Unique Porsche 911 2.5S / T at Techno Classica Essen

ER Classics Desktop 2022

This Wednesday, the annual Techno Classica festival will kick off in Essen, Germany. This grand event is characterized by a multitude of classics, which decorate the fair in the German city every year. Traditionally, this extensive collection contains very special specimens from days gone by. We highlight one: the Porsche 911 2.5S / T, a car with a unique story. Porsche also pays attention to other important cars from its histroie: the transaxle sports cars.

The 911 Porsche 2.5 1972 S / T was discovered a few years ago by a collector in America. The car was in a bad condition at the time. What followed was a factory restoration that took two and a half years. Especially the body was a problem. The car had been converted into the later G-model and the damage was also badly repaired. Restoring them to their original condition and manually reconstructing the rear fender widenings was therefore very complicated.

Porsche and Transaxle have been a combination for 40 years. And a variation on the immortal "911 theme". Image: Porsche
Porsche and Transaxle have been a combination for 40 years. And a historical counterpart to the immortal "911 theme". Image: Porsche

A unique history
The 911 2.5 S / T was ordered in 1971 by the American driver and motor sports filmmaker Michael 'Mike' Keyser. In 1972 the car with Jürgen Barth at the wheel participated in many races in the US and in the World Championship long-distance racing. To start with, the car participated in the 6 hour of Daytona and then in the 12 Hour of Sebring. Subsequently, the 911 2.5 S / T came into action at the Targa Florio and the 1.000 kilometer of the Nürburgring. At the 24 Hour of Le Mans he was good for a victory in the GT class for cars with a cylinder capacity of up to 3,0 liters and an 13e place overall. In the 1972 / 1973 season, the car also participated in races at Watkins Glenn and Indianapolis.

40 year of Transaxle sports cars
Porsche also pays a lot of attention to the Transaxle sports cars from Zuffenhausen at the Techno Classica. These models with the engine in the front and the drive and transmission in the rear. This set-up, which was also applied by other manufacturers at an earlier stage, ensured an ideal weight distribution and therefore very dynamic driving characteristics. The 40th anniversary of the Transaxle models is illustrated by a prototype of the 924 from 1974, a chassis of the 944, a cut-away model of the 968 and an 928 from 1995, the last year of this model.

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