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Video: Restoration of the Porsche 917 from Le Mans

Submitted by on July 14, 2012

The ultimate barn find, the legendary Porsche 917 from Le Mans begins its meticulous and incredibly scientific restoration in this video from drive it!.

After a thirty-year search, the Porsche 917 from Le Mans was uncovered in a French shed, still untouched after three decades of rest, making it one of the most original examples of a 917 in existence.

They may have left it supremely original, but those thirty years have not left it completely untouched. Time and languidness have left it in need of some work, and the owner has begun a restoration that is astonishing in the depth of its detail and meticulousness. Scientists examine its frame down to the very structural integrity of the materials that form it, checking for flaws that the naked eye could not uncover and ensuring a bright and beautiful future.

The video offers some interesting insights, both into the construction of the 917 itself and into the process being employed to restore it, as well as some fun reflections from Herbert Linge. Enjoy!

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