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Barn Find Porsche 917-024 “Le Mans” Movie Car Set for Auction

Today, on this otherwise redundant and mundane Monday morning, we have the intriguing story of the barn find, restoration and coming sale of Porsche 917-024, the actual vehicle used in the filming of the iconic car enthusiast’s cult classic race movie “Le Mans” with Steve McQueen. It is set to hit the auction block this August with Gooding & Company in Pebble Beach, and as we all know, anything with the “King of Cool’s” name attached to it adds a multiplying factor of many times it’s value to it’s final price. Expectations of this famous car’s sale are projected to hit in the neighborhood of an astounding, yet not surprising, $20 million. The accompanying barn find story of how it had dropped off the radar for 23 years… … is hard to grasp today, but we have to look back to a period of time when the vehicle was once considered almost worthless by the 1972/1973 race season since 5 liter engines had been banned, relegating it as virtually useless after the 1970 filming of the movie. After all, there was no vintage racing scene back then for it to participate in, so what good was an old war horse that had no place […]

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More Porsche 959 Related Stories

Since we were on the subject of a Porsche 959 just 2 days ago and our previous 959 features didn’t appear in “Related Posts”, how about we refer you to a few that we have previously covered that may be of interest: –Porsche 959 Factory Photographs Under Production : –Bruce Canepa Offers Porsche 959 Upgrades : –Rebuild Project of a 959 :  

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1984 Porsche Rothmans Prodrive 911 SCRS Restoration

Today’s Friday feature is the restoration of an authentic 1984 Porsche 911 SCRS which was originally built by Prodrive for racing in period with title sponsor Rothmans. This car is the real deal, 1 of only 20 cars built by the factory before being sent to the master gurus of Suburu WRC rally fame back in the day. It had been successfully campaigned in the Middle East in Group B competition before it’s latest owner here in the United States took custody of it. He had it’s engine rebuilt and had modifications given to it by Pat Williams Racing in 2005 so that he could street drive it when not participating in rally events here on our own home soil. Exactly our type of guy. More recently, Vintage Sports Cars Restorations gave it a full nut and bolt restoration, which is what you are about to witness on the following page. Behold… The 2,330 pound lightweight race car had never suffered any damage, which is extremely impressive considering the amount of abuse that these cars are subjected to. They were able to achieve that weight on a Turbo wide body by use of thinner glass, plastic bumpers, and full aluminum fenders and doors that only weigh 3.5 pounds each complete. Of course, the Rothmans […]

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1973 Brumos Porsche 911 S Current Restoration/Build Thread

There’s a really interesting 1973 Porsche 911 S home garage build thread currently unfolding on PellicanParts.com, which can be found linked on the following page. For those of you who want to be caught up to date with the Cliff Notes version first, all you got to do is continue reading here for the highlights before jumping in. The project starts with a long hood which was originally built by Florida based championship race winning Brumos Porsche as their own iteration of a factory lightweight RS or Clubsport package car. It includes an actual genuine “retired” IROC 3.0 RSR engine that was first installed back in ’74, the crown jewel of this project. Since it is being rebuilt as a street car still, forum member/car owner “chriskimmelshue” is keeping it’s electric sunroof and windows, heat and carpet and is building it exactly to his spec, regardless of others are suggesting he does with the rare race engine or original Brumos history, and here’s how it is going down… First things first, the car gets stripped down and media blasted only to reveal the disaster of a weld job of it’s 9″ and 11″ flares that it previously received at some […]

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1955 Porsche 550 RS Spyder Restoration

We tend to jump around a bit here, from Alfa Romeos to Mack truck restorations and everything in between, because we like to keep things interesting. We understand that the consummate car guy or gal is an automotive aficionado who can appreciate a wide variety of 4 wheel (or more) content. Since featuring the Porsche Boxster racer a few stories back, we figured that it would be the perfect time to include this 1955 550 RS Spyder restoration too since these were the original inspiration behind the whole factory type-986 project, after all… This particular example is #15, which was restored by Boyd Coddington for a customer in 1986 to participate in the upcoming 14th Annual Historic Vehicle Races the following year. We especially enjoy see the pictures of the car with no paint and with it’s original imperfections. You can actually see it’s hammer marks from when it was first built by hand at the factory. And who knew that the king of hot rods and billet aluminum rims took on European sports cars, too? We surely didn’t, and it turns out that his company also makes the lightest aluminum Speedster and 550 Spyder replica wheels on the market, sold […]

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