Meet the most valuable Porsche ever sold at auction.
Any car with the name Steve McQueen attached to is instantly more valuable, but this isn’t any other car. No, this is the 1970 Porsche 917K used in the iconic Steve McQueen film "Le Mans." McQueen was reportedly one of its drivers during filming. And now it’s just been sold for $14.08 million at auction, making it one of the most expensive purchases last week at Pebble Beach. Even before McQueen’s production company bought it directly from Porsche, the car had an interesting and one-of-a-kind history.
Chassis number 024 was originally a Le Mans test and training vehicle, meaning it didn’t compete. It was sold to Swiss Formula 1 driver Jo Siffert, who was tragically killed in the 1971 World Championship Victory Race. This 917K led the funeral procession. It was then sold to a French collector where it remained garaged for 25 years.
No one is sure what happened to it after that, but it was later discovered in 2001 in a crappy garage outside of Paris. Consider it one of the greatest barn finds ever. Fortunately, it was still in good condition overall. Interestingly, it doesn’t have its original engine. Hasn’t for a long time. After Siffert’s death, the engine was returned to Porsche. Why? Because the 580 hp, flat-12 was on loan to Siffert. When 024 was later fully restored, it was given the engine of fellow 917k, chassis number 021. Starring in "Le Mans" was just one part of this 917K’s history (it still has the camera mounts on its rear end), and now it’s become the most valuable Porsche ever sold at auction.