There is something magical about restoring a classic car. A process is beautiful, though not without frustrations and headaches, in addition to economically costly. The result, personally, makes much of the soul: not only for having restored to life the pride of that car – for having saved his soul – but also to escape the maelstrom “new, new, new”. If the restored car is a beautiful Porsche 911 2.5 S/T, of which only 24 units were produced, and it was a Le Mans winner, dan want to cry for joy.
A unit with a lot of history, winner of Le Mans and participant at events like the Targa Florio or the 12 Hours of Sebring.
This particular unit was produced in the distant year of 1971. It started out as a simple Porsche 911 2.4 S, like so many produced that year in Zuffenhausen. However, his destiny was quite different: would the hands of Porsche Motorsport, that would make specifications Group 3 with the objective of competing in events regulated by the FIA, such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans or los durísimos 1,000 Km of the Nürburgring. It was a career-customer, responsible directly to the factory, and with a large associated cost.
Michael Keyser, a wealthy american amateur competition, was commissioned to Porsche in 1971 – prior payment of 46.980 German marks, then a substantial sum of money. The car was used in a number of competitions in the season 1972, such as the 1,000 Km of Nürburgring – with race number 65 – or 24 Hours of Le Mans, where it won the victory in its category. The 911 2.5 S/T were a dress rehearsal for the Porsche 911 Carrera 2.8 RSR, authentic pistoletazos output to the high-level competition in the Porsche 911.
Corroded, abandoned and still, the car was rescued by Porsche Classic, which it repurchased in the united States a few years ago.
The car that you have on the screen also ran the 6 Hours of Sebring and the 12 Hours of Sebring, before you rise up with the fantastic Le Mans victory. The car changed hands at some point, and suffered a strong crash racing. This accident bent part of the chassis, which was repaired unprofessionally, according to communicate to us the experts from Porsche Classic. At some point during the 70s the car was parked definitely, until Porsche got a bear with him and recomprarlo to its current owner.
The obsession with historical accuracy is the daily work of Porsche Classic, which found that some parts of the Porsche 911 had been converted to specifications of the “G-Model”. For several years, the restorers of Zuffenhausen repaired meticulously the chassis, body and interior of this 911 2.5 S/T, returning it to its original state. Had to fabricate a new fuel tank and a new roof. His body was painted and galvanized in accordance with the current processes of production of the 911.
The result? Better than new.