The Carrera in its name was added in 1955 with the arrival of the four-cam 1.5-litre engine from the 550 Spyder racing car, detuned (but only by 10bhp) to produce 100bhp and give the already lightweight Carrera Speedster a 120mph top speed, something no other car up to 1.5 litres could beat in its day.
The Ruby Red/black leather Speedster has had a few owners since first going down under. It had an engine change at one point and subsequent upgrade to GT Speedster spec, with enhancements including bigger brakes, wider wheels, 80-litre fuel funk, Sebring exhaust, roll bar, and Spyder wing mirror. Since then the car has had a £100k total restoration by marque specialists Sportwagen and Maxted-Page & Prill Ltd.
The 911 RS Lightweight was delivered new to a customer in Belfast in 1973. A UK spec' car, in Grand Prix White with Carrera logos in red and a black leatherette interior, it came with a variety of options including heated rear window, limited-slip differential, seat belts, and a fixed spoiler with additional wing.
In Northern Ireland, it took part in the 1973 Donegal International Rally and when it came to England a year later it went on to compete in six more rallies, until the engine failed. It soon got a new one – believed to have been provided as a gesture of goodwill by Porsche!