Fully Restored To Perfection
Classic Porsches, specially the air-cooled 911s from certain eras have their unique place in the history of automotive culture. But every now and then, a Porsche even more special example comes by to stand head-and-shoulders above the rest with its place in the history of motoring. Once such car that was discovered a few years ago was the 1972 Le Mans winning Porsche 911 2.5 S/T which has recently been restored to its original glory in beautiful yellow paint and period-correct stickering by the Porsche Classic division.
The Porsche 911 2.5 S/T was built for racing in 1971, to be used in the Group 3 (series GT vehicles) and Group 4 (modified GT vehicles). It was not for the official teams, but for customer sports who wanted a race car made by the works team for top-level performance and results. The resulting car was based on the standard Porsche 911 2.4 S Coupé that was then modified for either racing or rally. This particular example happens to be one of the 24 cars ever made based on the 2.4 S Coupé, made specifically to participate in races such as the Le Mans and the Targa Florio. This #41 car entered by Louis Meznarie and driven by Sylvian Garant, Jürgen Barth and Michael Keyser finished 13th overall and 1st in the GT 3.0L class at the 1972 Le Mans 24 hour race, ahead of the Ferrari 246 Dino.
When this Porsche 911 “Le Mans Winner” was discovered a few years ago in the USA, it was in a condition far from vulnerable. Its doors had fallen off, rust had taken over everything and it was completely out of shape with quite a few crucial chassis bits missing all over its body. Seeing it’s dilapidated condition, it was hard to imagine that the car could ever be restored to its original condition, but the men over at Porsche Classic took the challenge upon them to bring back the iconic racing car to its ‘hay day’ glory. Not just that, Porsche Classic also decided to better the restoration by using current day paint and corrosion protection techniques to ensure that the now restored Porsche 911 2.5 S/T does not have too see the same fate again for a pretty long time.
To restore the Porsche 911 2.5 S/T Le Mans winner, the experts had to spend 1000 painstaking hours to reconstruct the entire body while ensuring that all the dimensions match the original car. Now the car is gleaming new with the same code 117 light yellow body as its original. And if you were thinking that Porsche would create a mere mechanical workpiece that doesn’t do what the original did, you would be wrong. With a new 110-litre racing tank, widened front and rear mudguards, bucket seats and a padded sports steering wheel, the new-old machine is ready to re-live its glory days and serve as a reminder to the coming generations what power and poise meant back in the 70’s.