Porsche said its 911 Speedster concept would be produced as a limited special edition in the first half of 2019.

Exactly 1,948 units of the open top two seater will be built. The number relates to the first 356 that received its operating licence on 8 June, 1948.

In Paris, Porsche showed a second concept study. Its Guards Red paintwork is a reference to the 1988 911 Speedster. It has new cross-spoke 21-inch wheels and a black leather interior.

The car was developed at Porsche Motorsport in Weissach in cooperation with Style Porsche and Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur.

The future 911 Speedster, based on the 991 range, will be the first car to be offered with the new Heritage Design Packages. This exclusive accessory line by Porsche Exclusive allows for an even higher degree of personalisation for the 911.

All body components as well as the entire technology of both the 911 Speedster Concept cars are identical. This includes the shortened window frames with their lowered cowl top panels and the smaller side windows as well as the carbon-fibre rear bonnet with the double-bubble cover behind the seats. Both cars come with a lightweight tonneau cover, fitted by Tenax buttons, instead of a convertible soft top.

The concept cars' body is based on the 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet. The fenders, as well as the front and rear bonnet are made from lightweight carbon fibre composite while the chassis was taken from the 911 GT3. The GT development department provided the exhaust system with its titanium tailpipes and the drivetrain including the manually operated six-speed gearbox. The Speedster Concept is powered by a naturally-aspirated flat-six engine developing more than 500 hp and capable of engine speeds up to 9,000 rpm.