Swathed in powder blue and trimmed with marigold, this 1969 Porsche 917K doesn't just look like the car from Steve McQueen's plot-challenged film Le Mans—it is the car
from Steve McQueen's Le Mans. Now, the most famous example of the world's greatest competition automobile is slated for auction at .
Santa Monica-based auction house Gooding & Company says it expects the price of this Gulf-liveried titan, Chassis No. 024, to eclipse its previous
record-setting '57 Ferrari 250 TR, which fetched $16.4 million back in 2011. That'd make 917-024 the most expensive Porsche ever sold at auction, due in part to
its illustrious pedigree.
This particular example became the first 917 ever to compete in a race when it debuted at the 1000 km Spa in 1969. The following year, it set the fastest time
testing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the hands of Brian Redman. It also led Jo Siffert's funeral procession and, of course, starred alongside McQueen in Le Mans.
Chassis No. 024 once again made headlines as a barn-find sensation when it was rediscovered during the early 2000s.
This 917 is the sort of car that transcends P-car geekery—it's an air-cooled cultural icon, a 560-hp piece of cinematic history, and a 12-cylinder relic
of the King of Cool.