turbo-Look accounted for 1,894 of the 2,065 Speedsters made between January and September 1989: 63 right-hand drive Speedsters were officially imported to the United Kingdom and 823 went to the United States.
There were no frills on the Speedster. The windows and heater were manually controlled. The seats were dropped to accommodate the lower roof line. The rear seats were removed and the area carpeted. The M419 factory option provided a permanently installed storage box with two lockable lids.
This first Speedster prototype and all special accessories were later delivered to Brumos Porsche in Jacksonville, Florida during 1986 and on September 3rd of 1987 it was sold to a special United States customer from Grands Rapids, Michigan that owns it to this day!
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(Data based on Model Year 1985
Vehicles That Failed To Sell1985 Porsche Speedster Design Study's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
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