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The 911 (964) Speedster is a car that, even in Porsche circles, is pretty unknown and there are a lot of people that aren’t even aware of its existence – making it without doubt one of the rarest 911 derivatives, especially in Right Hand Drive form.
The previous version of 911 Speedster produced in 1989 was the first car to revive the Speedster nomenclature since the 356 Speedster of the 1950’s. Featuring a lower front screen, the basis of that car was the 911 3.2 Carrera and Porsche produced over 2000 of them in mostly Turbo bodied form, although it was also available with a narrow body.
In late 1992, Porsche announced the introduction of the new Speedster, narrow bodied only and now based on the 911 (964) Carrera 2 platform, with an initial plan to produce 3000 units worldwide. Times were a lot harder in 1993 when the car eventually saw the light of day compared to the boom time of 1989 and when production ended, the grand total was 936 units, worldwide.
In the UK, the total volume of RHD deliveries was 14, not surprising then that many many people have never even heard of it ! The 964 Speedster, like the previous car, featured a cut down windscreen and a basic roof which, when down, was hidden beneath the distinctive humps where the rear seat used to be on a normal 911 (the Speedster is a strict 2 seater !)
The roof is designed for emergencies only, a Speedster is not supposed to have a roof, but of course in our climate, that would render the car un useable for a large part of the year. It also came with Carrera RS Style bucket seats, the backs of which were colour coded (Sports Seats with much greater adjustment were also available as in this particular car) along with Carrera RS Door Cards and pull straps, Carrera RS 16” Wheels and was available with either 5 Speed Manual or Tiptronic transmission.