Porsche builds a special 911 Speedster Concept to celebrate its 70th anniversary

Exactly 70 years ago, the very first Porsche 356 ‘No. 1’ Roadster received its operating permit. To celebrate this momentous occasion, the German carmaker has unveiled a new special 911. Called the Porsche 911 Speedster Concept, it’s basically a GT3 with its roof chopped off and with styling elements that pay tribute the open top version of the marque’s first car – the legendary 356 Speedster. The Porsche 911 Speedster Concept’s development was handled by Porsche Motorsport in Weissach. The body of the concept comes from the Carrera 4 Cabriolet; although the windscreen is significantly shorter and steeply raked and the standard wings and hood has been ditched for carbon-fiber replacements. For further weight saving, the interior features carbon bucket seats, while the A/C unit and music system are missing.

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The 911 Speedster Concept shares the chassis with the current 911 GT3. It even has the same 500-hp, 4.0-liter naturally aspirated flat-six engine and six-speed manual gearbox. In terms of styling, the concept wears a two-tone paint scheme of GT Silver and White that harks back to old Porsche racing cars. The 21-inch center-locking wheels are designed to look like old Fuchs and the side mirrors look like they have been picked straight out of the 365 Speedster. Porsche says a decision on whether to put the Speedster into production “will be made in the coming months.” However, the German marque in the past has built limited-edition Speedsters as final hurrah for a specific generation of 911. Since the next-generation 911, the 992, is soon going to be launched, this 70th anniversary 911 Speedster could very well be a way to celebrate the end of production of the current-generation 911.

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