Monday, May 24, 2021

Porsche 917 KH

This 1970 Porsche 917K, chassis # 917 031/026, is the vehicle that challenged at the 1970 24 Hours of Le Mans with Mike Hailwood and David Hobbs behind the wheel. The car also starred with Steve McQueen. It is the headliner at RM Southeby's in August. The car has earned the term iconic.
The 917 KH helped Porsche claim its first overall win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1970. It was the company’s first 12-cylinder car, packing a 5.0-liter unit with 630 hp on tap for a remarkable top speed of 224 mph (360 kph). It allowed Porsche to win Le Mans the following year as well.
The car had cutting edge technology. It used many components made of titanium, magnesium and exotic alloys.
After their successes with the 917 mainly in Europe, Porsche decided to focus on the North American markets and the Can-Am Challenge. Over 50 chassis were built in total.
This 1970 Gulf-liveried 917 KH was used as a test car for Le Mans before becoming the star car in Steve McQueen's 'Le Mans'.

After being left to sit in a barn for over two decades, it emerged in 2001, and after a full restoration sold for $14 million in 2017.