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Porsche’s classic center breathes new life into a rare, Le Mans-winning 1972 911 2.5 S/T

Porsche’s classic division has finished restoring an ultra-rare 911 2.5 S/T that took first in class during the 1972 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

One of just 24 examples ever built, the 911 2.5 S/T was uncovered a couple of years ago by a Porsche enthusiast in the United States. The Stuttgart-based car maker explains that restoring the car was easier said than done because it was completely dismantled and it needed a massive amount of work. However, its rarity and its illustrious racing pedigree made it well worth preserving.

The toughest part of the restoration process was repairing the body. The 911 underwent several major modifications over the course of its life that Porsche’s workshop had to meticulously repair in order to bring the car back to its original condition. To complicate the matter, the car was wrecked during a race and poorly repaired, and rust had started to attack the inner fenders. Adding insult to injury, the roof was badly dented when kids jumped on top of it.

Porsche fixed the accident damage properly, and fitted the car with a brand new roof panel and reproductions of the original fender flares that had to be painstakingly built by hand. The shell was then given the same rust-proofing treatment as a brand new 911 to ensure that the corrosion doesn’t come back, and it was painted in its original shade of light yellow. The finishing touch is a set of period-correct decals.

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All told, the restoration process took a total of two years. The car was finished recently, and it will be shown to the public for the first time during this year’s Techno Classica, a massive vintage car meet that’s held annually in Essen, Germany. The 911 2.5 S/T will be shipped back to its lucky owner’s garage as soon as the Techno Classica meet closes its doors.