Porsche 917 K expected to sell in excess of $13 million at auction
This ex-Le Mans Porsche 917 K, Chassis 917-024, is expected to bring in big money when it hits the auction block in August.
Mathieu Heurtault for Gooding & Co.
Painted white, this 917 K was first pressed into service for the 1970 Le Mans Tests where it was driven by Team Gulf drivers Brian Redman and Mike Hailwood. Redman was fastest of all but for the race sister cars were used. Chassis 917-024 was later also used for testing at the Nürburgring and Ehra Lessien before being sold to Jo Siffert. He then leased the car to Steve McQuieen's Solar Productions to star in the movie Le Mans. It is understood to have served both as a camera car and as one of the on-screen cars. Finished in iconic Gulf colors, it was returned to Siffert's private museum. Following Siffert's fatal accident in a non-championship Formula 1 race in October of 1971, his much loved Porsche 917 lead the funeral parade.
Mathieu Heurtault for Gooding & Co.Mathieu Heurtault
Chassis 917-024 remained part of Siffert's estate until the mid-1970s. It was then acquired by a French collector and stored in a warehouse outside of Paris. It was eventually discovered in 2001, still in highly original condition. The car still sported its period Firestone Super Sports GP tire, the original fuel cell, the tiny space-saver spare and a handwritten tag hanging from the key with instructions believed to be from Porsche factory driver Herbert Linge to run the car lean as it was in Le Mans configuration. Since its 'barn find', it has returned to Swiss ownership. Chassis 917-024 was then submitted to a ground-up restoration by specialists Graber Sportgarage. Shortly after the work was completed, chassis 917-024 was consigned to the 2017 Gooding Pebble Beach Auctions, where the ex-Le Mans and Gulf liveried machine is estimated to sell for in excess of $13 million.