One of the best racing movie ever made in the history of cinema was the 1971 Steve McQueen’s Le Mans. The movie featured a very cool car that won so many hearts. It was such a rare vehicle. Only 25 units of that gorgeous beauty were manufactured. It was perhaps one of those most desired cars whose poster was put up on walls by car enthusiast and lovers. The Porsche 917 was truly spectacular.
1969 Porsche 917 looks fantastic in iconic Gulf livery
An auction house in Santa Monica, California, named Gooding & Co has recently made an official announcement stating that at is Pebble beach sale that is held annually, the auction house will be bringing a 1969 Porsche 917. It is being expected that this 1969 Porsche 917 will become perhaps the most expensive Porsche ever sold in an auction.
Earlier, some Porsche cars have been sold at auctions that have made their new owner to shell somewhere between $10 million to $15 million! The car that will be brought to the auction is the 24th in the series of 25 cars that were produced and hence is referred to as 917-024. The car’s blue and orange Gulf livery makes it stand out among other racing cars.
The Porsche 917 was manufactured in the year 1969 with the single aim of winning at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. At that time, the Porsche was created by making use of aluminum tubular chassis that has been pressurized with gas. This could help in detection of crack. The initial cars were powered by a 4.5 L V12 engine. However, the later models were equipped with 5 L V12 engine that could produce a power output of 560 BHP. The engine has been coupled with a 5-speed manual transmission. The engine makes a glorious sound as the car zooms around the track.
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Source – LaTimes