In the summer of 1968, the management of Porsche decided to build 25 sets of newly developed cars based on the Porsche 908. With a 4.5 litre engine this new car that was developed in less than a year’s time was labelled the 917. The principle objective of this new car and her 11 different variants was solely to win as many races as it could. The raced cars were then sold to the general public.
The original design of the 917 consisted of a detachable long/medium tail with rear wing flaps but this design gave the car a few stability problems because of rear lift at high speeds. On further study that involved a British firm called J. W Automotive Engineering Ltd. it was decided to do away the long tail for a short tail one and this variant was labelled Porsche 917K (Kurzheck in German means short-tailed).
On 13th and 14th June, 1970, the 38th edition of the Le Mans race took place. Along with sizeable number of Ferrari 512s (eleven participants), Porsche’s with their 917s (eleven participants) also participated in large numbers. This edition also became famous as Hollywood took participation in the race for the first time and was lead by Steve McQueen who also shot the movie Le Mans.
Finally, only seven cars finished the race. The winner declared after 343 laps was German Hans Herrmann and his co-driver British Richard Attwood who drove their 917K powered by a Porsche 4.5 litre F12 engine.
This metal scale model is from the Porsche Museum Collection.
|- Premium collectible|
|- Licensed product|
|- Material: ZAMAC (zinc alloy), Rubber and Plastic|
|- Non-opening model|
|- On plinth (platform base)|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||6 x 3 x 3|
|Theme||Racing - F1 / GP|