This dilapidated rare Porsche 911 2.5 ST was found on a playground in the USA and brought back to life by Porsche Classic – this is how they did it…
Rewind back to 1972 and Porsche created just twenty-one of these prolific racing machines in Zuffenhausen, Germany, and subsequently offered them to various teams in which to compete in Group 4 FIA events. The 2.5 SR or ST, as it’s now commonly referred to, was the 1st fully homologated race-spec Group 4 car that could be purchased from the Porsche factory racing department.
This particular car competed at Targa Florio in 1972 and was discovered in such a terrible state with a skew-whiff chassis, non-existent rear cross-member, and sunken roof, it was considered by many to be of scrap value only – until those talented Porsche Classic artisans got their hands on it.
First Things First
The old German crusader was given a new but temporary home on a straightening bench where the body was scrutinised and restored to its original shape using a vehicle-specific set of alignment brackets. The method involves attaching strong metal fixings to each of the axis points on the body, then ‘pulling’ them using hydraulics and a steel chain until the body is drawn back to its original form.
Dipped & Stripped
The next step involves the shell being dipped and stripped in an alkaline paint removal bath which removes everything less than ‘fit and healthy’ including any lesser metal that needs replacing further down the restoration line.
Artisans then recreate the bodywork by hand with the help of original Porsche body jigs, in a process that takes around 1000 hours. So rare is the 911 2.5 S/T, many of the sections require bespoke fabrication based on the original Porsche drawings dating from when the car was made.
Following an electrochemical coating process, the body, underbody, engine compartment, boot, and interior are then painted with primer in preparation for the full painting which is done completely by hand.
The Big Build
Fast forward some eight weeks and the gleaming paintwork is ready for the team to begin their final ‘big build’. Once again, the rarity of the classic Porsche requires detailed solutions and 100% genuine parts to achieve race track success.
The end product is a ‘better than new’ Porsche 911 2.5 ST complete with its beefy front and rear mudguards, bucket seating, padded sports steering wheel, and 110 litre plastic racing tank fitted in the boot for good measure.
Images courtesy Porsche Classic
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