This Secretly Restored Porsche 924 Carrera GTS Rally Car Was The Ultimate Birthday Present

Porsche celebrated the 924 Carrera GTS and Walter Rohrl with an epic restoration

The people at Porsche bought and restored a 924 Carrera GTS in order to celebrate part of their motorsport history

One of Porsche's high points in rallying was with this very car

In 1981, the Porsche 924 Carrera GTS finished second overall at the ADAC Mertz Rally

Walter Rohrl was driving the car

The car finished without sustaining any damage

The car was restored to its original state in Porsche's Weissach facility, where it was originally built

Walter Rohrl sat behind the wheel of the same Porsche afer exactly 40 years

Pirelli supplied peeriod-correct tires for the 924 restoration project

Metal plating , racing clutch, and a 926 GTS fuel distributor were added to the 924 Carrera GTS

Red seat harnesses, faded from the sun exposure were added, for authenticity

Of course, the four big rally headlights have made a comeback as well

The 2.0-liter turbo-four produces 256 horsepower and 247 pound-feet (335 Nm) of twist

A five-speed manual transaxle sends power to the rear wheels

The 2,535-pound (1,150 kg) Porsche hits 60 mph in around 4.8 seconds

"Monnet Cognac" inspired the gold and black livery

Porsche gifted the car as a present for Walter Rohrl's 74th birthday, earlier this year a

The legendary racing driver was born on March 7th 1947

1981 remained the only rally season in which Walter Rohrl drove for Porsche

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