After the car’s racing career was over, Porsche racer Jo Siffert bought the car and loaned it to the production team to film Le Mans. The car, with its iconic orange and blue Gulf colors, was at the heart of the film, as McQueen seemingly raced it forever. Upon Siffert’s untimely death in 1971, the 917 led the funeral procession, making it officially the most badass funeral car of all time. After that—for 25 years—this car sat in a shed in rural France, before being rediscovered and restored to its original glory.
Aaron Miller is the Rides editor for Supercompressor. When he goes, he wants a racecar leading his funeral.