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  Porsche 917 K
 

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Country of origin:Germany
Produced from:1970 - 1971
Numbers built:12
Price new:DM 140,000
Internal name:917
Predecessor:Porsche 917
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:April 18, 2017
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Chassis: 917-030
A new car built up for the 1971 season, this 917 K was used extensively to test an ABS system. In fact, it is understood to be the very first racing car ever fitted with an ABS system. In the summer of 1971, it was leased to the Martini team and raced at the Osterreichring Helmut Marko and Gerard Larousse. They failed to finish due to an accident and for the remainder of the season, it returned to its test duties. In 1974, it was sold to Count Rossi of the Martini & Rossi company. No longer useful as a racing car, 917-030 was modified to become a road. For this purpose a complete interior was fitted. Count Rossi then brought the car to Alabama, where a lenient DMV allowed it to be registered for road use, under the sole condition that it would never actually be used on the roads of Alabama.

Only rarely seen in public, it was re-painted black at some point but more recently has been re-finished in the silver also used for the Martini liveried 917s. Still owned by the Rossi family, chassis 917-030 made a very rare appearance at the 2009 Goodwood Festival of Speed where the 917's 40th anniversary was celebrated. In 2018, it was finally sold by the family to a French Porsche enthusiast for what was reputedly the highest price ever paid for a 917. The new owner has since shown the car at Chantilly and a week later at the Goodwood Festival of Speed as part of the 917's 50th anniversary celebrations.


Chassis details
Manufactured in 1971
First owner Porsche System
Last known location French Private Collection
Appearances

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2019 Chantilly Arts & Elegance 2009 Goodwood Festival of Speed 2009 Goodwood Festival of Speed 2009 Goodwood Festival of Speed
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