Porsche 917 KH - Race Weathered
- Limited to just 22 pieces
- Exactly as raced by Gijs van Lennep and Helmut Marko at the 24 Hours of Le Mans on the 12th and 13th of June 1971
- Weathering details precisely applied by artisans in Bristol using archival imagery
- Model accompanied by an archive quality Rainer Schlegelmilch Giclée print of the car mid-race
- 1:8 scale model, over 59 cms/23 inches long
- Each model hand-built and assembled by a small team of craftsmen
- Made using the finest quality materials
- Over 4000 hours to develop the model
- Over 450 hours to build and weather each model
- Thousands of precisely engineered parts: castings, photo-etchings and CNC machined metal components
- Base model built using a digital scan of an original 917 and paint codes supplied by Porsche
- Officially licensed 24 Hours of Le Mans product
This fine 1:8 scale model of the Porsche 917 KH is based on the #22 car driven to victory by Dutch driver Gijs van Lennep and Austrian racer Helmut Marko at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1971. With the ban for over 3.0 litre engine displacements imminent, the race turned into quite the swansong; a long, fast track and extended good weather produced the fastest race in the event's history to date. There were not many accidents this year, but many cars were delayed or forced to retire due to mechanical problems so only twelve cars were classified as finishers. The Team Martini Porsche at the front of these finished two laps ahead of its rival John Wyer Porsche and an incredible 29 laps (386km) ahead of the third place Ferrari. The two Porsches were the first cars to cover over 5000km at Le Mans, a record that would stand for 39 years, cementing the 917’s dominance over this era of motorsport.
This model has been handcrafted and finished in our workshops with the co-operation and assistance of Porsche regarding original finishes, materials, archive imagery and drawings. The use of supremely accurate digital scanning of the original car has allowed us to perfectly recreate every detail at scale. Furthermore, it has undergone detailed scrutiny by both engineering and design teams to ensure complete accuracy of representation.