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1970 Porsche 911 S

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1970 Porsche 911 S

Price:Price Upon Request Extensive period racing career with German privateers Hans Braun and Ludwig HornauerOne of only 15 ST 2.3s built for the 1970 model yearExceptionally well restored by marque specialists in GermanyHighly eligible for both concours and historic racing eventsAccompanied by a report from Porsche Specialist Andy Prill Even in its earliest days, the Porsche 911 quickly proved to not only Porsche, but also to its enthusiastic owners that it was a reliable and competitive car to race in a variety of different events. Moving from the 911 S to the 911 R and 911 T/R, the ST was next in line for 1970, leading Porsche toward the now-iconic Carrera RS 2.7. New rules introduced by the FIA allowed Porsche to extend both the front and rear track of the 911 by two inches, giving the ST its distinctive flared wheel arches. Additionally, to make the car more competitive in its class, the bore on the car?s 2.2-liter engine was increased by just 1 mm, which brought overall displacement to roughly 2.3 liters.Further to their mechanical upgrades, Porsche made every effort to shed as much weight as possible from the ST 2.3. The roof and part of the floor pans were made of thinner steel, and some cars boasted aluminum door panels and soundproofing. In addition, underseal was completely omitted and less paintwork was utilized to clothe the bodywork than with the standard road cars. However, it is clear that the beauty was in the details to Porsche engineers, as even smaller components were removed, including the heater ducts, seat adjustment supports, seat belt mounting points, and even the glove box lid and ashtray. Only 15 911 ST 2.3s were built for the first year of production of 36 total.Chassis no. 9110301138, one of those first 15 cars built of the 1970 model year, was originally delivered to Hans Braun, a German privateer racer from Nuremburg, through MAHG in Munich. Braun drove the car frequently in events in his native Germany from roughly the time when he purchased the car in 1970 until he sold the car in 1972. Clearly a skilled and capable driver, Braun regularly finished near or at the top of his division. After two seasons of racing, Braun decided that it was time to sell his 911. Interestingly, in the history file is a clipping from the newspaper that Braun used to list the car for sale, noting that it had accumulated 70,200 km in his ownership. Its next owner was another German privateer, Ludwig Hornauer. Hornauer continued to race the ST 2.3 around Germany at hill climbs and other such racing events. After moving from hill climbs and circuit racing, Hornauer moved to drag racing, namely at events organized by members of the U.S. military at bases in Hanau, Gevestadt, and Ramstein. The car was purchased by Manfred Grundmann in 1975 and over the course of the next decade, the 911 passed through a handful of subsequent owners in Germany. During this time, the car was continually modified to remain competitive prior to being purchased by Franz George Döpper in 1989.The ST 2.3 was sold from Döpper to Ed Blais in 1995 and was shipped to the U.S. The car remained with Blais for four years, and during that time it was used in historic racing. Blais sold the car in 1999 and it passed through two subsequent collectors prior to being purchased by Jim Oppenheimer, who continued to race the car after it was restored with racing in mind. Purchased by the current owner from Oppenheimer in 2004, the car was brought to Germany and fully restored to appear just as it did at the Norisring in 1971 when raced by Hans Braun. Upon beginning the restoration work, the ST?s chassis tub was found to be largely original throughout, having only had minor repairs in a few areas due to damage suffered during its racing career. The car?s bodywork was restored by David Bonavita, former head of prototype production at Pininfarina, utilizing all the correct M491 specification components. Not uncommon with competition Porsche cars of this era, many of the car?s body panels had been replaced throughout its life. In an effort to return the car to its original specifications, correct ST body panels were sourced and replaced where necessary. The engine, not the original engine but a correct 911/02 block for 1970 with larger cylinders and pistons, was fully overhauled by Porsche specialist Irmgartz Motorsport.Earlier this year, a comprehensive inspection and report was completed by Porsche specialist Andy Prill, which accompanies the car. Prill found that the car was highly original throughout and retained a number of key features distinctive to ST, confirming the car?s identity and authenticity. These include the presence of a dead pedal for the driver, the absence of heater ducts in the inner sills, front strut brace supports, fuel tank securing brackets, roll cage mounts, the 110-liter fuel tank, and seat supports. Furthermore, Prill asserts that the chassis number, production number, and vin plate all look to be genuine and unaltered. Hugely eligible for a variety of vintage racing and concours events, this is an exceptional example of one of the most revered and respected 911 race cars. Boasting a known history from new and retaining all of its identifying ST features, it would be an exciting addition to any collection of Porsche cars and one that can be used as its manufacturers intended.To view this car and others currently available, please visit the RM website at

 
 
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