My Ten Favorite Porsche 911s

Don Sherman
Paul Barshon A. J. Mueller Richard Newton Martyn Goddard Glenn Paulina

V: 1989 Speedster

1989 911 Speedster: We're talking here not about the anemic and considerably more rare slimline version, but rather the much better and much better-looking wide-body Turbo-look car, which also swipes the brakes, wheels, and suspension from the Turbo. The roof, which stows away beneath a bubble-shaped plastic lid, is very much a manual operation. After a lot of pulling and fiddling, it should eventually attach to the special cut-down windshield frame that offers about as much rollover protection as a baseball cap. The Speedster arguably looks prettier with the top up, but in that configuration, it is hard to see out of and headroom is virtually nonexistent. When it rains, the cabin steams up and the canvas roof is prone to leak. Although it lacks power windows and standard A/C, I still love the Mark 1 Speedster (but not the comparatively ungainly 964-based model) for its rare mix of street presence, driving pleasure, and investment appeal. I came very close to buying the car we borrowed for an "On the trails of James Dean" story [March 1988], but at the eleventh hour, the PR guy let it go to auction - or so he said.

911 Speedster
U.S. Model year: 1989
Engine: 3.2L flat-6, 217 hp, 195 lb-ft
Transmission: 5-speed manual
0-62 mph: 6.1 sec
Top speed: 137 mph
Weight: 2756 lb
Production: 818/2103 (U.S./total)
Original price: $65,480

Hurley Haywood | By Jason Cammisa

When his name is mentioned, it's usually followed by the assertion that American Hurley Haywood is the most accomplished endurance racing driver of all time. And it's no wonder, as he's racked up five overall wins at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, three at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and two at the 12 Hours of Sebring. If there ever was a Porsche lifer, it's Haywood: the length of his forty-year relationship with Porsche is almost more impressive than his scorecard. All of the above wins were accomplished while driving Porsches - so it's no surprise that Haywood, 61, is the chief instructor at Porsche's Sport Driving School in Alabama. Like Walter Röhrl, Haywood often makes appearances at press launches - but whereas Röhrl loves to show off behind the wheel, Haywood prefers to shine from the passenger side. Make the same mistakes a few times and, with your permission, Haywood will grab the steering wheel with his left hand and show you how it's supposed to be done.

Haywood's Favorite 911s
1963 901 prototype
1973 911S
1976 930 Turbo
1987 959
1992 964 Turbo S
1993 964 America Roadster
1999 996 Carrera
2005 997 Carrera
2007 997 GT3 RS
2008 997 GT2

My favorite 911? Any one that doesn't need to visit my mechanic to fund his kid's post-graduate education.
My favourite 911 derivative: the Cayenne. *smirk*

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