The most famous racing car ever made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show on March 12, 1969 in a white body with a green front. Later it was used again as a presentation vehicle in the brand colors of the American oil company and sponsor Gulf: light blue and orange.
The 917-001 is the symbol for an exceptional racing car career for the 917. The 917-001 Group 4 sports car was designed to win the Le Mans 24 Hours and World Brand Championships. The 917-001 was the first of the 25 vehicles that had to be made to meet the required type approval.
The project is particularly challenging due to the many transformations that the car had as a test and presentation vehicle. The highest priority is the preservation and reuse of the original materials of the car wherever possible and technically feasible.
To the restoration, the front and rear sections were meticulously reproduced using the most modern 3D technology and with reference to the original design drawings. After 50 years the 917-001 is now in the Porsche Museum, restored to its original state as in 1969.
From May 14 to September 15, 2019, the Porsche Museum will honor the 50th anniversary of the 917 with a special exhibition "Colors of Speed - 50 Years of the 917" with ten 917 models.
The Porsche Museum will also present a 917 concept study to the public for the first time as a tribute to the first Le Mans victory in 1970. The red-white showcar was designed by a small team of designers and engineers.
The Porsche Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can find more information at www.porsche.de/museum.