1971 Porsche 917K Steve McQueen / Le Mans Recreation SOLD
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Estimate: $150,000-$200,000

Offered Without Reserve

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $209,000

400hp, 3.5-liter flat six-cylinder RSR-type engine, five-speed manual transmission, four-wheel independent suspension, and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 90.55"

In light of the fantastic aerials performed by Mercedes at Le Mans in the late 1990s, adding chicanes to the legendary Mulsanne straight was quite justified. To those Le Mans loyalists who remember Porsche ’ s exploits in the late sixties and early seventies, however, there is still nothing quite like a 917K rocketing down a French country highway well in excess of 200 miles per hour. Thankfully Steve McQueen brought this spectacle to the silver screen in 1971 ’ s cult classic, Le Mans.

1969, after spending enormous sums of money on their 904 through 910 race cars, Porsche handed over responsibility for the 917 to the British JWA team sponsored by Gulf Oil. Due to certain aerodynamic peculiarities, the 917 was a tremendously intimidating car to drive, even for Porsche ’ s own factory drivers. Testing in Buenos Aires revealed that a shortened tail section raked up to a Lola T70-angle alleviated those issues. Thus was born the Type 917 “ Kurzheck ” (short-tail in German) or simply 917K. The design modifications proved to be well justified, as evidenced by the car ’ s performance at Le Mans in 1970. After a particularly wet twenty-four hour race with only seven ranked finishers, a 917K driven by Hans Herrmann and Richard Attwood drove through a waterlogged checkered flag and thereby scored the first overall win.

Derived from an original 917K available to its builder, the car featured here is a faithful recreation of the fabled Porsche driven in Le Mans. A proper blue-orange Gulf color scheme bathes a glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) body using high strength heat-resistant vinyl. The front and center sections are bonded to the chassis. The flip-up doors are bonded to the inner frame which features MIG and TIG welded square and round, steel tube spaceframe construction. Interior appointments are also recreated with originality in mind; the driver ’ s seat was also molded in GRP from the original 917 ’ s example, and is slotted for safety harnesses. A thirteen-inch alloy steering wheel with quick release hub complements a black felt-upholstered dash with all proper gauges. The throttle, brake, and clutch pedals were cast from 917 originals.

Mounted behind the cockpit rests a 3.5-liter horizontally-opposed six-cylinder Porsche RSR-type engine, equipped with Bosch twin-plug ignition, mechanical fuel injection, and a 915 ’ s five-speed gearbox. The potent combination is fed by an 18-gallon fuel cell and produces an impressive 400 horsepower. All that power is translated through 15-inch wide rear wheels, cast from the original 917s. While the suspension features adjustable coil-over shocks, the components of the brake system have been cast from the original Porsche.

The notion of a 400 horsepower RSR engine in a car that weighs less than 1,800 pounds is downright awe- inspiring. Now consider this package alongside an excellent recreation of a Porsche 917K piloted by the great Steve McQueen and the result is a road-ready sports car like none othe

Please note that this vehicle is a race car and therefore offered on a Bill of Sale

Reference Number 11636

as of 7/24/2007

Car 1971 Porsche 917K Steve McQueen / Le Mans Recreation
VIN LMK 003 
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