Open Roads, March | Lot 120
Porsche 917 Children's Car
£18,600 GBP | Sold
| Chobham, United Kingdom
17 - 25 March 2021
This rare Porsche 917 Junior is a superb collector’s item in its own right; however, behind its incredible detailed looks, it is a fully working car for children/adults to drive and enjoy. Delivered new some years ago to its current and only owner, this incredible junior 917 remains brand new and has never been used.
Built to 70% scale, the 917 offered here is powered by a key start, 9 bhp 230 cc engine. It is capable of speeds of up to 28 mph, although the speed can be restricted if desired. There is rack-and-pinion steering, front spring suspension and hydraulic brakes to bring the car to a stop. It also has a 2-1 reduction gearbox with a wet clutch. It features full-size car engineering, simply scaled down.
The chassis is a powder-coated lightweight tubular construction. Known to the current owner to be the only such example delivered with a silver chassis. The bodywork is moulded fibreglass that is a faithful tribute to the iconic 917 ‘Kurzheck’ Porsche. It rides on 10-inch wheels with pneumatic tyres.
The interior is finished with bare aluminium panels, and there is a mini bucket seat for the driver. A quick-release steering wheel is fitted, as well as working headlights and rear cooling fan, just like its full scale compadre. The overall dimensions are 2.6 metres in length and 1.6 metres in width.
This 917 will suit drivers from as young as five years old up-to fully grown adults with the child’s seat removed. It also has a removable roof section that allows taller drivers to get behind the wheel.
Top Gear magazine recently said it “might just be the greatest toy car ever built” .