1970 Porsche 917

Chassis No: 917 020


Contact: Wayne Jackson
Telephone: +001 (410) 493 2883

Chassis 917.020 remains arguably the single most correct, meticulously restored and one of the single most historicly important surviving vehicle of its type in existence. Chassis 917.020 is fully documented from the very moment built by the Porsche Factory, through each of its individual races and on to its one and sole owner since new. It is in fact the only one-owner-from-new Porsche 917 in existence. It is also the only 917 known to still have its original Porsche Factory Invoice. While it is most always associated with its overall victory at the gruelling 12 Hours of Sebring, this is but one small part of this most fortunate vehicle.
Chassis 917.020 is one of the few fabled Porsche 917 Coupes which swept the board in endurance racing in both 1970 and 1971. It also has the distinction of being the winner of the Sebring Twelve Hour Race in 1971, driven by Vic Elford and Gerard Larrousse. This car is one of just five 917 Coupes to have won a major World Endurance Championship Race remaining outside of Factory ownership today.
917.020 started its racing life on April 2, 1970 when it was driven by Richard Attwood and Hans Herrmann at Brands Hatch for the BOAC 1,000 Kms race, using a 4.5 liter Flat-1 2 engine. Attwood and Herrmann qualified 9th and finished 3rd in a race run in atrociously wet conditions. Monza was the next venue for 917.020 for the 1000 Km race held April 25th. Attwood and Herrmann were teamed up again but, despite running 6th, were forced to retire when the engine failed.
The very fast Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium was the venue for the next race, another 1000 Km event where Attwood and Herrmann finished in sixth place. For the 1971 season, "020" received a new 4.9 liter engine plus wider wheels and a four-speed gearbox. 917.020 was used as a practice car for the opening race at Daytona but at Sebring, for the 12 Hours Race in March, "020" was to be driven by Vic Elford and Gerard Larrousse. "020" was qualified 4th by Vic Elford and, in the first hour, was delayed by contact with a back-marker, which cost the car a complete lap. Elford and Larrousse then began to press on and by the third hour, "020" was up to 4th place. The leading Sunoco-sponsored Ferrari 512 was now in collision with Pedro Rodriguez's Gulf-entered 917K, leaving "020" in second place, behind an Alfa Romeo T33. Lapping ever faster, Larrousse caught up to and passed the Alfa Romeo to leave "just" 572 miles to go for the well-earned victory which awaited the English/French driver combination. At the end of the season, Vasek Polak bought all three of the Porsche Salzburg Team 917's, chassis numbers "019", "020", and "023".
Mr. Polak sold "019" to an American collector and kept the LeMans winner, chassis "023" and the Sebring winner, chassis # "020". 917.020 has been meticulously rebuilt and restored by Robert Hatchman Autocraft of Grants Pass, Oregon with all the mechanicals being restored by Gustav Nitsche, Vasek Polak's ex-Porsche Factory Team engineer. There are no finer sports-prototype racing cars than the Porsche 917. This coupe, with its Sebring Twelve Hour Victory and immaculate preparation is, arguably, the finest 917 today.


Publicado en la Revista Road & Track de 1972. Fue vendido a los hermanos Fittipaldi


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