Porsche Classic restores 911 S/T
Porsche’s restoration arm has rebuilt a rare and historically important competition 911 that, it says, is perfect down to the last detail…
Essen’s annual Techno Classica event unites private collectors, traders, marque specific clubs and major motor manufacturers in their passion for classic cars. This year, as part of its typically impressive stand at the German event, Porsche debuted a 911 2.5 S/T rebuilt by its restoration arm, Porsche Classic. A class winner at Le Mans in 1972, the rare 911 is one of just 24 examples in existence. It has been the subject of a detailed two year restoration programme following its discovery by a car collector in the USA. Alexander Fabig, head of Porsche Classic, said: “Our experts have done an excellent job at restoring the sports car to the highest standards.”
In dire need of extensive work when unearthed, at some point in its lifetime the car had been converted to G-Series specification, and to make matters worse, it was sporting substandard accident repair work. The transmission tunnel was bent, the roof damaged beyond repair, and its flared arch extensions destroyed, requiring Porsche Classic’s experts to reconstruct them in metal by hand. The freshly restored shell was later dipped to galvanise it from future corrosion, using the same processes utilised for contemporary Porsche production cars. Lastly, it was shot with a fresh coat of paint in its original shade of Porsche yellow (code 117).
Porsche Classic is able to cater for all classic 911s (up to and including the 996 iteration) from its headquarters in Stuttgart, and further afield through sanctioned Porsche Centres, some in the UK. This particular car was rebuilt under the watchful eye of those specialists in Germany who have access to a vast wealth of parts, in essence it is a rolling showcase for Porsche Classsic’s complete end-to-end services.
A precursor to the iconic 911 RSR, the 2.5 S/T model is one of the rarest classic Porsches of all time. It was developed for Group 3 and Group 4 racing in the early 1970s, using as its basis the road-going 2.4 S Coupé. The example you see here was ordered new by American racing driver Michael ‘Mike’ Keyser in November 1971, and spent much of its initial life competing in individual US events, but also in the 1972 endurance world championship.
Porsche works driver, Jürgen Barth, drove the car in period, and he vividly recalls his time at the wheel: “Mike Keyser had invited me to Sebring and we planned to drive the full 1972 endurance championship. Mike had even hired a small TV team to accompany us through the season.” Barth raced the car with Keyser in the Daytona 6 Hours, Sebring 12 Hours, Targa Florio and the Nürburgring 1000km event, that year. But Keyser, Barth and Swiss driver, Sylvain Garant, also famously competed at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1972. The class victory (GT cars up to three-litres), and a 13th place overall finish that followed represented an impressive result for the little S/T. Restoring this car for posterity, and employing this kind of attention to detail in the process, certainly seems the right thing to do.
Learn more about Porsche Classic by visiting the website here.