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Porsche celebrates “50 years of a 917”

The many famous racing automobile of all time done a entrance during a Geneva Motor Show on 12 Mar 1969, and a Porsche Museum is celebrating a landmark birthday with skeleton to revive a initial 917 ever done to a strange condition, as it was when initial denounced 50 years ago. The 917-001 underwent several changes over time. “Our proceed to a authentic doing of classical cars has altered extremely over a past 10 years,” explains Achim Stejskal, Director of a Porsche Museum. When restoring vehicles from a company’s ancestral collection, a museum places good significance on maintaining strange element and holding into comment a applicable story of a exhibits.

The story of a 917-001 as a exam and arrangement automobile

The 917-001 noted a commencement of an forlorn racing automobile career for a 917. The 917-001 Group 4 sports car, designed to brush a house during a 24 Hours of Le Mans and win a Brand World Championships, was a initial of a 25 vehicles that had to be done to accommodate a requirement for form approval; a arch engineer on a plan was Hans Mezger, who was obliged not usually for a twelve-cylinder engine, yet also for a automobile as a whole.


917-001, Porsche AG

The 917-001 was presented for a initial time in Geneva in Mar 1969, with it bodywork in white with a immature front section; it had a new demeanour for a coming during a International Motor Show in Frankfurt a same year, for that a automobile was repainted in white and orange. When Porsche after announced a send of a racing activities to a J.W. Automotive Engineering team, headed by Briton John Wyer, a 917-001 was once again used as a arrangement automobile – and refinished in a code colours of US oil association and sponsor, Gulf: light blue and orange.

Following a initial purify brush during a 24 Hours of Le Mans, a 917-001 was afterwards reworked into a short-tail chronicle by Hans Herrmann and Richard Attwood in Sep 1970; when a 917-001 was handed over to Porsche Salzburg in Oct 1970, it was in a colours of a automobile that won a Le Mans competition and was emblazoned with starting series 23.

Restoration of a 917-001 to a strange 1969 condition

For over a year, museum mechanics, former technicians and engineers from Zuffenhausen and Weissach, as good as a Historical Archives and partner companies, worked on a replacement of this strange 917. The plan was quite severe from a opening since of a mixed transformations a automobile had undergone during a time as a exam and arrangement vehicle. The tip priority via was a charge and reuse of a car’s strange materials wherever probable and technically practicable.


917-001 in a strange conditions, Porsche Museum, Stuttgart, 2019, Porsche AG

The replacement was quite guided by contrast that was means to establish that of a physique materials were strange and could be reused, regulating element research and comparison with chronological pattern drawings and photographs. It was with this proceed that a physique tools for a front and back sections were perfected reproduced regulating state-of-the-art 3D record and with anxiety to a strange pattern drawings; a back territory of a aluminium space support was also easy with a assist of strange documents. Exactly 50 years on, a 917-001 will be presented in a Porsche Museum, easy to a strange condition as in 1969.

Unparalleled prevalence in motorsport and a trendsetter for turbo technology

The success story of a 917 is legendary. The automobile managed to secure an altogether feat in a really initial year of competing in a 1,000-kilometre competition during Zeltweg, Austria in 1969. In 1970, Hans Herrmann and Richard Attwood achieved a desired altogether delight during Le Mans – a biggest motorsport success Porsche had ever achieved until that point, and that would be steady by Dr Helmut Marko and Gijs outpost Lennep in 1971. Following serve growth of a 917 to a 917/10 and 917/30 turbo versions with over 1,000 PS, George Follmer and Mark Donohue were means to browbeat a North American CanAm Series in 1972 and 1973 respectively; these Porsche models also valid unbeatable in a event’s European counterpart, a Interserie. An altered chronicle of a turbo record was also reused a tiny after in a Porsche customary automobile – when a 911 Turbo was innate in 1974.

From 14 May to 15 Sep 2019, a Porsche Museum will honour a 50th anniversary of a 917 with an endless special muster entitled “Colours of Speed – 50 Years of a 917”. A sum of 14 exhibits – including 10 917 models that alone have a sum PS outlay of 7,795 – will be on display. The Porsche Museum will benefaction a 917 judgment investigate to a open for a initial time as loyalty to a initial Le Mans feat of 1970. The red-and-white uncover automobile was designed by a tiny group of designers and engineers, yet with a entrance of Porsche into a LMP1 difficulty of he FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), this indication remained as quite a judgment study.


Concept investigate of a 917, 2019, Porsche AG

A preference of racing posters and tiny technical exhibits will turn off a special exhibition, that facilities a highest-ever sum PS for such an event. To symbol a anniversary, a museum emporium will also offer a preference of 917 products for sale, including a pinkish grill apron desirous by a singular 1971 917/20, nicknamed a “Pink Pig”. Edition Porsche Museum, a in-house publisher, will also recover a book to symbol a anniversary of a 917.

The Porsche Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.. You can find serve information and all a dates online during www.porsche.de/museum.