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Porsche 911 S/T – a first try

It’s tricky

Ah, those Porsche 911 S/T. Or 911 ST. Or, no, we won’t let that cat out of the bag just yet. In any case, racing cars were available as 2.3-litres, but also as 2.5-litres. With different track widths. Probably always with dual ignition. A very important chapter in the history of Porsche – which then led quite directly to the iconic Carrera RS 2.7.

Yes, it’s tricky. For two years we’ve been writing lists, looking for pictures, information, talking to insiders and other connoisseurs. We limit, exclude, expand, then have doubts again, know other doubters, know about the incidents with this famous Porsche specialist, have the background information on a well-known restorer who is no longer in business or is no longer allowed to be. Of course, we have all the relevant books, in the 1st edition, which is always the most important edition, and we are also very active in the forums, worldwide. And then a vehicle comes our way that is not on any of these lists, that is not listed in any book.

Chassis number: 911 030 1128. Will go under the hammer at Artcurial in early February 2023 at the Rétromobile, estimated price 1 to 1.4 million euros. Supposed to be one of the 21 S/Ts that were built; that’s not true anyway, with the 21, there were more, you have to differentiate between them, oh. We are still working on that, very intensively, very detailed, but certainly not before the beginning of February. And somehow we don’t know what to write about this particular copy.

The story that Artcurial tells about 911 030 1128 is in any case very exciting. Built at the beginning of 1970 in “Conda Green” (code 262621) as a “Rally”, delivered on 17 July 1970 to the AAW Racing Team in Finland. The first driver is said to have been a certain Björn Waldegard – yes, the one who then became World Rally Champion in 1979 – on 4 October in a 500-kilometre race in Keimola, Finland. Waldegard drove the 911 several times thereafter, most famously in the 1000-kilometre race at the Nürburgring on 30 May 1971, where he finished second in class together with Leo Kinnunen. Later, the Porsche was used in rallies in the high north, and even later in rallycross, most recently in 1987 by Jorma Vilander, meanwhile upgraded with an 800 hp engine from a Porsche 935. It was not until 2011 that Vilander sold this bullet, visually also a “flat nose” at the time. It was subsequently restored by Roock Sportsystem to its 1970 condition.

It all sounds wonderful, logical, fitting, a very typical story of a classic racing car. But this chassis number is not on any of my lists. That could be my fault, maybe it is. Or maybe not. It’s just tricky. But we can promise that we’ll soon be writing about a few of these 911 racing cars where there’s no doubt whatsoever.

Meanwhile, we have more beautiful Porsches in our archive.

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