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Japan Car Auction Finds: Porsche 911 Speedster (1995)

Posted by Stephen On Friday, July 13th, 2012

A modern (now also aging) retake on the classic 356 Speedster, the 911 Speedster was produced in limited numbers between 1989 and 1994. This one at auction yesterday was one of the final examples built.

I remember this model being controversial at the time it came out. Basically a 911 Cabriolet with a chopped windscreen and a fancy tonneau cover but little else to recommend it — except its very limited production run.

And so although this one only has 37,260KM (23,152 miles) on the clock, this kind of low mileage is not so rare for these kinds of cars. It seems that the main attraction of buying one new back then was its collectibility. So owners have always had their eyes on the future value, and as a result have left them locked up in the garage most of their lives.

Nonetheless, this was a good condition example. So perhaps due to the rarity of these cars in Japan, the final sold price was pushed up to almost 7.7 million Yen.

911 Speedster at auction in Japan -- Front
911 Speedster at auction in Japan -- Interior
911 Speedster at auction in Japan -- Rear
911 Speedster at auction in Japan -- auction inspection report

Despite the mixed opinions about the original 911 Speedster, in 2010 Porsche decided to produce a modern take on this 80s vehicle and ended up building 356 of these cars you can see in the video below:

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Japan Car Auction Finds: Porsche 911s Then And Now

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

The new 911 (the 991 model) is a masterpiece of modern engineering, continuing the contemporary 911’s reputation as a useable everyday supercar.

But just like highly successful bands like U2, it’s interesting to look back and see just how much has changed and what has remained the same.

Let’s take a look at these two 911s coming up for sale in the auctions in Japan on June 14th. They represent two extremes of 911 development over the last 40 years.

On the one hand, you have this 1971 model (first registered in Japan in January 1972) 911E. A rapid set of wheels in its time, although its 7.6 second 0 – 62 mph time and 137 mph top speed are junior hot hatch territory now. On the other hand, all this performance was from an air cooled 2.2 liter engine — a quite impressive feat with the technology of the time.

1972 Porsche 911 at auction -- front
1972 Porsche 911 at auction -- rear

Now we warp 40 years forward to the latest 991 incarnation of this motoring icon.

The engine in this Carrera S model is now up to 3.8 liters and pushes out 400PS. It can now hit 60 in just 4.6 seconds and go on to a top speed of 180 mph.

And this is a high-tech wonder. In this cabriolet model, for example, the roof may look like a traditional soft top, but super-light cast magnesium panels combined with aluminum and magnesium hinge mechanisms hidden under the fabric conspire to make it as secure and quiet as the coupe when the top is up.

So two opposite ends of 911 development. And two very different ends of the buying spectrum, too: The new 991 has only 40KM on the clock and bidding starts at 12.5 million Yen. The 1972 model? Well the 5-digit odometer means its true mileage cannot be verified, and the starting price of zero means the only way is up.

But rather than get bogged down in questions of money and value, let’s take another look at these two great cars. This time let’s remember how much they have in common: Specifically, the rear-engine layout, and that evergreen classic 911 silhouette.

2012 Porsche 991 cabriolet at auction in Japan
2012 Porsche 991 cabriolet at auction in Japan - rear

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