Winning Ways | Porsche 917 | Martin Allen

A stunning painting of a Porsche 917 which dominated Le Mans in the early 1970’s. The star of Steve McQueen’s famous film Le Mans, the 917 is one of the most famous sports cars of all time.


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A fine art original painting of the iconic number ’23’ Porsche 917 at the Le Mans 24 hour race. The original canvas is 36″ x 24″ along with limited edition signed A2 pigment prints on Somerset ragroll paper. The canvas was painted to celebrate the iconic Porsche 917 Group C racing car that dominated at Le Mans 24 hour motor race for many years.

The Porsche 917 is a sports prototype race car developed by German manufacturer Porsche. The 917K gave Porsche its first overall wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1970 and 1971. It is powered by the Type 912 flat-12 engine of 4.5, 4.9, or 5 litres.  The 917/30 American Can-Am variant was capable of a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) time of 2.3 seconds, 0–124 mph (200 km/h) in 5.3 seconds. The ‘long tail’ Langheck version had a maximum measured top speed of 362 km/h (225 mph).

In 1971 the Porsche 917 featured in the Steve McQueen film Le Mans. In 2017 the actual car driven by McQueen in the film was sold at auction for $14m, a record price for a Porsche. For the 40th anniversary of the 917 in 2009 Porsche held a special celebration at the Goodwood Festival of speed.

Background – In an effort to reduce the speeds generated at Le Mans and other fast circuits of the day by the unlimited capacity Group 6 Prototypes (such as the seven-litre Ford GT40 Mk.IV and four-litre V12 Ferrari) the Commission Sportive International (then the independent competition arm of the FIA) announced that the International Championship of Makes would be run for three-litre Group 6 prototypes for four years from 1968 through 1971. This capacity reduction would also serve to entice manufacturers who were already building three-litre Formula One engines to adapt them for endurance racing.

Well aware that few manufacturers were ready to take up the challenge immediately, the CSI also allowed the participation of five-litre Group 4 Sports Cars, of which a minimum of 50 units had to be manufactured. This targeted existing cars like the aging Ford GT40 Mk.I and the newer Lola T70 coupe.

Motorsport art available in 3 different special studio print sizes:
Standard – A3 30cm x 42cm
Premium A2 42cm x 59cm
Superior A1 59cm x 84 cm.
Standard prints have printed titles and are from an edition of 100 and embossed, Premium
prints are from an edition of 75 signed and numbered by the artist, and Superior prints from
an edition of 50 signed and numbered by the artist.
All prints are pigment prints on fine art grade archival matt paper.
Each print is hand embossed in the lower margin and is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity


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