The Porsche 917 is one of the legendary racing cars of the 20. Century. In Paris, Sotheby's is now auctioning off a particularly exclusive specimen: the 917 / 10 Can-Am-Spyder prototype from 1970. The expected revenue is 4,6 to 5,5 million dollars.
The chassis with the number 001 was the first of only 13 copies and served for testing in the wind tunnel and on the racetrack. During this time it carried various engines, from later group 7 twelve-cylinder to an 5,0-liter turbo engine. 1972, the vehicle was completely rebuilt and sold to the racing driver Willi Kauhsen, who used it in various competitions - including the 300 kilometer race at the Nürburgring. Later, the car was stored. After several changes of ownership he is now again for sale.
Incidentally, the successor to the test carrier was extremely successful in the North American Can-Am racing series. Among other things, George Follmer from the Penske Racing Team with the Porsche 917 / 10 in the year 1972 celebrated the championship title and broke the five-year dominance of McLaren. (Holger Holzer / SP-X)