Porsche 911 ST test drive in issue 113
Less than a week before I jumped into the blood-orange missile you see here, I was unsure if my test drive would happen. This is because the 911 on these pages is a work in progress that prior to my time behind the wheel wasn’t ready for public consumption.
However, the team at specialists Autofarm readied the car in time for me to blast down some Oxfordshire country lanes – and what an experience it was.
As you may have noticed, this is no normal pre-impact bumper Porsche; this is a re-creation of the incredibly rare 911 ST. Produced between 1970 and 1971, only 33 genuine ST examples were built in period.
Moreover, rather than a complete production car, the ST was actually a package offered by Weissach to turn your 911S into a competition machine. STs competed with considerable success in stage rallying and circuit racing, proffering victories in the FIA’s Group 4 class at such iconic locations as Daytona, Monte Carlo and the Nürburgring.
With its motorsport pedigree and gorgeous looks, the ST has garnered its fair share of admirers and imitators. The late-Seventies 911 SC is one of the most popular donor cars for such a build, with the long-nose conversion proving relatively simple and the SC’s engine friendly to tuning.
Despite this, many of these builds focus on replicating the aesthetic appeal of the ST while maintaining the SC’s ability to function as a first-class road car.
Not so with this 1970 911 ST replica. Set up by Josh Sadler in 1973, Autofarm has built a reputation as one of the best 911 restorers in the business. Sadler himself is a font of knowledge when it comes to the technical side, so it is therefore no surprise that this recreation aims to keep firmly on the side of period correctness.
The donor car is a 1970 model year 911S, meaning that the base car is from the same year as many original STs. As replicas go, this is about as close to the real thing as you can get.
To read the rest of this awesome test drive, you can pick up a copy of Total 911 issue 113 in store now. Alternatively, order it online from the Imagine Shop to get it delivered to your doorstep, or download it from Great Digital Mags here.