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THE MESMERIZING SPEEDSTER: 2019 Porsche 911 Selling with No Reserve

Written by independent automotive journalist David Neyens


Ever since the “Speedster” nameplate was first applied to a Porsche in 1954, it has defined the company’s most adventurous and engaging road models ever since. Stripped of all but the most basic amenities and built to a price just below $3,000 at the insistence of legendary New York importer Max Hoffman, the Speedster mesmerized American Porsche buyers and enthusiasts with its racy looks, focused driving experience and avant-garde flair. Speedsters also proved to be true “giant killers” on the track in American SCCA competition, where they out-braked, out-handled, out-accelerated and humbled many far-more-powerful competitors. Just 2,922 examples of the original Speedster were produced in all to 1959.

Despite its success as a niche model for America, Porsche management never fully grasped the original Speedster’s appeal, replacing the car with the more fully trimmed 356A Convertible D in 1959. However, despite its maker’s indifference, the sleek, bare-bones 356 Speedster managed to electrify legions of Porsche fanatics worldwide as a cult classic ever since its production ended. Facing this undeniable fact, Porsche celebrated the Speedster’s rich legacy several decades later with 2,065 examples of the Carrera 3.2-based Speedster to close out production of that popular 911 series in 1989.

Featuring a lowered windshield, soft-top and rear tonneau cover, the car evoked the original 356-based Speedsters of the 1950s with a compelling modern twist, with all 823 U.S. imports featuring aggressive Turbo-look styling. A similarly configured Speedster was also produced to commemorate the end of the next 964-generation Porsche 911 run in 1994. While Porsche did manufacture two 998-series 911 Speedsters in 1998 – one for Ferry Porsche and the other for comedian Jerry Seinfeld – no “official” 993 Speedsters were offered for public sale.

As Porsche’s designers and engineers continued to endow the rear-engine 911 series with a virtually endless succession of updates and upgrades throughout production, the company also reflected on its rich history, including the upcoming replacement of its 997-generation cars and 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking 911’s introduction back in 1963. Offered in addition to the 911 Sport Classic coupe in 2010, the 997-generation 911 Speedster maintained the elemental look of its predecessors, yet defied tradition as the best-equipped version yet, incorporating virtually every factory-available option. Special gloss-black Fuchs-style wheels were a clear and welcome nod to the glorious 911’s earlier days. However, with the aggressive Carrera GTS at its core, the 997-series 911 Speedster also delivered sharper performance than its earlier namesakes with 408 factory-rated horsepower on tap and chassis upgrades maximizing the experience. A lightweight manual top mechanism added weight savings and simplicity in character with the Speedster ethos. Just 356 were produced, silently paying homage the car that started it all for Porsche.

With evolution a constant at Porsche from the company’s inception, the 991 generation of the 911 debuted in August 2011 and progressed through two distinct iterations. The eventual end of 991 production was observed with the 991.2 version of the 911 Speedster, previewed by two showstopping concept cars. Overall performance took a massive leap with its 4.0-liter, 502-horsepower powerplant and suspension upgrades borrowed from the road/track 911 GT3, plus a chopped windshield and faired tonneau cover. Released for 2019, the 991.2-based Speedster was produced in a strictly limited run numbering 1,948 cars, honoring the inaugural year of Porsche production.

A rare and electrifying offering selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, this 2019 Porsche 911 Speedster has a GT3-derived, 4.0-liter flat 6-cylinder engine that delivers a howling 9,000-rpm redline. With its 502 factory-rated horsepower and 346 ft/lbs of torque, 0-to-60 mph acceleration is achieved in 3.7 seconds and terminal velocity is a supercar-worthy 192 mph. Riding on a set of 20-inch GT3-type center-locking alloy wheels wrapped with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, this modern Porsche icon is reined in by Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB) with yellow-finished calipers and speed bumps are negated by a front-axle lift system.

Numbered 69 of the 1,948 produced, this example features a classic Guards Red paint finish over a black leather interior, complemented by a lack manual soft-top and a carbon-fiber twin-hump rear tonneau cover. Other choice features include the Porsche

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Title: THE MESMERIZING SPEEDSTER: 2019 Porsche 911 Selling with No Reserve
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MansBrand Unveils New Automotive Racing Section to Enhance Platform for Motor Enthusiasts

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MansBrand has announced they’re expanding their platform to include a dedicated section on automotive racing. This new area complements their existing content in men’s fashion, health, outdoor adventures, and grooming. The expanded platform aims to offer more comprehensive information and resources for automotive enthusiasts alongside its current categories.

MansBrand is known for offering a wide range of services and products for men. They provide fashion advice and trends to help men stay stylish, health news that covers physical and mental well-being, guidance for outdoor activities, and information on motor vehicles. The new automotive racing section will feature various aspects of the sport, including expert advice, product reviews, and the latest racing news.

