Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2016: 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster

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1989 Porsche 911 Speedster | Barrett-Jackson Photos

Editor’s note: This is the eighth in a 30-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold January 23-31 during Barrett-Jackson’s 45th Scottsdale auction.

When Porsche debuted the 911 Speedster in 1989 it brought back a lot of fond memories for enthusiasts of earlier models, evoking the spirit of the Porsche Speedsters from the 1950s, in part due to its low-cut and raked windshield.

This 1989 911 Speedster combines the shortened windshield of classic ’50s Speedsters with the wide, turbo-style body of later models. Its 214-horsepower, 3.2-liter flat-6 maintained the air-cooled configuration for which Porsches were famous.

The car came without rear seats and had a twin-humped tonneau for when the top was down. It was available in both narrow-body and turbo-style wide-body configurations. The 911 Speedster was only made in 1989, and 2,104 were built. Slightly more than 800 went to the United States.

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1989 911 Speedster combines the shortened windshield of classic ’50s Speedsters with the wide, turbo-style body of later models

This 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster is set to cross the Scottsdale block at no reserve.

The car has a short-throw, 5-speed transmission, four-way power seats, air conditioning, leather upholstery, and a Porsche sound system. It has heavy-duty, 4-piston disc brakes with ventilated and cross-drilled rotors and features only 12,627 miles on it and has the Porsche Certificate of Authenticity.

The Speedster’s performance is more than hinted at by the Turbo-style bodywork comprising flared fenders and wider tires on Fuchs wheels with black-painted centers. The Speedster also uses the Turbo’s suspension with the exception of Bilstein shocks.

Barrett-Jackson’s 45th Anniversary Scottsdale Auction, January 23-31 at WestWorld of Scottsdale, will feature over 1,400 vehicles, most selling at No Reserve. For information on becoming a bidder, visit Barrett-Jackson.com/bid or call 480-421-6694.

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