A 1969 Porsche 917, one of the most successful racing cars ever, is now on display in the Museum.
The Porsche 917 on loan to the National Motor Museum is chassis 917-13 and competed during the 1970 and 1971 seasons. In 1970 it famously appeared in the Steve McQueen film Le Mans, crashing during filming while being driven by David Piper. It was rebuilt by Porsche and was raced by the JW Automotive/Gulf team during 1971 winning races at Daytona, the Osterreichring, Monza and Mothlery. Among those to have driven the 917-13 were Pedro Rodrigquez, Jo Siffert, Jackie Oliver and Derek Bell.
Porsche took just seven months to design and build the first 25 917s required to meet new World Sportscar Championship regulations in 1969. The cars were incredibly successful, winning nearly every race for the next two seasons.
The present owners acquired the Porsche 917-13 in 1973 and it has been kept in almost original condition ever since. The car has appeared at several Louis Vuitton Classic Concours and regularly at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
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