This automotive racing section will give readers detailed comparisons and reviews of cars, motorcycles, and other vehicles. It will also include maintenance tips, safety advice, and recommendations on essential motor-related products and accessories. Readers can access comprehensive guides on the gear and equipment needed for both beginners and experienced racers.

Willis from MansBrand commented on the new addition: “Our new automotive racing section is a natural extension of what we already offer on the platform. We’ve observed that many of our users have a keen interest in motor vehicles and racing. By adding this section, we aim to meet the interests of our audience and provide them with valuable content and resources. We’re still focused on our core areas like fashion, health, and outdoor activities but now can offer more for those passionate about motorsports.”

MansBrand has always emphasized community interaction and engagement. The site features blogs where users can share experiences and tips on various topics, from fashion trends to essential grooming products. The new automotive racing section will follow the same approach, encouraging readers to discuss racing strategies, share personal experiences, and offer advice through blog posts and community forums.

The updated platform remains easy to navigate. It includes advanced search options and logically organized categories. Each product or piece of content comes with high-resolution images and detailed descriptions to help visitors make informed decisions about their style, health, outdoor activities, and now, automotive racing pursuits.

Adding automotive racing content doesn’t take away from MansBrand’s commitment to fashion. The site continues to offer a wide range of Mens Fashion items, including shirts, jeans, suits, jackets, and more. By keeping up with the latest trends, MansBrand ensures its users always have access to the best fashion advice. The platform regularly updates current trends and remains a go-to hub for all things related to men’s fashion.

In the health section, MansBrand provides information on various topics, including prostate health, heart disease, and mental well-being. It offers tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, provides resources for further research and treatment options, and promotes regular health check-ups and preventative care.

The outdoor and adventure category offers advice on hiking, camping, and other activities. It also includes product reviews and recommendations for outdoor gear and equipment, helping men enjoy their outdoor experiences to the fullest.

Willis further noted: “We’re excited about the positive feedback we’ve received from our users. They’ve found valuable insights and products across all sections of the site. The automotive racing section is something that many of our users were looking forward to, and it fits perfectly within our diverse range of offerings. We believe it will inspire more men to explore and engage with us.”

MansBrand is committed to continuous improvement and actively seeks and incorporates customer feedback. They aim to be a comprehensive hub for men looking to enhance various aspects of their lives, whether it’s through fashion, health advice, grooming tips, or now, automotive racing content.

By expanding their offerings, MansBrand hopes to encourage a proactive exchange of ideas and experiences. They aim to inspire men to embrace new fashion challenges, refine their style, and discover passions in automotive racing, outdoor adventure, and health-conscious living. The platform invites men from all walks of life to join its growing online community.

For a comprehensive experience, the Mens Fashion Website  also includes features that are easy to navigate. From advanced search capabilities to logically organized categories, every item is accompanied by high-resolution images and detailed descriptions.

For more details on the new automotive racing section and other categories, visit the official site.

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2024 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Preview

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The 29th annual Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, powered by O’Gara Coach, will bring a full day of free family fun to Beverly Hills on Sunday, June 16. This year’s Father’s Day car show will feature 100 rare and iconic vehicles, great food and plenty of entertainment. The Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, which will take place between Wilshire Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., is one of the area’s most beloved annual events. Here’s a glimpse at what you can expect to see on California’s most iconic street:

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This year’s event will host a special celebration of hypercars, supercars, race cars, classics and custom-built showstoppers. Provided by exclusive private collections, passionate car enthusiasts and even some of the world’s most recognized manufacturers, this has become one of the country’s preeminent luxury car shows.


Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Chairman Bruce Meyer, Beverly Hills Mayor Lester Friedman, Rodeo Drive Committee President Kay Monica Rose and renowned car buff Jay Leno will present trophies to 12 award-winning entrants—from “Most Elegant” to “Best in Show”—on the main stage starting at noon.

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Title: 2024 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Preview
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Speed Read: A garage-built Ducati 996 café racer and more

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The latest café racers, flat trackers, and electric scooters.
We kick things off with a feel-good story of a botched Ducati 996 custom job, rescued by a talented garage builder. Then we look at a dazzling Yamaha SR500 flat tracker from 20-year-old Moritz Bree, a dustbin-faired Honda Dax from K-Speed, and a BMW CE 04 scooter from Deus ex Machina.

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Ducati 996 by Jaron Hall Most people would balk at the idea of customizing a Ducati 996, but Utah-based garage builder Jaron Hall’s work on this 996 is nothing short of noble. That’s because when Jaron got his hands on the 996, it was in dire need of saving.

The Ducati’s previous owner had tried to turn it into a scrambler, so it came to Jaron with no fairings, a hacked subframe, and a smorgasbord of sketchy parts. Working after hours (he has a marketing day job), and taking on the entire build solo, Jaron turned the mongrel 996 into a high-class Italian café racer.

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Title: Speed Read: A garage-built Ducati 996 café racer and more
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