This remarkable racer is in startling contrast to the small 4-cylinder sports car that Dr. Ferdinand Porsche began producing in 1950. A very sophisticated racing machine designed for the highest levels of competition, it has a horizontally opposed 12-cylinder, 4.5-litre engine capable of producing 500 horsepower. It finished second in the 1970 LeMans contest, driven by Hans Hermann and Willy Faussen. Its unique paint finish recalls the psychedelic movement of the 1960s-1970s. It was a major award winner at the Louis Vitton Concours, race car category, in Paris.
This is one of five 917 Long Tail Porsches built in 1969 and 1970 and only three remain.
This 917 placed second to another 917 in the 1970 Le Mans 24 Hour race. Its chassis also raced at LeMans in 1971, but did not finish.
As with many great Porsche race cars, the chassis and a used 1970 917LH body were sold to Vasek Polak, a Porsche mechanical, race car driver and race car collector, who kept the car until his death in 1997. It was later put back to original configuration and painted in its 1970 'Hippie' or psychedelic colors.Also photographed at :