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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: 917-020
Although built in 1969, this 917 was not pressed into service until the 1970 season. Handed to the Porsche Salzburg team and finished in blue with white stripes, it was raced extensively that year. The best results were a third at the Brands Hatch 1000 km with Richard Attwood and Hans Herrmann at the wheel and another third in the Watkins Glen Can-Am race with Attwood driving. For the 1971 season, it was re-finished in silver Martini colours and entered in the Sebring 12 Hours for Vic Elford and GĂ©rard Larrousse. Starting fourth, the Anglo-French pairing scored an outright victory. They also started on pole for the Monza 1000 km but a snapped throttle cable ended its charge early. It was the car's final contemporary appearance.

For promotional purposes, chassis 917-020 was subsequently painted in the white Martini colours of the 1971 Le Mans winning car. Still painted white, it was sold to American distributor Vasek Polak. At some point, the chassis tag was switched with the 1970 Le Mans winning 917-023, which Polak also owned, for unknown reasons. Once the mistake was discovered, the numbers were switched back and this car was restored to its 1971 Sebring winning colours. It was sold by the Vasek Polak estate in 1999 and remained in American ownership until it was acquired by a Belgian collector and historic racer in 2005. He raced the car at select events until 2010 and since then, it has only made select appearances.


Chassis details
Manufactured in 1969
First owner Porsche System
Major wins
1971 Sebring 12 Hours (Vic Elford / Gerard Larousse)
Last known location Belgian Private Collection
Appearances

2006 Le Mans Series Spa 1000 km 2005 Le Mans Endurance Series Spa 1000 km 2005 Le Mans Endurance Series Spa 1000 km 2005 Le Mans Endurance Series Spa 1000 km
2005 Le Mans Endurance Series Spa 1000 km 2005 Le Mans Endurance Series Spa 1000 km 2005 Le Mans Endurance Series Spa 1000 km 2005 Le Mans Endurance Series Spa 1000 km
2005 Le Mans Endurance Series Spa 1000 km

  Article Image gallery (348) Chassis (11) 917-020 Specifications User Comments (5)