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1972 Porsche 917/10 Racing Spyder / 917/10-003 Vehicle Information

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Sold for $5,500,000 at 2012 Mecum - Monterey, CA.
At the close of the 1971 season, the Porsche 917/K was obsolete as it was no longer eligible to race in the world championship. So the company turned its attention to the United States and the Can-Am championship.

The Porsche 917 Spyders were developed from the successful 917 coupes. The 917 Spyders won championships on both sides of the Atlantic - Can-Am and FIA Interseries from 1972 to 1975.

With 800 ft.-lbs. of torque, the cars could race from 0-100 mph in 3 seconds and 0-200 mph in just 12 seconds.

The 917/10 was technically similar to the 917 coupe but featured a number of lighter components constructed from the latest exotic materials. They were given a larger fuel tank to help them complete the 200-mile races without having to refuel.

The turbochargers were uncharted territory, though throttle lag was a big obstacle to overcome. These 900 horsepower twin-turbocharged monsters were the only cars to ever truly compete with the dominant McLaren Racing Can-Am cars of the era.

This Porsche 917/10 made its racing debut at Mosport in 1972 Can-Am competition driven by Mark Donohue. It dominated the 1972 Can-Am series taking 1st at 5 of 9 races. It was the Can-Am Champion for 1972 driven by George Follmer. This car earned Porsche their first Can-Am Championship.

Prior to being delivered to Penske, the 917/10 was used for significant testing and development.

The car raced as #6 by Donohue and #7 by Follmer in 1972.

Team Penske racing sold 003 to Rinzler and was campaigned as the #16 car in RC Cola livery for the 1973 Can-Am season. It placed 2nd overall in the hand of George Follmer.

Powering the car is a 5.4-liter Twin Turbo 12-cylinder engine capable of making over 1150 horsepower. Zero-to-sixty takes just 2.9 seconds.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2014
Sold for $5,500,000 at 2012 Mecum - Monterey, CA.
Designed by Porsche in collaboration with team owner Roger Penske and driver/engineer Mark Donohue, the twin-turbo 1000 horsepower, flat-12 cylinder 917/10 was created to dominate the rich SCCA Can-Am Championship. The North American series of 200-mile sprint races with the largest purses in road racing had been dominated by Team McLaren for five seasons. Porsche aimed to change that with the 917/10.

Big engines, low weight, and few rules made the Can-Am series hugely popular. Mark Donohue said, 'This is the only car I have ever driven that will spin the tires at 200 mph.' With 1150 HP and 800 ft. lbs of torque at full boost, this car went from 0-100 mph in 2.9 seconds and 0-200 mph in 12 seconds flat.

When Donohue was injured in a testing accident at Mosport, Canada George Follmer was hired as his replacement. He won at Road Atlanta, his first race in the Penske 917/10, ultimately racing to five (of nine races) victories. He twice lapped the entire field. With Donohue fit by the end of the 1972 season Team Penske ran a two-car 917/10 Can-Am team with Follmer clinching the championship. Follmer drove this 917/10 again in the 1973 Can-Am for new owner Bobby Rinzler finishing second in the championship to Donohue's even more powerful Team Penske 917/30 (with 1,500 horsepower).


2012 Mecum - Monterey, CA

Sale Price :
USD $5,500,000

1972 Porsche 917/10 Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1972 sales)
1972 Porsche L&M 917/10 Spyder '72 Can-Am Champion Driven by George Follmer
Chassis#: 003
Sold for USD$5,500,000
  2012 Mecum - Monterey, CA
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1972 Porsche 917/10
Sold for USD$579,000
  2006 Bonhams & Butterfields at The Quail Lodge, Resort & Golf Club
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1972 Porsche 917 Race Vehicle Replica
Sold for USD$7,869
  2003 Toronto International Fall Classic Car Auction
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1972 Porsche 917/10's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1971 Porsche 917/10 Spyder Can-Am Racing Car917/10-0022012 RM Auctions Monterey$2,750,000$2,900,000$3,500,000

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