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Porsche 917
Debut Series Grand Prix
Produced 1970-1972, 1973, 1974-1979, 2011
Designer Ira Gilford
Number 6416
1970-Porsche917-Purple

Porsche 917 was a car in the 1970 Hot Wheels series.

History on the Porsche 917

This is a model of the very first design of Porsche 917, produced in March, 1969, and raced through the 1969 season. The actual Porsche 917 was created with the goal of gaining an overall victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in mind. Design work started in July of 1968, planning to have the required 25 cars ready to be tested the following spring. The car had a 4.5 liter (274.6 cu. in) air cooled flat-12 engine, with dual overhead cams and twin spark plugs. It was initially rated at 620 hp.

Unfortunately the car had a maximum speed of around 240 mph. Little was understood of race car aerodynamics when traveling at those speeds in 1969, and the design you see in the Hot Wheels model was actually producing lift at over 200 mph, causing the car to be extremely unstable. A British driver was killed in a privately owned 917 at Le Mans that year, when he lost control on the high speed Mulsanne Strait. The 917s were not competitive at Le Mans, and only won one race in that year's sports car series.

After the 1969 season, at a testing session in Austria, an engineer noticed that the car had gone though a cloud of gnats, with many of the insects striking the front of the car. But there was no sign of the bugs on the tail of the car, suggesting that the tail was in a partial vacuum. The engineer and some mechanics improvised a higher tail with sheet aluminum, and sent the car back out on the track. The test driver reported the car slightly slower in a straight line, but much faster and more stable in the corners, and the laps times were several seconds faster. The car was sent back to the Porsche factory, where a new high speed wind tunnel tested the differences between the original design (this Hot Wheels model) and the improvised tail. Over the next few months several changes in the aerodynamics were made.

As a result, the Porsche 917 dominated the World Sports Car Championship over the next two years, including back to back wins at Le Mans. When the 1972 regulations outlawed the big engines, Porsche added turbochargers to the flat-12 engine (now developing over 1,000 hp) and entered the North American Can-Am series. The 917 dominated that series before the 1973-74 oil crisis caused that series to collapse. To this day the 917 is still regarded as one of Porsche's greatest cars.

Description

Mattel modeled the car after the Porsche 917, it had an opening rear engine compartment, Capped redline wheels and a sticker sheet with the number "18" racing decal and rocker panel stripes with the word "Porsche". The Porsche 917 was introduced into the line-up in 1970. This Porsche 917 casting has seen plenty of action through out the years. It was reissued in the line-up in 1973 with the new child safe paints and was part of the Flying Colors years to be laid to rest in 1979. Mattel in the 2000's started bringing back many of the old castings by reproducing the casting, this casting was one of them (see below for the retooled version).


USA Releases

The Porsche 917 has come out in the following 1/64 scale USA versions:

Identification notes for USA castings:

1. White interior

2. Matte black paint on taillight area

3. "Mattel Inc, USA" on base

Year Series Color Stickers Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes Photo
1970 Grand Prix Gray Enamel Number & racing Unpainted / Metal RL 6416 USA Porsche917
1970 Grand Prix Spectraflame Light Green Unpainted / Metal RL 6416 USA Image Not Available
1970 Grand Prix Spectraflame Magenta Unpainted / Metal RL 6416 USA Image Not Available
1970 Grand Prix Spectraflame Lime Green Unpainted / Metal RL 6416 USA Porsche 917 1970 Lime
1970 Grand Prix Spectraflame Hot Pink Unpainted / Metal RL 6416 USA 1970-Porsche917-Pink
1970 Grand Prix Spectraflame Rose Unpainted / Metal RL 6416 USA Porche 917
1970 Grand Prix Spectraflame Yellow Unpainted / Metal RL 6416 USA Porsche917.yellow
1970 Grand Prix Spectraflame Salmon Unpainted / Metal RL 6416 USA Image Not Available
1970 Grand Prix Spectraflame Red Unpainted / Metal RL 6416 USA Porsche 917 1970 Red
1970 Grand Prix Spectraflame Green Unpainted / Metal RL 6416 USA Image Not Available
1970 Grand Prix Spectraflame Blue Unpainted / Metal RL 6416 USA
Porsche 917 1970 Blue
1970 Grand Prix Spectraflame Aqua Unpainted / Metal RL 6416 USA Image Not Available
1970 Grand Prix Unpainted / Metal RL 6416 USA Image Not Available

Hong Kong Releases

The Porsche 917 has come out in the following 1/64 scale Hong Kong versions:


Identification notes for Hong Kong releases:

1. Black or brown interior,

2. Gloss black paint on taillight area,

3. "Hong Kong" on base

Year Series Color Stickers Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes Photo
1970 Grand Prix Spectraflame Blue Number & racing Unpainted / Metal RL 6416 Hong Kong Porsche917HKBlue
1970 Grand Prix Spectraflame Light Green Number & racing Unpainted / Metal RL 6416 Hong Kong Image Not Available
1970 Grand Prix Gray Enamel Number & racing Unpainted / Metal RL 6416 Hong Kong Image Not Available
1970 Grand Prix Spectraflame Lime Green Number & racing Unpainted / Metal RL 6416 Hong Kong Image Not Available
1970 Grand Prix Spectraflame Green Number & racing Unpainted / Metal RL 6416 Hong Kong Porsche-917
1970 Grand Prix Spectraflame Yellow Number & racing Unpainted / Metal RL 6416 Hong Kong Image Not Available
1970 Grand Prix Spectraflame Red Number & racing Unpainted / Metal RL 6416 Hong Kong Image Not Available
1970 Grand Prix Spectraflame Hot Pink Number & racing Unpainted / Metal RL 6416 Hong Kong Image Not Available
1970 Grand Prix Spectraflame Aqua Number & racing Unpainted / Metal RL 6416 Hong Kong Image Not Available
1970 Grand Prix Spectraflame Purple Number & racing Unpainted / Metal RL 6416 Hong Kong 1970-Porsche917-Purple

Re-Cast Versions

In 2011 the Porsche 917 was retooled for these 1/64 scale versions:

Col # Year Series Color Tampo Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes Photo
2011 The Hot Ones Metallic Red Red PORSCHE over black stripes on top sides. Yellow #9 on front end w/ stripes Unpainted/Metal Blue tint Grey BW W1561 Thailand Base codes: D36 2011TheHotOnes-Porsche917
2012 The Hot Ones Yellow Black/Red racing stripes "Prosche" "7" Unpainted/Metal Yellow tint Grey Red HO W3801 Thailand Base codes: E01 2012-THO-Porsche917-Yellow

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