Porsche 917s Are Tiny: Part 2


Yet again, I’m flabbergasted by how small this giant of a racing machine is. Its reputation, its power, its mystique all manage to make it something enormous in my mind. When we see it next to a car we know, however, it’s true diminutive stature reveals itself. It just seems so impossible to me that it’s really this small; particularly when it’s the wearing the livery of the Hans Herrmann/Richard Attwood 1970 LeMans winning example as shown here in the Porsche Museum’s workshop.

DISCUSS (8 Comments)

  1. wsk

    Frames were either aluminum (104 lb) or magnesium alloy (93 lb). Incredible!

  2. john

    i was at the porsche museum in 2010 prior to the le mans classic and the attwood 917 was in at porsche classic getting ready , lucky for me i was able to talk my way in and see up close and sit in this car . just fantastic

  3. Alex

    Saw one of the Gulf 917s at the Monterey Historics in 2003. I was not ready for how small she was. I had to do a double take, because at first glance I thought it was a kit car. They really are a tiny car; couldn’t imagine trying to drive one on the street.

  4. Harlo

    Fantastic story, John! Care to share any more details on how you were able to sweet-talk your way behind the wheel?

  5. advtracing

    I own a few Porsche and run early911nz.org , i asked to meet the contact for porsche classic as i was after info on my cars and access to the archive,after meeting the contact and a discussion over a coffee i ask him straight up if i could get in and see the cars(917 and 911 gt1 ) up close and he happly agreed , i have been in contact with him since for factory info

  6. Nine17

    The Porsche Museum 917K shown is 917-001 bodied and painted as a replica of the Hermann/Attwood 1970 Le Mans-winning car. The actual 1970 24 Hours Porsche-Salzburg car, 917-023, is owned by Dr. Julio Palmaz of Napa, California.

  7. Harlo

    Thanks for the clarification, Nine17. Correcting the post now. I bet Porsche regrets letting that one out of their hands.

  8. Luc Ghys

    917-023 was recently sold to Carlos Monteverde and is now in the UK.

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