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Discover the Fascinating Legacy of the 1970 Porsche 917 K

If you’ve seen the iconic movie Le Mans starring Steve McQueen, then you’re likely familiar with the 1970 Porsche 917 K. This classic beauty is up for auction with RM Sotheby’s and could be the prized possession of any luxury car enthusiast.

The 1970 Porsche 917 K from RM Sotheby’s Monterrey auction holds a special place in the history of motorsports and film, particularly known as the “winning car” in Steve McQueen’s movie, Le Mans. It has been transformed by the factory for the 1971-1973 European Interserie races by Jürgen Neuhaus and Jürgen Barth.

Illustrious Background

This particular 1970 Porsche 917 K from RM Sotheby’s has undergone a meticulous restoration to its original 1970 Le Mans specifications by Paul Lanzante. It is equipped with a flat-12 cylinder, air-cooled engine that produces a distinctive naturally aspirated sound, providing an authentic racing experience for the fortunate bidder.

The 1970 Le Mans Porsche 917 K from RM Sotheby’s comes with an impressive lineage, having had only three owners since 1974. Owning this iconic classic car puts you in an exclusive circle of enthusiasts. Not just a prop in the Le Mans movie, this Porsche 917 K was driven by David Hobbs and Mike Hailwood, putting up a strong fight for victory at the real 24 Hours of Le Mans until the challenging weather conditions forced its retirement.

Acquired by the current seller, a renowned collector, this racing Porsche underwent a full restoration to its original Gulf-liveried Le Mans coupe design. The restoration, performed by Paul Lanzant, included authentic NOS components and meticulous attention to detail, resulting in a stunning presentation and top-notch mechanical performance with the distinctive flat-12 cylinder symphony at full throttle.

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