“It was a very lucky find for us,” declares Jacques Rivard; after all, stumbling upon a 46-year-old 911 S/T Lightweight doesn’t happen very often. Rivard, who completed the car’s restoration just in time for the 2016 Porsche Parade, tells us the car had been converted into a slant-nose street driver by a previous owner, who probably had no idea that the car was much more than an ordinary 911.
In 2013, Rivard, who operates a Porsche racing and restoration shop near Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, about 260 miles northeast of Montreal, spotted a 1970 Porsche coupe offered for sale at a local insurance auction. The VIN, 9110301383, identified it as a 911S, and it was described as having been struck in the left-rear corner, leaving some damage to the rear bumper, rear body panel, and exhaust system, all issues that would be quite easy to remedy. It had also been fitted with an aftermarket body conversion kit and the original engine was missing.
Intrigued, Rivard went online to bid for the car and soon became its new owner. As soon as the car arrived at his shop, Rivard and his son tried to look past the red EVEX 935-style flat-nose fiberglass body to see what lay underneath. There were a lot of interior trim bits that weren’t original; a later-model steering wheel had been installed, and a strip of cheap black felt had been glued to the front of the instrument panel. The odometer read a shade less than 68,000 kilometers (42,253 miles). Rivard had no way of knowing whether the odo was on its first or second rotation.
Crawling inside, his son noticed a driver’s “dead-pedal” that appeared to be a period-correct Porsche racing item. The two continued to poke and prod. “I was already excited; (the pedal) was (from the) factory,” recalls Rivard. “Having restored a few factory race cars I was aware that it was probably only one of more special features,” he says, “so I started looking, and under the non-factory carpet I found roll-bar mounting plates, seat belt anchors, welded heater tube outlets, and a missing ashtray mounting bracket.”
The seat track shelves in the interior were missing. In the engine compartment were reinforced shock towers and underneath there was no rust proofing.
“The car never had any undercoating, and the lack of heater tubes in the door sills is not something that anybody will do after the build,” says Rivard. The thin steel tubes that normally house the release cables for both the front lid and engine cover were missing. The cover for the “smuggler’s box” in the front trunk floor—which houses a gas heater—was aluminum rather than steel. He’d never seen one like that before.