1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Speedster by Paul Stephens


  • Unique Carrera Spyder styling by Paul Stephens 
  • Very low mileage car 
  • One of one examples in the world 

The Appeal 

Whilst Singer is obviously the go-to when it comes to perfected Porsche 911s, there are other companies working on the same goal. One of which is Paul Stephens that creates unique rebodied Porsches. 

This particular model started out life as a 911 3.2 Targa from 1988 but was brought to Paul Stephens in 2010 with the goal of transforming it into a 550 Spyder ‘retrospective’. Today, it is a lightweight unique model with an uprated engine and styling to die for. 
Weighing in at just 950kg thanks to an aluminium body and with an uprated engine producing 250hp, it is certainly a brilliant driver’s car. Furthermore, the topless design is sure to provide an experience like none other.  

Having covered just 13,000 miles from new according to the vendor, it is surely still in great mechanical condition.

History and Paperwork 

  • Originally a Porsche 911 3.2 Targa 
  • First registered in the UK in 1988 
  • Four owners from new 
  • Vendor confirms just 13,000 miles from new 
  • Project undertaken by Paul Stephens in 2010 
  • Project complete in 2012 
  • Currently resides in France 
  • Still UK-registered 
  • Original Porsche service booklet with the car 
  • V5c included 

The Interior 

  • Elegant interior design 
  • Great condition upholstery 
  • Wind protection should remain good 

Being very much open to the elements, the exterior silver paint of this Porsche Spyder retrospective does blend into the interior. Indeed, the simplistic dashboard is finished in the same aluminium design as the body. 

That being said, the comfort and luxury one would expect from a Porsche is still present. Red leather adorns the seats in a wonderful way as well as the door cards and floor. Rubber carpets have been laid down and match the black gear knob and steering wheel. 
A quintet of dials form the elegant instrument cluster around which perfectly moulds the dashboard. In fact, simplicity is very much the trend inside this cabin which does its best to draw the driver’s focus out from the cabin to the open road. 

Continuing the throwbacks to the iconic 550 Spyder are a number of decals and badges dotted throughout the cabin. Furthermore, the steep windscreen will provide good wind protection despite its short design whilst a rear view mirror mounted to the dashboard is a brilliant yet subtle hint at the model’s muse.

The Exterior 

  • Hand-built aluminium Spyder bodywork 
  • Excellent condition throughout 
  • Nice throwback to the 550 Spyder 

Immediately after setting one’s eyes on this creation, they will understand its purpose. Missing the roof with a low-cut, wrap-around windscreen and double bubble rear shelf, it’s clear which model this car harks back to; the mid-1950’s 550 Spyder. 

Indeed, the entire car was rebodied between 2010 and 2012 with hand-forged panels made out of aluminium. As a result, this model is truly unique, much like the sports cars of old. Finished in a gorgeous coat of silver paint, the exterior pairs nicely with the aforementioned red leather interior. Furthermore, red accents at the bottom of the doors in true Porsche style help to bring the entire specification together. 

Having been fabricated just a decade ago, the car is in stunning visual condition. Indeed, the body panels all look straight despite their artisanal nature whilst the paintwork presents beautifully.

The Mechanics 

  • Original 3.2-litre flat-six engine, 250hp 
  • Perfect mechanical condition 
  • Great driving experience 

Just above the rear axle of this 1988 Porsche 911 still sits its original 3.2-litre flat-six engine. However, the powerplant has gone from its standard Targa 230hp output to an uprated 250hp.  

Couple this slightly boosted power figure with the car’s dramatic loos of weight and you have an exemplary power-to-weight ratio. Indeed, the car now sits at over 250hp per tonne. As a result, the vendor claims the car is very agile and makes for a superb driving experience. Indeed, the five-speed manual will surely contribute to said fun factor. 

During the conversion, the car will have been extensively overhauled. Furthermore, it is reported that the model has covered just 13,000 miles from new. With that in mind, it is in a brilliant mechanical condition as confirmed by the vendor. Therefore, its new owner can expect plenty of fun behind the wheel without any lurking expenses in the near future.


A gorgeous car featuring unique, hand-crafted aluminium bodywork, this 1988 Porsche 911 Targa presents as a 550 Spyder retrospective thanks to extensive work by Paul Stephens around a decade ago.  

Mechanically, the car is in great condition according to the vendor whilst visually it appears almost untouched. Indeed, it has covered just 13,000 miles in its life and is ready to add to that total with its next owner. 

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1988
  • Make Porsche
  • Model 911
  • Colour Silver
  • Odometer 13,000 Miles
  • Engine size 3200
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Town Reims
  • Country France
Bidding history
11 bids from 7 bidders
  • davehar•••• €78,000 22/09/23
  • 237_sup•••• €77,000 22/09/23
  • freddie•••• €70,000 22/09/23
  • davehar•••• €60,000 22/09/23
  • freddie•••• €55,000 21/09/23
  • trevis2•••• €51,000 21/09/23
  • freddie•••• €50,000 20/09/23
  • alcyone•••• €35,000 18/09/23
  • michel•••• €25,000 18/09/23
  • MMJ €20,000 17/09/23

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