917-01/021

Owner History

1971 SOLD TO VASEK POLAK
1973 SOLD TO STEN HILLGARD, SWEDEN
1978 SOLD TO GERRY SUTTERFIELD
1987 SOLD TO ROBERT HENDRIKSON
1999 SOLD TO BOB RAPP
2003 SOLD TO
2005 SOLD TO CHRIS COX (sold by RM Auctions on 19th August 2005 for $863,500)

Car History
Chassis 917.01.021 was delivered in May 1970 as, presumably, coupe no. 917.021 to the AAW Racing Team of the Finnish Porsche distributor, Wihuri. The car ran 13 races, including Spa, the Watkins Glen 6 Hours, Nurburgring 1000 kms and Le Mans. It was normally driven by Gijs van Lennep, sometimes paired with David Piper or Gerard Larrousse.

During the winter of 1970-1971, the car was returned to the factory. For 1971, the factory supplied the AAW team with new Spyder parts and bodywork plus a 5.4 liter engine, which were combined with the other mechanicals of the year old coupe. The Spyder was driven in all seven races of the European Interserie by Leo Kinnunen, winning the Championship.

Under new ownership, the car raced occasionally in the Interserie in 1972 and 1973 and was then restored. In 1973 Mr Sten Hillgard purchased the car who raced it as part of the SSK-series in Sweden and the Inter Series. The car was sold to Gerry Sutterfield in 1978, until being acquired by Robert Hendrickson in 1987. The new owner kept the 917 Spyder for several years, before passing it to Bob Rapp via Kevin Jeanette.

While in his ownership, Gunnar Racing, headed up by the Kevin Jeannette, carried out extensive work on the old car, bringing it up to mechanically acceptable condition. The work, according to Jeanette, is likely better described as a restoration and included a total disassembly of the car after which the main chassis structure, ahead of the original rear cross member, was refabricated from new to factory specs prior to reassembly with the car’s original engine, gearbox, suspension, wheels, gauges, seats, brakes, wiring harness and body panels. The engine and transaxle at that time were fresh with about one hour of testing time logged and it is assumed that these major components are still in good condition since it is believed that this 917 Spyder has not seen further track time since this refurbishment.

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