Porsche 917 Racer Could Be Yours for a Cool $20 Million
It’s not every day you can buy a race car. But if you have really, really, really deep pockets, this original Porsche 917 can be yours. One of only 12 John Wyer-built Gulf 917s ever made, this 5.0-liter flat-12-powered, 630 horsepower race car was (and presumably still is) capable of 220 mph, thanks to a 1,764-lb curb weight.
Steve McQueen fans will recognize the 917 from the 1971 film LeMans, and car buffs of all types will recognize the baby-blue and orange paint job that Gulf made famous. Noted Porsche racer and restorer Bruce Canepa has returned the car to the state it was in when it entered its first race, the Nürburgring 1,000 Kilometers, in May 1969.
Canepa got hold of the car after it bounced around from racer to racer over the years, then to a collector, then to Porsche North America. Porsche was supposed to begin a restoration in 2008, but the project never got off the ground. So, Canepa ended up with the car. After more than two years of restoration in which Canepa and crew (including engine builder Ed Pink) worked to get the 917 as accurately restored as possible using old photos, he estimates that the Porsche is now worth more than $20 million. That’s a lot of dough, but we suspect one supremely well-heeled buyer will feel that it’s worth it.