In a surprise to no one, Porsche has confirmed that it will put the 991-generation 911 Speedster Concept into production in the first half of 2019. If you’re looking for a worthwhile investment, better get your dealer on the phone and your bank account(s) ready as only 1,948 units of the open-top two-seater will be built.

Why 1,948 cars? Well, Porsche says the number is reminiscent of the Porsche 356 ‘No. 1’ prototype that received its road certification on June 8, 1948, which was the first model that wore the ‘Porsche’ name and setting the precedent for the next few decades.

Along with the announcement made at the ongoing Paris Motor Show, Porsche also wheeled out a revised version of the concept that it presented in June. This time, the car is finished in a Guards Red paintjob that harks back to the 1988 911 Speedster (G series), while the 21-inch, centre-locking wheels are of a cross spoke design instead of the Fuchs set previously.

Elsewhere, the two Talbot-shaped side mirrors as well as the fuel tank cap – centrally positioned on the bonnet – are finished in black-chrome and platinum, while the DRLs are tinted red to match the paintwork. As for the interior, the light brown Aniline leather upholstery of the ‘Heritage’ version of the concept has been replaced with partly perforated black leather featuring red highlights.

The lucky few who do secure a unit for themselves will be offered with the new Heritage Design Packages, an exclusive accessory line by Porsche Exclusive that allows one to personalised their 911 Speedster to their desired specification.

Beyond these revisions, the concept continues to a 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet body placed on top of a 911 GT3 chassis. There’s a 4.0 litre flat-six engine that makes 500 hp and revs to 9,000 rpm, mated to a six-speed manual transmission and a titanium exhaust system.

Physical highlights include carbon-fibre wings, front bonnet and rear cover, along with a shorter window frames, lowered cowl top panels and smaller side windows. Following the Speedster theme, there’s a double-bubble cover behind the seats, and if it rains, you’ll need to quickly fasten a tonneau to eight Tenax fasteners.

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