Fans of the Porsche 917 have the opportunity to purchase the jazzy little number below at the Gooding Pebble Beach Auction this August. Not only is it a 1969 Porsche 917, it was featured in the film Le Mans and wears that unmistakable powder blue and orange Gulf livery. Will there be a bidding war for this slice of Porsche history?
Porsche 917 from the film Le Mans to hit the auction block at Gooding Pebble Beach this August. She looks fantastic in that iconic Gulf livery.
This is a 1969 Porsche 917K, chassis number 917-024. In the film Le Mans, the Porsche starred alongside the likes of Steve McQueen and a slew of other really fast cars. In fact, the model’s special role in the film was no accident–it was specifically designed to take on the real 24 Hours of Le Mans and had some success over the years. It is now widely recognized as one of the most famous cars of Le Mans racing history and called the Gulf 917 Porsche.
The Gulf 917 Porsche at a glance:
- This model offers buyers the satisfaction of owning the very first 917 Porsche model to compete in a race. It was broken in during the Spa Francorchamps of 1969.
- It was owned by Porsche factory driver Jo Siffert. Siffert let Solar Productions use it for the filming of Le Mans and was himself part of production. It was owned by Siffert until his death, and fittingly led his funeral procession.
- Following Siffert’s death, the Porsche 917 pretty much disappeared for around 25 years. The icon emerged in 2001 and has since been meticulously restored to her former glory and will soon find a new home.
The 2014 Gooding and Company Pebble Beach Auction will take place August 16-17th at the Equestrian Center in Pebble Beach, California.
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