To mark the 70th anniversary of building its first sports car in 1948, Porsche has created the 911 Speedster Concept, an open-top variant of the company’s iconic model that boasts 500 horsepower. Based on a 911 Cabriolet, the new one-off ties back to the 356 No.1 Roadster which received its operating permit on June 8, 1948.

The newest Speedster is also part of the official “70 years of Porsche Sports Cars” celebration in the company’s Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen hometown.

In keeping with similar models built over the years, the 911 Speedster Concept features a cut-down windshield and a lightweight tonneau cover in place of a traditional cloth convertible top. It’s a barebones lightweight sporting machine with its 500 -horsepower turbocharged flat 6-cylinder engine derived from GT cars developed by Porsche Motorsports Center in Weissach. Weight savings come from eliminating the navigation, radio and air conditioning services. The bucket seats are backed with carbon fiber and covered with light brown natural leather. While the shape is similar to the 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet, the fenders and front and rear decklids are made of carbon fiber.

Other retro touches include X opaque graphics on the headlamps as homage to the practice of taping up headlights before a race and the gold lettering script Speedster badging on the B-pillars and rear fascia. While the Concept is just a one-off exercise, there’s no word on whether Porsche intends to build a limited edition run of the car, which would be the ninth production model to bear the Speedster nameplate.

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