The six-cylinder boxer engine was a concept originated by Dr. Porsche’s nephew, Ferdinand Piech. Thanks in large part to Piech’s engineering prowess, this aluminum-alloy, air-cooled engine remained a Porsche staple, developing and evolving while remaining true to many of its original design principles. By 1989 the engine had grown from its original 2 liters to 3.2 liters. Power increased proportionally, from 130 hp in 1963 to 231 hp (DIN) by 1989.
Not unlike the engine, many facets of the 911’s original design remained consistent-unit-body construction, rear-mounted engine, dry-sump lubrication, independent suspension, four-wheel disc brakes and excellent ergonomics, all enclosed by an aerodynamically effective fastback body. Popular Targa top and convertible versions were also offered by the early 1970s.
The 1989 911 Carrera Speedster, with its steeply raked, low-cut windshield and cockpit cover, was inspired by the original four-cylinder 356 Speedsters produced in the ’50s. With its stout 3.2-liter engine and its much improved G-50 transmission, 1989 Carrera Speedsters are likely the most collectible of the 1980s Porsche variants since only 2,065 examples were built in a single model year. Of this total production run, only 823 arrived in North America.
The particular 911 Speedster offered here is notable for two key reasons: the car has covered only 1,260 miles since new and remains virtually in showroom condition, and it was custom factory ordered in Aquamarine Blue to match the standard color of the first owner’s 1958 356 Speedster.
This Turbo-look, wide-body Speedster also features an interior in gray leather and a complementing dark blue convertible top. Other optional equipment, according to the Porsche Cars certificate of authenticity, includes a Blaupunkt Charleston AM/FM stereo with cassette, cruise control and air conditioning. Other than a new factory battery and Michelin Pilot tires, this Porsche time-capsule car is exactly as it left the factory in 1989.