Santa Monica, CA — Just added late last week to Gooding & Company’s Aug. 3-7 Geared Online auction is a factory-prepared Porsche 911 ST built for the 1971 East African Safari Rally. Of the five made, this is one of the two original practice cars used for testing by the Porsche Works drivers prior to the event.
In 1970, under the direction of Dr. Ferdinand Piech, Porsche developed a competition version of its 911 called the ST. Like the original 911R of 1967, these factory-prepared 911s were lightweight, purpose-built racing machines that saw a remarkable variety of events, from endurance events like Le Mans to punishing, off-road rallies.
Offered from a prominent Porsche collection, the 911 has been carefully researched by a leading model authority and completely restored by marque specialist Gary Kempton. This car was originally finished in white and specially built to rally configuration with wide fender rear flares, a strengthened body shell, revised gear ratios, 40% locking differential, twin-plug engine, and specialized off-road equipment. Today, the car appears as it did when it left the Porsche factory in 1971 and is accurately detailed down to the proper whitewall tires and period-correct rally equipment.