The 1970 917K that starred in Steve McQueen's Le Mans will go up for auction at Pebble Beach in August.
BY BRIAN SILVESTRO
During Monterey Car Week this August, perhaps the most famous Porsche 917 in the world will cross the auction block. This 1970 Gulf-liveried 917K was used as a test car for Le Mans before becoming the star car in Steve McQueen's legendary racing movie legendary racing movie Le Mans film. After being sold and left to sit in a barn for over two decades, it emerged in 2001, and now after a full restoration, it's going on the market.
Gooding & Company, the firm offering chassis 917-024, expects the car to rake in anywhere from $13 to $16 million. The car, which was once set up for vintage racing with the original frame stashed away in storage, was fully restored by Swiss specialists Graber Sportgarage using all the original pieces.
If you're not familiar with the 917K, it was the first Porsche to win Le Mans outright, and features a stunning design and a lovely-sounding flat-12 engine.
Thanks to it’s on-screen presence, and its famous orange and blue Gulf livery, this is arguably the most iconic 917 of all time. And provided you've got entire truckloads of money to spare, it could be yours.