Le­gal loop­hole al­lows Le Mans racer to be­come road reg­is­tered

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Porsche collector Clau­dio Rod­daro of Monaco has achieved the near im­pos­si­ble. He has reg­is­tered a Porsche 917K racer for le­gal road use. Rod­daro bought the car in 2016 for an undis­closed but pre­sum­ably in­ter­ga­lac­tic sum in 2016. From there, the seem­ingly in­sur­mount­able task of get­ting it road reg­is­tered be­gan.

The story hinges on an­other road-le­gal 917, that of the fa­mous Count Rossi, the Ital­ian no­ble­man who mas­ter­minded Mar­tini’s fa­mous spon­sor­ship tie-in with Porsche. Via a some­what sus­pect reg­u­la­tory loop­hole, Rossi man­aged to reg­is­ter the car for road in the US state of Alabama, of all places. Once reg­is­tered in Alabama, Rossi was able to use that pa­per­work to wan­gle road reg­is­tra­tion in Europe.

Porsche says that in or­der to get his 917K ap­proved for road use, Rod­daro had to prove it was iden­ti­cal to the Rossi car. Rod­daro’s car was orig­i­nally based on the un­fin­ished num­ber 037 chas­sis, ac­quired by Ger­many coach­builder Baur in the late 1970s where it was to re­main un­fin­ished for decades. It was even­tu­ally sold to a US collector who had it fully built by Carl Thomp­son at Gun­nar Rac­ing in Long Beach. In April 2004, more than thirty years after its life be­gan, 917-037 made its pub­lic de­but at the Rennsport Re­union in Day­tona.

Through­out its life, Porsche re­mained aware of the car’s where­abouts and was able to fur­nish the own­ers with a chas­sis plate upon re­quest, au­then­ti­cat­ing 037 as a gen­uine 917 and in turn en­abling the car to be road reg­is­tered. With around 600hp from its 4.9-litre flat-12 en­gine but just 600kg over­come, it must surely be one of the most ex­treme road cars ever cre­ated.

Yes, it’s the real thing! A fully road le­gal 917, with cor­rect flat-12 en­gine, au­then­ti­cated by Porsche and reg­is­tered by Monaco based Porsche collector, Clau­dio Rod­daro

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