Porsche Museum celebrates 50 years of the mighty 917

Stuttgart's famous racing car won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1970 and 1971

13 March 2019 - 20:25 By AFP Relaxnews
An original, fully restored Porsche 917 goes on show at the Porsche Museum in Germany later this year.
An original, fully restored Porsche 917 goes on show at the Porsche Museum in Germany later this year.
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Porsche is celebrating the 50th anniversary of one of its most famous racing cars – which won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1970 and 1971 – by showcasing a fully restored original 917, as well as a spectacular 917 concept study, at the automaker's museum in Stuttgart, Germany.

The Porsche 917 made its debut on March 12 1969 at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland and went on to rule the race track in endurance competitions the world over.

On the track, it notably made its mark in the light blue and orange brand colours of US oil company and sponsor, Gulf.

Note that Steve McQueen famously drove a Porsche 917 in the movie Le Mans, depicting a fictional 24 Hours of Le Mans race.

The Porsche Museum in Stuttgart is marking the car's 50th anniversary by showcasing a 917-001 – the first model ever produced – fully restored to its original 1969 condition, including white and green bodywork. This painstaking restoration took over a year to complete, drawing on the brand's archival documents.

This Porsche 917 concept study will also go on show at the Porsche Museum.
This Porsche 917 concept study will also go on show at the Porsche Museum.
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From May 14 to September 15 this year, the Porsche Museum will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 917 with a special exhibition titled "Colors of Speed - 50 Years of the 917". It will feature 14 exhibits, including ten 917 models.

For the occasion, the Porsche Museum will also exclusively present a 917 concept study, specially created in homage to the first Le Mans victory in 1970.

The red-and-white show car – finished in the same colours as the car that won the race at the time – was designed by a small team of designers and engineers, bringing a contemporary twist to the vehicle while maintaining its original distinctive looks.


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