A Porsche 917K junior toy car is up for auction

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by Greg Potts | May 17, 2020
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Back in 2017, the Gulf-liveried Porsche 917K that starred in Steve McQueen’s Le Mans sold at auction for just over $14 million. So yeah, it’d be fair to say that original 917s are a little out of reach for most of us.

That’s where this comes in. This is a 917K Junior children’s car—essentially a mini-me replica of one of the most famous racing cars in history, but with a fully working engine, brakes, and steering. It might just be the greatest toy ever created.

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We say toy—it’s a pretty serious bit of kit, this. The engine is a 4.8hp 163cc Honda go-kart unit, the steering is a rack-and-pinion setup, and the fiberglass bodywork cloaks a lightweight tubular steel chassis. Nice.

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Apparently, the mini-me can reach speeds of just over 30kph, and there’s a hydraulic brake to avoid expensive accidents—helpful when the unnamed manufacturer suggests kids as young as five can drive the thing.

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Bigger kids (and excitable parents) won’t be left out, though—the roof is removable, so if your legs fit onto the pedals, you’re good to go. The whole thing is 2.6 meters long and 1.6 meters wide.

Sounds fantastic, right? Plus, there’s one for sale right now on the Collecting Cars auction site, where the winning bidder will apparently have the option of choosing between Gulf, Team Salzburg, or Martini liveries.

What a thing.

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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