I adore the Porsche 917.

From the crude, ill-handling 1969 short tail, the iconic 917K, the impossibly powerful 917/30 and the last-hurrah 917/K81, Porsche’s first big block prototype is an absolute legend.

rom the crude, ill-handling 1969 short tail, the iconic 917K, the impossibly powerful 917/30 and the last-hurrah 917/K81, Porsche’s first big block prototype is an absolute legend.

Up until 3 weeks ago, I didn’t collect 917s. But thanks to some eBay and flea market finds, I do now.

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From top left to bottom right, they are:

1969 Short Tail: Unknown Hong Kong mamufacter. This configuration of car (with short tail and dive planes) was only run on 2 occasions in 1969, at the Nurburgring and Kyalami.

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917/10: Yatming.

917K: Summer. To be restored, of note are the inaccurate 6 trumpets.

917/10: Yatming. Actually the Yatming Chevron with Penske 917/10 paint.

917LH: Hot Wheels. I have 2 more for future customizing, including the psychedelic scheme.

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1969 Short Tail: Same model as the top left. Recently restored.

917K: Yatming. I was planning on restoring this, but I quite like it now and might leave as is.

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917/10: Unknown Hong Kong manufacturer. Nicer casting than the Yatming one.