I was planning to go with a 2007 Variable Turbine Tehnology turbo engine. I think it will fit with enough cutting...rotfl
Yes this one would remain stock except perhaps OEM Porsche Euro market upgrades.
It would be my daily driver to the Porsche store if I end up getting one so a low mile car really doesn't matter to me.
I took the wife to Carmel last weekend and during the drive down she says "since we just paid off your Lotus, why don't you go ahead and get the Carrera S Coupe that you've been talking about?" I told her that I think I would enjoy a Speedster more. She rolls her eyes when she hears that it's a 1989. But starts to listen to the idea more intently when I tell her it is about 1/2 the cost :up:
Hey Perry, you and I are on the same wavelength again... almost. I've been lusting after an '87 - '89 (i.e. G50 trans) 911 turbo-look cabrio for ~20 years now. All the show, not so much go as the turbo, but at least you don't have to deal with those turbos' antiquated (i.e. '70s) fuel-injection and engine management, not to mention world-class turbo lag.
Slap a mass flow sensor upgrade ,with an open air filter element, on there, in place of the air-flap box and a throaty exhaust (with equal length exhaust manifolds, i.e. "heater boxes") and you've got serviceable power (at least for those of you at sea level) and KILLER SOUND. The only thing that would make it sound better is a set of triple throat Webers!
As a matter of fact, the main reason I decided to keep the Elise and forego using my owner loyalty coupon on a '08 Exige S 240 is that the difference in price would still get me an '87 - '89 911 turbo-look cab.
I've got an '89 Porsche brochure around here somewhere that includes both the turbo-looks and the Speedster. Hmmm...
A bit different, but my boss is selling his 70's Porsche 930 (911 turbo widebody). This car has basically been fully restored. New paint, new 2.7 motor, Recaro seats, etc. It was restored by Autothority in Alexandria, VA. He has owned it since 1983 I believe. I can get more info if you're interested. I think he asking <$20k.
Neil, I work at a Porsche dealership with lots of lifts.. rotfl
Keena Turner(former 49ers dreamteam player) dropped his White Speedster off a few days ago for routine service @29K miles and I got the bug.. I really loved the look and simplicity of the car when it was first introduced. I have a buddy that has a triple Black one with under 1,000 miles!
Some of the prices are ridiculous. I will lurk and look for a decent buy on one and if the timing is right :shrug: I'm looking to spend under $50K.
I had an '86 triple black turbo look cab with wing delete. That was as close as I could afford to the speedster. If you're a porsche guy, then you know that the 3.2 often has valve guide issues (mine did...), and if I recall correctly, you have to do a leak down test to verify the condition of the guides. As you know, a top-end rebuild is expensive.
Also, the tops are very expensive to replace - mine was coming undone when I sold the car.
That said, I too would buy a speedster tomorrow if the wife would allow 2 sports cars. I think they're great. I liked my cab a lot, and would have liked it a lot more if it had more horsepower, which was my only area of dissatisfaction with the car (if you don't count dropping 8 grand on having the motor rebuilt...).
Good luck with your search - post a pic when you get your speedster.
I had an 89 Speedster. I actually owned the same car on 2 different occasions. I doubt that you will find anything decent under $50K. 89 Speedster prices are on the rise. The lines are drop dead beautiful. Even though it was supposed to be "lightweight at 2,750" you will find that the car actually feels quite heavy. Overall a great driving vehicle but vastly different than the Elise. You may consider an 87-89 cab. They are plentiful and you can get a pretty good buy on one at this time. Good luck with your search.