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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: 917-023
One of the 25 chassis built to meet the homologation requirements in 1969, this car was never raced in its original guise. In the spring of 1970, it was upgraded to 917 K specification and entrusted to the Porsche Salzburg team. It was raced at Monza and Spa with a third place at the latter as the best result, before it was entered in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Now painted red with white stripes, it was fielded by the Austrian team for Hans Herrmann and Richard Attwood. Starting 15th, it was driven to Porsche's first outright win in the classic endurance race. It was raced once more that year, finishing fourth at the team's home race on the Ă–sterreichring. During the 1971 season, it was raced by the Martini Racing team until it was damaged at Spa.

The repaired chassis was sold to Vasek Polak in the United States where it was rebuilt into a running car, sporting a Gulf livery. It was then sold to the prominent Japanese Matsuda collection. For reasons unknown its identity was changed to 917-020, which placed second at Le Mans in 1971 in Martini colours. It was shown in this guise for many years before being acquired by California based Porsche collector Dr Julio Palmaz in 1999. Two years later, he had the car finally restored correctly to its 1970 Le Mans winning guise. A decade later it was sold to a London-based Porsche enthusiast. It has since been shown at several events and was also displayed at the Porsche Museum on several occasions.


Chassis details
Manufactured in 1969
First owner Porsche AG
Major wins
1970 24 Hours of Le Mans (Hans Herrmann / Richard Attwood)
Last known location Brazilian Private Collection
Appearances

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2010 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance 2010 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance 2010 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance 2010 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance

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