Porsche Museum Celebrates 50 Years Of The Legendary 917
The Porsche 917 made its debut on March 12, 1969, at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland, and went on to rule the race track in endurance competitions the world over.
The Porsche Museum in Stuttgart is marking the car's 50th anniversary by showcasing a 917-001—the first model ever produced—fully restored to its original 1969 condition, including white and green bodywork. This painstaking restoration took over a year to complete, drawing on the brand's archive documents.
On the track, it notably made its mark in the light blue and orange brand colors of US oil company and sponsor, Gulf. Note that Steve McQueen famously drove a Porsche 917 in the "Le Mans" movie depicting a fictional 24 Hours of Le Mans auto race.
From May 14 to September 15, 2019, the Porsche Museum will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 917 with a special exhibition titled Colors of Speed - 50 Years of the 917, featuring 14 exhibits, including ten 917 models.
For the occasion, the Porsche Museum will also exclusively present a 917 concept study, specially created in homage to the first Le Mans victory in 1970. The red-and-white show car—finished in the same colors as the car that won the race at the time—was designed by a small team of designers and engineers, bringing a contemporary twist to the vehicle while maintaining its original distinctive looks.