After a comprehensive restoration, Porsche has revealed the 1972 Le Mans class-winning 911 2.5 S/T at the Essen Techno Classica
Porsche has undertaken the restoration of one of its earliest and most successful 911 racing cars, the 911 2.5 S/T, which took a class win at the 1972 Le Mans 24 hours. The car has been restored by Porsche Classic, and has gone on display at the 2016 Essen Techno Classica show in Germany.
The 911 2.5 S/T is an incredibly rare factory racing version of the 2.4S, of which only 24 were built. It was initially designed for customer racing in Group 3 and Group 4 racing series. This example was initially bought by US racing driver Michael 'Mike' Keyser in November 1971, and was used in the 1972 endurance world championship, including a class-winning stint in the Le Mans 24 Hours – taking an impressive 13th overall.
The mammoth restoration was undertaken by Porsche Classic over the last two years, after the car was uncovered recently by the owner – an American collector – in what is described as a 'dilapidated condition'.
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On first inspection, the team at Porsche discovered a multitude of serious issues with the 911. At some point in the car's racing history, it had been converted into a later specification 'G-model', but worse still, it had suffered a serious impact at some point. During the repair, much of the frame had been bent back into shape 'unprofessionally'.
Time had also taken its toll on the metalwork, with substantial corrosion issues all over the car. Even the roof was in poor shape, due to children jumping up and down on the poor 911. All of this added up to an extremely difficult restoration, which is the perfect showcase for Porsche classic's restoration services.
The car's unique flared wheelarches were rebuilt by hand, the bodywork modifications put back to standard and a new roof was fitted before the body was repainted in its original shade of light yellow, code 117.
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