Birthdays and anniversaries are annual and we like to celebrate the ones that matter to us. Porsche and their sports cars matter to us an awful lot, and also to many of the petrolhead community comprising of fans and rivals alike. The month of June celebrates 70 Years of Porsche sports cars and as part of this milestone’s celebrations, Porsche has built a special tribute — the 911 Speedster Concept.
The brand has taken some of the key definitive characteristics that can be traced to its origins with the very first Porsche 356 ‘No.1′ Roadster — open-top, lightweight, two seats, engine at the back, and darn good fun to drive on a twisty stretch of road. This concept includes a shorter window frame and more inclined windscreen, a double-bubble carbon fibre rear cover over the roll-over protection structure and even a transparent Plexiglas wind deflector that features an engraved ’70 years of Porsche’ logo. The lovely interior gets protected by a tonneau cover instead of a typical convertible top.
The broad body of this concept car was taken from a 911 Carrera 4 with carbon-fibre fitted wherever possible to make it as light as possible and even the satnav, radio and aircon has been removed. The chassis underneath is borrowed from the hardcore road car, the 911 GT3 and the GT developers at Porsche Motorsport Centre threw in the exhaust system and the powertrain too, including a MANUAL 6-speed gearbox. That little gem is responsible for channelling the power to the rear wheels from a flat-six which in this concept delivers over 500hp revs up to 9000rpm.
Porsche may consider a limited-run production of a 911 Speedster but the closest possible spec probably won’t be shown to the public before 2019. If there is some kind of online petition to ensure that Porsche does make this car, where can I sign it? The world needs a Porsche 911 Speedster drop-top with a minimalistic interior, manual transmission only and a double bubble rear cover and it does seem like a fitting tribute to mark the 70th birthday of one of the best sports car brands of all time. What do you think of this concept? Share your thoughts in the comments below the gallery and subscribe to The Auto Loons for more updates from the car world.