Psychedelic hippie livery is probably the color scheme that turns Porsche 917 into art. The story behind this particular livery for the Porsche 917 is pretty interesting. Its purple, green and white swirling colors combination is created by Anatole Lapin, then newly appointed chief designer at Porsche. He had to create color schemes for the Martini Racing team which just had purchased Porsche 917 from the factory. Instead of opting for the classic Martini-Rosso color scheme, Lapin offered a combination of purple, matt fluorescent green and white.

This #FineCarArt work was finished just a week before the competition of 24 Hours in Le Mans in 1970. 1500 spray cans were used for the hippie livery creation. Hans-Dieter Dechent from Martini Racing recalls that anyone involved in the process didn’t felt their index fingers.

Porsche 917K Hippie 1970 Glen Watkins

The hippie livery of Porsche 917 became an instant hit and even racing event organizers asked Martini Racing to enter with cars in this particular color scheme. Everybody loved the hippie Porsche 917 except Ferdinand Piech, the man behind the 917 project. He said that a racing car should be white.

Now you can feel the spirit of the hippie beast Porsche 917, beautifully created by Peter Dials and carefully issued by Simply Petrol.



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