The first Porsche Sportwagen was sold in America in 1950 by importer Max Hoffman who, after a few years of successfully selling the 356, approached Porsche to develop a more affordable car specifically for the US market. The result was the 1953 356 America Roadster, a stripped down convertible with a more powerful engine. Only 16 were made, but it influenced the development of the 356 speedsters and inspired subsequent US-only special editions over the decades. On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the 356 America, Porsche is now presenting a new special edition based on the 992 generation 911 called the 911 Carrera GTS Convertible America.
developed the unique look of the America and chose Azure Blue for the exterior, a shade inspired by the 1953 car. Azure is not available through , and the America’s Satin Black windshield frame is also not offered to other Porsche customers. There are cool white and guards red “America” stripes along the body, and the rear badge is also white and red. The America also features Porsche’s first tri-color wheels, with the RS Spyder wheel design having white interior spokes, silver exterior finishes and a stripe of Guards Red around the rim.
This color scheme continues in the interior. Unfortunately, the America only has black leather, but the door panels, dashboard and armrests have Guards Red and Pebble Gray double stitching. The armrest also has America lettering embossed into the leather, and illuminated door sills show the years of the 356 America and the new car, as well as the 1992 964 America Roadster. A $7,510 upgraded interior package adds more stitching to the floor mats, steering wheel, shift boot and seats, with the headrests getting a Guards Red 911 logo. The shifter also gets a Guards Red shift pattern and the steering wheel has a Guards Red marking at 12 o’clock. Porsche has also painted the key in azure blue and comes in a leather case with matching stitching and America embossing.
Mechanically, the new America is identical to the standard Carrera GTS Cabrio, and it’s available with the same paid performance options like rear axle steering and carbon-ceramic brakes. Porsche’s seven-speed manual is the only transmission option, and the America is only offered with rear-wheel drive. Only 115 of the America will be built, 100 will go to the US and the other 15 will go to Canada. It starts at $186,370 including the target, which is $35,520 more than a regular GTS droptop.