Back in 1971, when Steve McQueen signed on to star in the film Le Mans, he insisted on making the movie as real as possible. McQueen’s co-star in Le Mans was none other than this 1970 Porsche 917 K, and footage from the film was taken at the famous 24-hour race. The vehicle was driven by David Hobbs and Mike Hailwood, running as high as third before an accident on the track in the rain.
The car was eventually rebuilt by Porsche and raced for three more seasons, being retired in 1974. The current owners of this iconic ride paid for the restoration to its original Le Mans Gulf livery by expert Paul Vanzant. Soon this striking machine will hit the auction block in Monterey in August. The ride features the classic light blue and orange color scheme, rocking the legendary number twenty-two.
Take a closer look at this eye-catching icon in the images and head over to RM Sotheby’s to place your bid. In the meantime, keep it locked with The Culture Curators for more classic cars, new rides, and other automotive news coming very soon.
Photos via RM Sotheby’s