Porsche has finished restoring one of the 24 911 2.5 S/Ts that it built in the early 1970s.
The 2.5 S/T was an evolution of the 911 2.4S Coupe developed to compete in group 3 and group 4 racing events on both sides of the Atlantic. It cost 49,680 German marks when it went on sale in late 1971. The example that Porsche restored was purchased new by American pilot Mike Keyser, and it was raced in the United States and abroad during the 1972 season. Notably, it took first-in-class — and 13th overall — during that year’s edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Warehoused after it retired from racing, the car was uncovered a few years ago in the United States by a Porsche collector. Clearly, time had not been kind to it. Porsche points out that the 911 was wrecked during a race and poorly repaired, it had been modified to look like a later G-series car, and rust had started chewing through the body. To complicate the matter, the roof was dented beyond repair by kids who apparently jumped on it.
Over the course of two years, Porsche’s Classic division painstakingly repaired the decades-old accident damage, fixed the rust, replaced the roof panel, and reversed the G-Series conversion. Interestingly, the 911 was treated to the same rust-proofing process that Porsche applies to the cars it builds today to ensure that it stays solid as long as possible. Finally, the company applied a coat of light yellow and a set of period-correct decals, and dropped the 911 on a set of Fuchs.
The like-new 1972 911 2.5 S/T will be displayed at this year’s Techno Classica show in Essen, Germany, and it will be sent back to its owner as soon as the event is over.