Long Tail coupé
Chassis #: 917-004 / 917-017
Featured in the Steve McQueen cult classic on endurance racing, 'Le Mans', this 1969 Porsche 917 was sponsored by the Gulf-Wyer Team and led literally two lives during its World Manufacturer's Championship run.
The factory 917K #004 was to finish 8th overall in the 1969 Nurburgring 1000-Km, behind five 908/2s, a Ford GT40 and Alfa Romeo 33/2, driven by David Piper and Frank Gardner. This K-for-Kurzheck (short tail) 917 ventured out next at Brands Hatch the next year, now with John Wyer Automotive, driven by Jo Siffert and Brian Redman, only to crash badly. It was then successfully 'built into' #017, this car, as an even 'better 917.' Porsche built a relatively large number of 917s over quite a range of specifications with ever-developing technology and aerodynamic detail changes.
Thus it depends on one's interpretation as to whether the history of this car begins with the first appearance of the original #004 or the original #017. It competed in a number of races in Europe and scored a win at the 1970 Spa-Francorchamps 1,000 Kms with Pedro Rodriquez and Leo Kinnunen at the wheel. It also achieved several top 10 finishes with such drivers as Brian Redman, Jo Siffert and David Piper.