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1971 Porsche 911 ST

Rally Car
$630,000
Not sold at a high bid of
61
Lot Number
N/A
Recent restoration
Gooding & Company
Auction House
Chassis No. 9111300647. Light Ivory and black over black leatherette and cloth. “Twin-plug” H-6, 5-speed manual. Rear fender flares, 40 percent locking differential, roll bar, CB radio, skid plates, dual spares, auxiliary lighting, timing equipment, Fuchs wheels.

Evaluation: Recent restoration | One of the five factory 911 rally cars prepared for the 1971 East African Safari Rally, although this was one of two cars Porsche used as trainingwagens, or practice cars, for the factory drivers prior to the event. The best-placed Porsche in the event finished fifth, behind two Datsun 240Zs, a Peugeot 504, and a Ford Escort. Since restored to its 1971 livery. No serious flaws visible, but more important than its condition is its history.

Bottom Line: This car was a $280,000 no-sale at Christie’s Monterey in 2006, but the Porsche market is a lot different these days, and Gooding expected much closer to seven figures for it in 2020. The bidders didn’t quite agree. The reported high bid struck a reasonable balance between the fact that this is a restored factory 911 racer and the fact that it was just a practice car. Naturally, one of the 911s actually used in the rally would be worth quite a bit more. This lackluster result should contribute to resetting the consignor’s expectations.

by Hagerty Editor
20 August 2020
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Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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