Steve McQueen’s Le Mans-starring iconic Porsche 917 racecar heads to Pebble Beach

The legendary Porsche 917K racecar that was used in Steve McQueen’s epic 1971 “Le Mans” film is coming to Gooding and Company’s Pebble Beach auction in August. Originally used as a test car for Le Man, the Porsche 917K Chassis 917-024 was sold to Jo Siffert, who leased the car for use in the production of Le Mans. After Siffert was killed in an F1 race accident, the car sat in a barn for over two decades, only to emerge in 2001. The incredible piece of automobile history has undergone an extensive re-restoration by Swiss specialist Graber Sportgarage and is ready to be auctioned.

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“The Porsche 917 is among the most significant competition cars ever created, and they remain highly coveted by knowledgeable enthusiasts worldwide,” David Gooding, president and founder of Gooding & Company, said in a news release. “This example, with its fascinating history, iconic livery and exacting restoration, is among the most exciting racing cars that has ever come to public auction.” The 1970 Gulf-liveried Porsche 917K’s auction will take place at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach event during this year’s concourse, which is being held on Sunday, August 20. Gooding & Company expects the car to rake in anywhere from $13 to $16 million.

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