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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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 4/5 speed  
Picture 22 suggests that there were 5 speed 917.
I noticed that this article lists the 917 K as having a 5 speed transmission. Every article I've ever seen about the 917, including the sale listing for 917 K 020 (sigh!) lists 4 gears. which is correct?
 The Best  
The Porsche 917 is truly the best of the best, there is no better race car! I think though, that somebody should ask the Porsche Car Company to make a new one, so then we who weren't old enough to see them in the 1970s can.
LA Boy
One of the few pluses of being 52 years old is that I was lucky enough to see in person the 917, 917/10 and 917/30 turn a wheel in anger at Daytona and Watkins Glen in 1970 and 1971, Daytona in 1971, and Road Atlanta in 1972 and '73. As a Porsche fanatic, I think these are probably the most wonderful memories of my youth. The cars were objects of great beauty and literally in a class by themselves in the area of performance and durability-that is, once they worked the bugs out. In person, I never saw a Porsche 917 lose a race. Now I need to get to one of the classics so I can experience them once again!
 What a car...  
I saw this car about a month ago at a historic races event held at Killarney race track in Cape Town, South Africa. The turn in on this car is UNBELIEVABLE! It begs to be hussled. And the straight line grunt is phenomenal. And then there's the sound... If you havn't treated yourself to the sound of a 5l flat 12 racing motor, then trust me, make your way to a historic event ASAP. Needless to say, it was an awesome car and a pleasure to see in it's natural habitat. Oz

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