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Porsche 911 ST Rally X Gooding&co: Out of Africa

We are used to believing that it is only since the 959 model entered for the Paris-Dakar rally in the mid-80s that Porsche cars have first crossed the African dunes. But let’s not forget about the 911 ST. Between 1970 and 1971, Porsche built some thirty 911 ST models especially designed for rallies. To qualify it for the Group 4, the car received a complete kit: extended fenders, front and rear sleeves, a 230 hp engine, shock absorbers and brakes (derived from the Porsche 917), and short gears. What we know even less is that a sub-set of 5 models were especially prepared by the factory for THE mythical race of the 70’s: the East African Rally. A 7,000km long madness, crossing three countries in apocalyptic conditions. To face them head on, some improvements were undertaken, among which an engine gaining about 50hp. The model that will soon be put on sale by the famous firm Gooding&co is not only one of the 5, but also one of the two that were used for pre-testing before the competition. It is probably even more efficient than when it was first released, as it has been entirely refurbished by the Gary Kempton workshop in Florida. This model is a true piece of motorsport history.

Porsche 911 ST Rally X Gooding&co: Out of Africa

We are used to believing that it is only since the 959 model entered for the Paris-Dakar rally in the mid-80s that Porsche cars have first crossed the African dunes. But let’s not forget about the 911 ST. Between 1970 and 1971, Porsche built some thirty 911 ST models especially designed for rallies. To qualify it for the Group 4, the car received a complete kit: extended fenders, front and rear sleeves, a 230 hp engine, shock absorbers and brakes (derived from the Porsche 917), and short gears. What we know even less is that a sub-set of 5 models were especially prepared by the factory for THE mythical race of the 70’s: the East African Rally. A 7,000km long madness, crossing three countries in apocalyptic conditions. To face them head on, some improvements were undertaken, among which an engine gaining about 50hp. The model that will soon be put on sale by the famous firm Gooding&co is not only one of the 5, but also one of the two that were used for pre-testing before the competition. It is probably even more efficient than when it was first released, as it has been entirely refurbished by the Gary Kempton workshop in Florida. This model is a true piece of motorsport history.

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