Posted by: porschebahn | April 12, 2010

1969 Porsche 917 Can-Am car

1969 Porsche 917 PA

1969 Porsche 917 PA

1969 Porsche 917 PA

This ’69 917 was displayed by the Collier Collection of Naples Florida at this years Amelia Island Concours. The description read:

Without this car, Porsche’s total domination of the Canadian-American Challenge Cup racing might never have happened.

In mid-season 1969, Porsche would provide the car, driver Jo Siffert and a full support crew. The new Porsche & Audi Division of Volkswagen of America sponsored the entry. The only problem remaining was making a Group 7 racer out of the Group 5 917, and doing it fast. Work began after Le Mans in June. The 917 PA arrived in the states in August.

The PA was a 917 shorn of its coupe top and fitted with a body inspired by the 908/2 flounder prototype. Even 917 PA gave away three liters, 200 pounds and 250 hp to the McLarens and missed the first five races, this one-car effort still achieved fourth overall in the 1969 Can-Am Championship. Acquired by Vasek Polak and gradually converted into a full 917/10 fitted with an 1,100 hp turbo motor from the 917/30, the 917 PA raced in more Can-Ams than any other Group 7 car and remained competitive until its retirement.

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