1973 Porsche 917/30 race car




In what became one of the most spectacular and successful episodes of motor racing history, the Porsche 917/30 is set to go under the hammer at the Amelia Island auction sale, preceded over by Gooding & Company. Dubbed by many as the ‘perfect racing car’, this Porsche was an a part of the 1973 Can-Am season, and pumped out a huge 1,500 HP of engine power, making it the most powerful road racing car ever built. So much was its imposing presence on the racing circuit, which after driver Mark Danohue won the 6 championship races in the year, the SCCA had to bring about certain changes to their rules and make this car withdraw from future races. However, with the Amelia Island auction taking place, this Porsche is stated to fetch in excess of $3.25 million- $ 4million. Back in 1973, the Porsche 917/30 turned out to be gaming changing for one and all in competition with each other. After winning 6 out of 8 races in the Can-Am season, the 917/30 was unfortunately withdrawn from the 1974 season due to the change in rules, to allow a standardized format of competition. All said and done, it was never really possible to compete with a fiber-glass bodied car which had around 1,500 HP of thrust generated from its 5.4 Liter 12-cylinder engine! Hence, by late 1974 the car was sold to Mr. Alan Hamilton, before Porsche bought the car back yet again, and displayed it at the company museum in Stuggart, Germany. Currently a part of the Drendel family collection, which has other vintage masterpieces going the similar way, this Porsche racer competed in other vintage races over the years including Monterey Historics, and displayed at events like Concours d’ Elegance and Rennsport Reunion.

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