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  Porsche 917/30

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Country of origin:Germany
Produced in:1973
Numbers built:6 (Three never raced)
Internal name:917
Predecessor:Porsche 917/10K
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:December 27, 2016
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Chassis: 917/30-004
Under construction for the 1974 season, chassis 917/30-004 was redundant following Porsche and Penske's withdrawal from the Can-Am series. Once completed, it was sold in plain white livery to Australian Porsche importer Alan Hamilton. He displayed the car for many years in his showroom and also showed at various events like the Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide. It returned to Porsche ownership in 1991 when the company acquired Porsche Australia from Hamilton.

Returned to Weissach, chassis 004 was refinished in the iconic 1973 Can-Am series winning Sunoco livery. After an outing in the Old Timer Grand Prix at the Nürburgring in 1992, it was sold to an American enthusiast. Before shipment, the car was fitted with a rebuilt engine, using the last remaining 5.4 litre block. At 1.4 bar turbo pressure, the massive flat 12 produced a staggering 1,200 bhp during a dyno test. In 1998 it was driven to victory during the Monterey Historics by Porsche factory driver Olaf Lang.

Young Porsche collector Matt Drendel bought the car in 2001 and until his untimely passing in 2010, he showed it at various events. An absolute highlight was the first Rennsport Reunion where it was driven for several laps by Roger Penske after Porsche's own example had mechanical problems. Along with the rest of Drendel collection, the 917/30 was offered in Gooding's 2012 Amelia Island auction. It was acquired by fellow Porsche enthusiast, Jerry Seinfeld for a hefty $4.4 million including commission. Four years later, Seinfeld consigned it to Gooding again along with several other 'reserves' from his stable.

Chassis details
Manufactured in 1974
First owner Alan Hamilton
Last known location Jerry Seinfeld
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  Article Image gallery (101) Chassis (6) 917/30-004 Specifications User Comments (9)