Porsche unveils the restored 917-001 car (VIDEO)

The very first Porsche 917, restored and on exhibit at the Porsche museum. — Picture courtesy of Porsche via AFP
The very first Porsche 917, restored and on exhibit at the Porsche museum. — Picture courtesy of Porsche via AFP

STUTTGART, May 3 — To celebrate the 50th birthday of the 917, Porsche has restored the 917-001, first unveiled on March 12, 1969 at the Geneva International Motor Show (Switzerland). The car would go on to win the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans the following year.

The German car manufacturer has uploaded a video showing the 917-001 in action with iconic drivers from the brand's history behind the wheel, just a few days before the car goes on show at the Porsche museum in Stuttgart, Germany.

The Porsche 917 has been fully restored to look just as it did when it was first unveiled 50 years ago, in the original livery of green and white. The restoration took over a year.

This mythical vehicle, famous for winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1970 and 1971, was also immortalised in the Steve McQueen film “Le Mans.”

Porsche is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 917 with an exhibition at its museum in Stuttgart, “Colors of Speed — 50 years of the Porsche 917.”

The exhibition, which runs from May 14 to September 15, 2019, brings together a collection of 14 exceptional pieces, including 10 917 models. This includes the 917 concept, which features the same colours as used at the Circuit de la Sarthe in 1970. The idea was to give it a contemporary feel while maintaining the original lines. — AFP-Relaxnews

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