1972 Porsche 917/10 Racing Spyder / 003 Chassis Information

1972 Porsche 917/10 photograph

1972 Porsche 917/10 photograph

1972 Porsche 917/10 photograph

1972 Porsche 917/10 photograph

1972 Porsche 917/10 photograph

1972 Porsche 917/10 photograph

1972 Porsche 917/10 photograph

1972 Porsche 917/10 photograph

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Racing Spyder
Chassis #: 003
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 their 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 side 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
Racing Spyder
Chassis #: 003
Sold for $5,500,000 at 2012 Mecum - Monterey, CA.
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. Chassis 003 went on to win the 1972 Can-Am Championship for Porsche and Team Penske with George Follmer at the wheel by taking first place in five of nine races.

Adding to its fame, 003 would take second place in the 1973 Can-Am season, bested only by the legendary 1500 HP Porsche 917/30.


2012 Mecum - Monterey, CA

Sale Price :
$5,500,000

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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 $5,500,000
  2012 Mecum - Monterey, CA
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1972 Porsche 917/10
Sold for $579,000
  2006 Bonhams & Butterfields at The Quail Lodge, Resort & Golf Club
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1972 Porsche 917 Race Vehicle Replica
Sold for $7,869
  2003 Toronto International Fall Classic Car Auction
 

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