During the Monterey Car Week you can have a shot at owning a Porsche 917 that was featured in ‘Le Mans,’ used for some of the on-track scenes, and also was the leading car at Jo Siffert’s funeral.
The tiny peninsula in California is filled to the top with some of the most unique vehicles in the world during the Monterey Car Week events, and of course the edition’s auctions are brimming with top spec machines. Gooding & Company is bringing the 1970 Porsche 917K that belonged to racing driver Jo Siffert and was used as a camera car in Steve McQueen’s 1971 film Le Mans. The example first reached the track at the Le Mans test in 1970 with Brian Redman and Mike Hailwood behind the wheel. It was then sold to Jo Siffert who leased the vehicle to McQueen’s Solar Productions for use in Le Mans, and it appeared on screen in the film.
The owner – Siffert – hadn’t had the time to enjoy his 917K very long after the Le Mans production concluded, because he was killed in a crash in 1971 at the World Championship Victory Race at Brands Hatch. The 917K did lead his funeral procession and was sold afterwards. It remained out of sight until 2001 in a warehouse near Paris. Since then, the model went through a complete restoration in Switzerland that just finished this year – and should fetch between $13 million and $16 million.