1970 Porsche 917
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The 917K speaks for itself. It was never designed to be pretty of course, it was designed to be fast, the beauty was just a happy corollary. This automobile carries the famous blue and orange Gulf colors, the paint scheme of the most successful 917's.
The Porsche 917K was probably the last great sports-racing car. It was the leader in a romantic, high-speed era of beautiful cars, which began with the post-war Jaguar C-types and D-types and Mercedes SLRs. Driving it is like touching, and living with history, only a very few will ever have a chance like that.
This 917 chassis number 026 John Wyer car was driven at Le Mans by David Hobbs and Mike Hailwood. In the heavy rain, Mr. Hailwood crashed into an Alfa Romeo parked on the side of the course. The car was brought back to the Porsche factory where the chassis number was changed to 031. This is documented in writing by Porsche. The car was then converted to a Spyder and driven by Jurgen Neuhaus, where it was successful in many CanAm events in both the United States and Europe. The car was also very successful in European hill climbs. It was then sold to the Chandon family of France and subsequently purchased by Amalfi Racing, which was successful in several CanAm events in the tube chassis division. The present engine is 5.4 liters. The engine was tested and serviced at Porsche, with results and documentation at 564 horsepower, normally aspirated. The car remains in its interseries configuration.
In 1970 at the 500 KM (311 mile) of IMOLA and driven by Brian Redman, it finished first in 4:25.
In 1970 at the 1000 km (621mi) of Zelweg and driven by Jo Siffert/Brian Redman it finished first in 8:40.
In 1971 at the 12 hours of Sebring and driven by Jo Siffert and Derek Bell it finsihed 3rd in 14:50.
In 1971 at the 24 hours of Le Mans and driven by Jo Siffert and Derek Bell. It achieved a 'Relinquish lap record with 243.905 km/h average'.
In July 1971, the vehicle was converted in the factory to Spyder Model PA for the Interseries courses in Germany (Group 7). The driver was Jurgen Neuhaus.
There were three examples produced.
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