Original, never registered, 1976 Laser 917 Porsche Replica

Sold For: US $16,000

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wheels..love these

Ebay Description:

After 33 years in storage, the car is complete and ready to go.

Elite Enterprise was the manufacture of the body # 237 purchased in 1976 with all available options. The color is gunmetal (silver/ blue/gray) metal flake. I personally met Gerald Knapp the creator and founder of Elite Enterprise at his factory in Minnesota where I purchased the Kit. I have all the original documents.

The chassis is a modified VW Ghia floor pan. Front suspension has reduced torsion, rack & pinion, w/disc brakes. The rear suspension is Porsche 912, with disc brakes. Transmission is a 5 speed Porsche 911 powered by a 2.0 liter 6 cylinders. Wheels are American Racing, polished and painted. Air conditioned for cruising comfort.

As the builder of this car, I have a Manufacturing Engineering Degree and ASE certification.

After being removed from storage, the motor was disassembled, inspected and rebuilt including a new clutch disc. The Brake Calipers were rebuilt, all flexible lines and the Master Cylinder were replaced. The Electrical systems were inspected and all are operational.

This is a complete original Laser 917, only one of a handful remaining.

The vehicle was inspected by the DMV and has a Florida Title (clear). You will be the first registered owner.

This vehicle is sold, AS IS WHERE IS with no warranty. Thank You for looking.



It is difficult to photograph all the details of the vehicles body condition, however small scratches and blemishes in the vehicles paint and body are often difficult to catch in the camera lens, please know that these imperfections may exist.





Accepted form of payment is Cash in person OR Certified funds.


Pickup must occur within TEN DAYS of the SALE

.The winning bidder is responsible for picking the vehicle up. (Prearranged)


Legal Information and Disclaimer:

Seller reserves the right not to sell to any bidder with 0 or negative feedback. Seller also reserves the right to end the Sale early (locally advertised). A $500.00 (non-refundable deposit) is due immediately to close the sale and the balance is due within 7 days of sale.

Vehicle has never been registered but is considered pre-owned and being offered in "AS IS" condition with no warranties expressed or implied. I have done my best to make sure descriptions are as complete and accurate as possible. I can be reached to discuss this item thru (ASK SELLER QUESTION).

Remember that your deposit constitutes a legally binding contract to purchase this item. If you require an inspection, have it done prior to purchase. I strongly encourage all buyers to inspect vehicle personally or enlist the services of a professional inspector prior to placing a deposit. After the sale, inspections are not recognized as a contingency to completing your obligation to your purchase. Please do not buy if you are not seriously interested or not capable to purchase this item. If there are any questions regarding the above terms, please e-mail prior to buying. Thank You for looking.


The Porsche 917 is a racecar that gave Porsche its first overall wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1970 and 1971. Powered by the Type 912 flat-12 engine of 4.5, 4.9, or 5 litres, the 917/30 variant was capable of a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) time of 2.3 seconds, 0–124 mph (200 km/h) in 5.3 seconds, and a top speed of over 240 mph (390 km/h).[1]

There are 6 variants of the 917. The original version had a long tail (917LH), but had considerable handling problems at high speed. The Gulf team had then experimented with a shorter tail, and solved the handling problems at the expense of some top speed. Porsche adopted these changes into the 917K. These versions produced around 620 bhp. There is also the "Pink Pig" version, modified 917K with the 908 rear spoilers and the Turbocharged spyder 917/10 and 917/30. In the 1973 Can-Am series, the turbocharged version Porsche 917/30 developed 1,100 bhp (820 kW).[1]

The 917 is one of the most iconic sports racing cars of all time, largely for its high speeds and high power outputs, and was made into a movie star by Steve McQueen in his 1971 film Le Mans.

Another movie star was the Laser 917 in Disney’s “ Herbie goes to Monte Carlo”.

The birth of the 917

In an effort to reduce the speeds generated at Le Mans and other fast circuits of the day by the unlimited capacity Group 6 prototypes (such as the 7-litre Ford GT40 Mk.IV and 4-litre V12 Ferrari P) the Commission Sportive Internationale (then the independent competition arm of the FIA) announced that the International Championship of Makes would be run for 3-litre Group 6 prototypes for four years from 1968 through 1971. This capacity reduction would also serve to entice manufacturers who were already building 3-litre Formula One engines into endurance racing.

Well aware that few manufacturers were ready to take up the challenge immediately, the CSI also allowed the participation of 5-litre Group 4 Sports Cars, of which a minimum of 50 units had to be manufactured.[3] This targeted existing cars like the aging Ford GT40 Mk.I and the newer Lola T70 coupe.

In April 1968, facing few entrants in races, the CSI announced that the minimal production figure to compete in the Sport category of the International Championship of Makes (later the World Sportscar Championship) would be reduced from 50 to 25, starting in 1969 through the planned end of the rules in 1971. With Ferrari absent in 1968, mainly Porsche 908 and Ford P68 were entered there, with the Ford being a total failure. As a result, old 2.2-litre Porsche 907 often won that category, with John Wyer's 4.7-litre Ford GT40 Mk.I taking wins at faster tracks.

Starting in July 1968, Porsche made a surprising and very expensive effort to take advantage of this rule. As they were rebuilding race cars with new chassis every race or two anyway, selling the used cars to customers, they decided to conceive, design and build 25 versions of a whole new car with 4.5-litre for the Sport category with one underlying goal: to win its first overall victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans on May 14, 1970. In only ten months the Porsche 917 was developed, based on the Porsche 908.

When Porsche was first visited by the CSI inspectors only three cars were completed, while 18 were being assembled and seven additional sets of parts were present. Porsche argued that if they assembled the cars they would then have to take them apart again to prepare the cars for racing. The inspectors refused the homologation and asked to see 25 assembled and working cars.

On March 12, 1969, a 917 was displayed at the Geneva Motor Show, painted white with a green nose and a black #917. Brief literature on the car detailed a cash price of DM 140,000, approximately £16,000 at period exchange rates - or the price of about ten Porsche 911s. This price did not cover the costs of development.

On April 20 Ferdinand Piëch displayed 25 917s parked in front of the Porsche factory to the CSI inspectors. Piëch even offered the opportunity to drive any of the cars, which was declined.

Item Location: Kissimmee, Florida


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