1973 Road America Can-Am Winner Mark Donohue 1:18 Exoto Diecast Model

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Exoto 1973 Porsche 917/30KL #6 + Rolling Chassis - Donohue - LE of 1974 diecast car
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  • Year: 1973
  • Brand: Exoto
  • Make: Porsche
  • Code: EX18181
  • Model: 917/30KL #6 + Rolling Chassis - Donohue - LE …
  • Scale: 1:18
  • Color: Sunoco Colors
  • Points to redeem: 34,214

The 1973 Can-Am Champion Porsche 917/30KL was easily the most awe-inspiring of all the magnificent cars ever run in the nine years of the Can-Am series. Mark Donohue said, “There is no doubt that this is the finest racing car I have ever driven.” And he called it “a monument to my career as an engineer and driver”. The 30KL was a further development of the 917/10K, which was run in the 1972 & 1973 Can-Am seasons and had carried George Follmer and the Penske team to the ’72 series championship. Both the 30KL and the 10K were direct descendants of the Porsche 917 endurance racing coupe. Built between the ’72 and ’73 seasons, the 917/30KL utilized a 5.4 liter, twin-turbocharged twelve-cylinder boxer engine. With a driver-controlled boost knob, the driver could adjust the horsepower from 1100 @ 7800 rpm up to an incredible 1500! With a 98.4” wheelbase, the car was 7” longer than the previous 10K and picked-up 20 gallons in additional fuel capacity. SERA, a French aeronautical firm, developed the front bodywork and the rear body pieces Porsche had developed for use at LeMans. This body and the new, more-powerful engine gave the 30KL a top speed of 240 mph, 20 mph faster than the 10K.

Some initial problems with the car and a back-marker kept Donohue from winning the first two races of the 1973 season. After that, Donohue and his Penske Porsche Panzer dominated the season handily winning all of the remaining six races. At Road America, Donohue qualified fastest at 1:57.578 becoming the first racer in any type of racecar to break the 2 minute barrier. In the two-part race, Donohue had some early competition from Jody Scheckter and George Follmer, but finished first followed by a string of four 917/10K’s. On August 9, 1975, Donohue used this same car with some slight modifications to set the World’s Closed Course Speed Record of 221.120 mph at Talledega. Mark Donohue died 10 days later in a Formula One crash in Austria.

Configured in the way it raced at Road America, Exoto’s presentation of this car is astounding. Whether in the First Heat version with the additional rolling chassis or with the full-bodied car alone, Exoto has eclipsed everything they’ve done in 1:18 scale. Everything works! The wheels come off to reveal the intricate suspension and beautifully-done brake discs and calipers, the shift linkage back to the transmission works, the steering is through a self-contained rack and pinion, the wiring and plumbing is very complete even though some of the dashboard wiring is a little bit questionable, the cooling fan on top of the engine actually spins and the oil catch-can is about half-full. The graphics are beautifully presented and the car’s stance looks perfect. Exoto keeps upping the ante in realism and build-quality and the 917/30KL proves they can continue to improve on the seemingly unimprovable. With the Porsche 917/30KL, they have pushed quality and realism far beyond any other manufacturer of diecasts. Excellent job, Exoto!!!

-Bill Bennett

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