More than $325 Million Sold at 2017 Monterey Car Auctions

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4. 1970 Porsche 917K Race Car
Sale Price: $14,080,000
Auction: Gooding and Company
Designed to conform to new regulations and compete for the overall win at Le Mans, the Porsche 917 debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1969, and in April twenty-five completed cars underwent inspection to satisfy production requirements. Previously respected as a class winner, the 917 Porsche went on to win nearly every championship race during the 1970 and 1971 seasons, including two wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Porsche used this car for testing but it did not race; legendary Porsche driver Jo Siffert purchased the car in 1970, and it was used extensively in Steve McQueen’s movie “Le Mans.” With an aluminum space frame and lightweight suspension components made of titanium and magnesium, the Porsche 917 is powered by a flat 4.5-liter 12-cylinder engine producing 580 horsepower. The aerodynamic body is made of thin fiberglass and has both short and long tails, with the long tail designed for the 2-mile-long Mulsanne Straight at Le Mans.

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