If you want to understand the new 911 Speedster, it's important to look back to the very beginning.

Launched for the 1955 model year, the original Porsche Speedster used the 356 as a starting point. American sports car importer Max Hoffman saw a hole in the brand's lineup for a stripped down version of the sports car that could function both for regular use and for an occasional trip to the race track. He thought the machine would appeal especially to buyers in the Southern California market.