Up for sale at Gooding & Company’s August 16-17 Pebble Beach auction is a very rare race car that has a very impressive history. According to a June 23 Road and Track article, the very Porsche 917K that Steve McQueen drove in the 1971 movie “Le Mans” will be going under the hammer come August in California.
The article describes how this very Porsche 917K, chassis no. 024, was also the first 917 to ever compete in a race in 1969 at the 1,000 km Spa. Adding to this car’s long list of achievements is the record for the fastest time that it set at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1970.
The car was lost in the world for quite some time after its historic run, only to be rediscovered as a barn-find in the early 2000s. Now, the car has been restored and will hit the auction block for what looks to be an exciting bidding war.
The 917K is expected to garner a higher price than the 1957 Ferrari 250 TR, which set the previous record for an automotive action with a $16.4 million winning bid in 2011, according to the Road and Track article. If this holds true, it will be the most expensive Porsche ever sold at an auction.
Stay with us for more on this historic car as we draw closer to the famous Pebble Beach event in August. And be sure to watch the video below of the car’s restoration and the final lap from the “Le Mans” movie, starring this very car.[aio_button align=”center” animation=”pulse” color=”black” size=”small” icon=”none” text=”View Lot” target=”_blank” relationship=”dofollow” url=”http://www.goodingco.com/vehicle/1969-porsche-917k/#tab1″]
(Source: Gooding and Company via Road and Track)