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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Paris Barn find, Restoration of Porsche 917-024 movie "Le Mans"

The story goes that 917K chassis #024 was put into storage post filming for the Le Mans movie and there it stayed, not forgetting they had little or no value in 1972/73 after 5 litre cars were banned
917 FOUND IN A BARN...
The Porsche 917-024: this car is found in a granary near Paris after ca. 30 ...years (?????).
This car was only in Le Mans Test Weekend in April 1970 and was a film-car (one of a few film-cars) in movie "24.Heures of Le Mans" with Steve Mc Queen.

Steve McQueen - Le Mans
The car was in Jo Siffert-collection in this time.
And it is found near Paris (in a granary!!!!) by an editor from german oldtimer-magazine "Motor Klassik".
The story goes that 917K chassis #024 was put into storage post filming for the Le Mans movie and there it stayed, not forgetting they had little or no value in 1972/73 after 5 litre cars were banned

 

Modena Motorsports Langenfield Germany

About the 2001 barn find in the Paris suburbs of 917-024 : German magazine Motor Klassik (March 2002) had an article with pictures of the car as it was found.

It carried number 65 and they still haven't found out where that came from. It was the home of the "Ratatouille" family that had eaten away most of the electrical wiring and more. It has some Jo Siffert Automobiles / Fribourg stickers on the rear body.
According to my files, chassis 024 ran only at the Le Mans preliminaries in 1970 by Redman and Hailwood when it was white. It has no race history and was used for the Le Mans movie with an engine loaned from Zuffenhausen. The engine returned after the filming, the car disappeared.

The story goes that 917K chassis #024 was put into storage post filming for the Le Mans movie and there it stayed, not forgetting they had little or no value in 1972/73 after 5 litre cars were banned

The story goes that 917K chassis #024 was put into storage post filming for the Le Mans movie and there it stayed, not forgetting they had little or no value in 1972/73 after 5 litre cars were banned

Restoration of the Porsche 917 from the movie "Le Mans"
917 Chassis #24

Picture from: Claudio Polizzi

Restoration of the Porsche 917 from the movie "Le Mans"

Porsche 917-024
Competition Group: 5
Constructed For: Porsche AG
Engine Specification: 4,494cc, 580hp
Ownership History: Porsche AG, Jo Siffert (1970), Solar Productions (1970), Pruir (France)
Competition Highlights: None
Chassis Notes: LONG TAIL 1969 VERSION.

CONVERTED INTO 1970 "K" SPECIFICATIONS. SOLD TO JO SIFFERT. PAINTED IN JOHN WYER-GULF COLORS. BELIEVED TO BE THE SECOND CAR USED FOR FILMING "LE MANS" BY STEVE MCQUEEN. CAR IS NOW IN FRANCE WITHOUT ENGINE AND GEARBOX. SAID TO BE UNDERGOING RESTORATION.

Picture from: Claudio Polizzi

Picture from: Claudio Polizzi

Picture from: Claudio Polizzi

 

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