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1969-1971 Porsche 917K

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The remarkable air-cooled flat-12 Porsche 917 came into being after a 1968 rule change by the FIA, which allowed 5.0-litre, normally aspirated machines to compete in the World Sports Car Championship. Porsche realised that it c...

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Simon Says

“600bhp behind your shoulders, 3mm of fibreglass in front of your feet, and a gauge on prototypes which told the driver when the chassis cracked – it’s no wonder most refused to race it at first. Only the very brave (and nowadays very rich) need apply…”


Years built: 1969-1971
Make: Porsche
Model: 917K
Coachbuilder: Factory
Body: Coupe
Engine Size: 4494/4907/4999cc DOHC Flat 12
Bhp: 580-610
0-60 secs: 3.5 secs
Top Speed Mph: 240 mph
Category: Film Star, Sports-Racing
Event Eligibility: Le Mans Classic | Pebble Beach Concours | Villa d'Este

Did You Know?

When a magnesium-framed, semi-factory Martini 917K won the 1971 Le Mans 24 Hours, it set a distance record of 3315.21 miles. That figure stood until 2010. Sharing the driving with Dutchman Gijs van...