Another significant old 911 today to make a second joint 911 feature with Jobjoris’ amazing 934s, this one a rally machine driven by a Scandinavian god.
Last week we saw the first 911 to achieve real success in competition and the famed 2.7 RS its success would later spawn:
After that, the floodgates opened, with 911s popping up in every discipline of motorsport around the globe and making their mark. Nowhere was this more true than rallying, where Porsche’s own Herbert Linge and Peter Falk had in fact first brought one to the Monte in 1965, finishing fifth.
This 911S/T was the 1970 Monte Carlo rally steed of Swedes Bjorn Waaldegard and Lars Helmer. This team had won in 1969 in a 911S, but for 1970 they would receive the new factory hot rod S/T. With 33 of them made from 1970 to 1971, the S/T took advantage of new regulations allowing a wider track and more displacement, so in addition to drastic weight reduction as seen with the plastic bumpers, bonnet, and side windows, the cars also had thinner steel in the roof and floors and received a stronger 270hp 2.5L engine. With competition like the Alpine A110 coming on strong, the 911 would need that edge. Many S/Ts are easily recognized by the Minilite-style rear wheels, but the rally cars tended to run narrower Fuchs with taller sidewalls under those wide arches, particularly in snow conditions as at the Monte.
Though it would finish the rally a little worse for wear, with notable damage to the left rear in period pictures (and there are some seriously great period pictures out there), it would nonetheless finish first, making it three years in a row a 911 had won, a streak begun by Vic Elford in 1968. All three years the winning 911 would be followed to the finish by another, with Pauli Toivonen (father of Henri & Harri) in 1968 and Gerard Larrousse in 1969-70.
This model is in 1/43 by IXO, and compared to last week’s TSM 911 it’s crap. I do love my IXOs, they provide great bang for the buck, but some are better than others and in this case the difference between this and the high end is readily apparent. Still, a historic red rally 911 with flares and SEV Marchals is nothing to sniff at, and for $12 in a lot of 4 cars I picked up from a favorite seller I’m happy to have it. It looks fine on display in its case if you don’t look too closely. Plus, when I someday get around to panning shots and dioramas, this one’s a good roller whereas no TSM or Spark is. I’m sure it’ll look better covered in a bit of snow & dirt...
Happy, um... Tuesday? Yay, work.
Ashes and dust, Paperwork and bull****, Maximus LALD, Ashes and dust..Paperwork and bull****. Maybe someday this nonsense will get me into a real 911.