Another Day, Another Rare Porsche up for Sale
They say you wait ages for a bus then two come along at once. So it is with rare and desirable Porsches.
Since the 924 Carrera GTR story we ran, another highly desirable car from the Stuttgart stable has come onto the market. Belgian-based RMD is currently selling a race-prepared 1972 Porsche 911 S/T. Just 24 such cars were built, each packing a 2.5-litre air cooled flat six with around 250bhp. Combined with a weight of just 1,000kg, the S/T was – and is – a capable track and hill climb machine.
This gulf blue factory S/T (delivered w/ M491 option) is known as the ex-Bartels/Tebernum car with a good in-period international race and hill climb history from 1972 to 1976. It was restored in the early 90s by renowned specialist Methusalem to concourse condition. As a ‘matching numbers’ car, this particular machine is particularly desirable; put it this way, a recreation S/T sold for £135,000 back in 2012. You can bet that this original will go for rather more than that.
Bred for the track
Porsche created the 911 S/T after FIA rules allowed for a slightly wider rear track. A works development of the standard 2.4S it was stripped back – losing most of the interior creature comforts – and lightened through the use of plastic bumpers and plexiglass side and rear windows. Thinner gauge steel helped the S/T reach its 1,000kg weight. Uprated discs and a modified chassis ensured the car’s performance on circuit.
The 911 S/T was raced widely. Whilst the car being sold by RMD is set up for hill climbs, S/Ts were used in a variety of endurance events. We recently reported on an S/T restored by Porsche Classic which saw action in the Daytona 6 Hours and the Sebring 12 Hours in Florida, followed by the Targa Florio as well as the 1000-km race on the Nürburgring during the 1972 season driven by Porsche factory driver Jürgen Barth. Ultimately entered into the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Mike Keysner, Sylvain Garant, and Barth under the Louis Mezanarie team banner, this S/T took the class win for GT cars up to 3-litres as well as 13th place overall.
At GT Porsche we hope that whoever buys this stunning S/T keeps that racing heritage alive by using it as Porsche originally intended.