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This incredible ‘half scale’ Porsche 917K is “the best children’s car ever built” according to press reports, and is waiting to be finished with the winning bidder's choice of paintwork. Only a few of these mini race cars are built each year, so this is an unmissable opportunity to acquire a brand-new example in a faithful period livery.

The car pictured in the accompanying photos shows the finished result when chosen in the Gulf Blue and Orange livery. Salzburg Red and White, and Martini White and Blue, are also available, and are shown as examples at the end of the gallery. While the racing numbers are true to the famous cars they represent, these can also be changed if the winning bidder wishes.

Its chassis is a powder-coated lightweight tubular steel construction to a bespoke design, while the bodywork is moulded fibreglass that is a faithful tribute to the iconic 917 ‘Kurzheck’ shape. It rides on 10-inch wheels with pneumatic tyres. The overall dimensions are 2.6 metres in length and 1.6 metres in width.

A 4.8bhp carburettor-fed 163cc pro-kart Honda engine sits behind the cabin, capable of driving this half-scale replica at speeds of up to 20mph. There is rack-and-pinion steering and a hydraulic brake to bring the car to a stop.

The cabin is finished with bare aluminium panels, and there is a single mini bucket seat for the driver located centrally. A quick-release steering wheel is fitted, as well as working lights, horn, and fan. There is a removable roof section that allows taller drivers to get behind the wheel, and the manufacturer states that it is suitable for children aged from five years old up to early teens, assuming average height and build.

This creation has been embraced by Porsche connoisseurs as well as the marque itself, with one example having been on display at the Porsche Cars North America headquarters in Atlanta.

This Porsche 917K Junior is a superb collector’s item in its own right, and would make a stunning addition to any garage full of Stuttgart’s finest. Of course, it really deserves to be enjoyed by those small enough to get behind the wheel, and for any junior motorsport fan, there can surely be no cooler children’s car. This is a faithful ‘half scale’ recreation of a genuinely iconic racer, and would make an unforgettable gift for a loved one.

As specified in the listing above, the photos provided here are for illustration only. The car being offered is a brand-new build. Following a successful auction, full payment must be made within seven working days, and the seller requires up to eight weeks to complete the car to specification before delivery or collection.

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