You Know You Want To: Porsche 911 ST
'Never raced or rallied' is a classic used ad cliche but this one has, and by no less than Chris Harris who tempts you to have a go yourself
The owner of this gorgeous machine just sent me a note saying he's selling it. I drove it at the 2010 Nurburgring 1000KM and, from memory, we finished 13th overall from about 110 starters.
In race trim the 2.5-litre six has around 250hp and it weighs around 1,000kg. It is, by some margin, the best looking 911 I have ever seen. I spent several minutes just staring at it in the pit garage when I arrived for the race.
The ST is a fascinating piece of 911 history because it doesn't actually exist as an individual model. It was a kit sold by Porsche to its motorsport customers, which they then added to a stock 911 S. So when people describe a 911 ST, they normally expect it to have the wider front and rear wings, 8- and 9-inch Fuchs wheels (sometimes Minilites at the rear). But in reality an ST could have anything from a 2.2 to a 2.5-litre motor and narrow bodywork. I know of one with a sunroof.
To me, they are the most beautiful long-bonnet 911s: still delicate, but with added menace.
Here's some onboard from the race. This was the longest stint I've ever done in a race car. The tank was vast, and in wet conditions I did well over 2 hours in the thing. No hardship with that spectacular noise.
1971 PORSCHE 911 ST
Price: 165,000 Euros
Why you should: Gets the Harris seal of approval, and he's pretty fussy about old 911s
Why you shouldn't: Erm...........