renumbered spyder is the only 917 having an "01"
designation in its chassis number. With this number,
917-01-021, it won the European Interseries Championship
(European Can Am) in 1971, with Leo Kinnunen driving
for the Finnish AAW team. The car remained in this form
until it was purchased by Bob Rapp in 1999. It was known
that the car had previously been a Coupe, with a chance
of it having been an ex-Gulf/Wyer car. After thoroughly
stripping the chassis to bare metal, and under careful
inspection, the electrical cut off switch brackets were
found on the rear chassis tubes. This switch location
was unique to Gulf/Wyer cars. Upon research, some of
the missing 917 chassis numbers were 003, 009, and 015.
The facts pointed to this being 917-015, and the process
began to turn it back into the 917K that won the Daytona
24-hour race in 1970, driven by Pedro Rodriguez and
Leo Kinnunen (race #2). It's interesting that Kinnunen
won the Interseries Championship in a spyder manufactured
from the chassis that won Daytona the previous year.
and Bob Rapp felt that 917-01-021 (the spyder), which
was very historic, should not be lost forever. A new
chassis was constructed, using the original roll bar
and rear section of the chassis. All of the original
suspension, engine, gearbox and bodywork from the spyder
will be reinstalled on the 90% new chassis. At this
point, the job is already about 30% completed.