Back in 1968, Porsche began the development process for the Porsche 917, all in an effort to win the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans race from 1970. Even though the car did not win that particular year, it did bring in the big prize at the 1971 Le Mans, and it even set a distance record that stood firm for the next four decades.
An early prototype of that iconic race car, namely the Porsche 917/10, was finished on December 3, 1970, and it eventually made its way to a modern-day auction block at RM Sotheby’s. The car is powered by a roaring 4,998 cc DOHC air-cooled horizontally opposed 12-cylinder engine, which is complemented by a Bosch mechanical fuel injection system that guarantees an output of 600 horsepower. Other highlights include front and rear ventilated disc brakes, a five-speed manual transaxle transmission, and a front and rear independent suspension.
The car is expected to bring in about $5,8 million, which is not far-fetched at all.