“These cars are now valuable enough to not take any shortcuts. So we didn’t. It’s the most accurate 917 out there.”
Canepa is referring to a 917 used in the filming of “Le Mans,” which was on the block at Gooding & Company’s Monterey auction this past August. Though it was rumored to fetch as much $20 million, the car was pulled from the catalog shortly before the auction without explanation.
More than two years were spent going over every brace and bolt by Canepa’s team as well as engine builder Ed Pink of Los Angeles-based Ed Pink Racing Engines, body expert Kevin Jeannette of Gunnar Racing in West Palm Beach, Fla., and crankshaft experts Crosthwaite & Gardner in England, the country where the car first took racing shape under the watchful eye of Wyer in the London suburb of Slough.