MOST EXPENSIVE PORSCHE IN HISTORY

8/21/2017
Pat McAssey
Porsche 917 Steve McQueen Drove In ‘Le Mans’ Sells For $14M At Pebble Beach

by Pat McAssey
 
 
Considering the 917 was the race car that secured Porsche its first 24 Hours of Le Mans victory, it’s unsurprising that one recently became the most expensive Porsche ever sold. But what might surprise you is the 917 that broke the record never actually raced at Le Mans. That’s because it was the car that Steve McQueen drove in the 1971 film “Le Mans.” Gooding & Company sold a 1970 Porsche 917, Chassis No. 917-024, for $14,080,000 on Friday at the Pebble Beach Auctions. The car was expected to fetch between $13 million and $16 million. The car that previously held the crown of the most expensive Porsche was a 1982 Porsche 956, which also was sold by Gooding & Company in 2010. That 956 went for $10,120,000, roughly $4 million less than the 917. Porsche produced just 25 examples of the 917, several of which were used during the making of ” Le Mans.” The movie featured footage that was shot at racing speed on the streets of Le Mans, as well as clips from the actual 1970 24 Hours of Le Mans that was captured using camera cars.

 
 
Chassis No. 917-024, sold in the iconic Gulf racing livery, reportedly was used both in the scripted action sequences, and as a camera car that filmed the race. The bodywork still features the mounts that were used for the camera equipment. This is the second car from one of McQueens movies to make headlines in the last year. In March, a Ford expert confirmed that the Mustang from “Bullitt” that was presumed lost had been discovered in Mexico. What’s more, the sale of the 917 comes after Porsche recently announced it will shut down its highly successful Le Mans Prototype 1 program.
 
Thumbnail photo via Flickr/Georg Sander
 
 
 
       
1965 Mustang Road Racing, SCCA, Pirelli Challenge
Jim Lowrey Racing Photography
VINTAGE LOTUS FORMULA HAULING MAIL ON THE TRACK
James Hinchcliff IndyCar JIM LOWREY RACING PHOTOGRAPHY
PARNELLI JONES VINTAGE INDY CAR
Jim Lowrey Racing Photography
Scott Dixon #28 Indy Car Racing Barber Motorsports Park
Paul Tracy NBC Indy Car Commentator   Paul Tracy CART Paul Tracy Former Indy Race Driver
Porsche GT2 Racing Classic Car Store
Indy Car Owner Chip Ganassi
LET US HAND PICK YOUR NEXT REGULAR CAR OR CLASSIC, SPECIAL INTEREST CAR
Porsche GT
FUEL FULL AND READY
Winners Porsche GT3 Podium Barber Motorsports Park Birmingham Alabama
EXPRESS OIL FORMULA TYPE CAR ON TRACK
MARLBORO VINTAGE INDY CAR
MUSTANG HAULING THE MAIL ON PIT ROAD BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK
Jim Lowrey Racing Photography
PORSCHE GT
RACING TIRED TIRE
2015 MOMO Grand Prix Pirelli World Challenge
ORANGE 8 STAR IMSA RACE CAR
NEW GOODYEAR INDY CAR RED AND BLACK TIRES READY TO RACE
Jim Lowrey Racing Photography
HELMET GLOVES STEERING WHEEL READY TO RACE
United States of America Flag Parachute