No cruise, no AC, four speed manual.
I saw this posted somewhere else this morning, and figured I would take a look at the Yahoo article. I did a Ctl+F and looked for "Canepa" then immediately went to his site for better information.
Only a dozen true John Wyer Gulf Porsches were made, and most almost immediately underwent vast modifications. Catching a glimpse of one is rare. Buying one rarer still. But if you've got eight figures to spare, Scotts Valley, Calif.-based Porsche racer turned restoration guru Bruce Canepa wants you to give him a call.
As for value, Canepa won't say what the car is going for, but he adds it is in healthy excess "of what the last 917 Gulf car sold for, which was $20 million." 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.
Canepa Collection link <— over 100 photos.
If anyone needs me, I'll be in my bunk.
Technical Specifications Porsche 917 004/017
- 5.0 Liter (4998cc) twelve cylinder air-cooled
- Bore & Stroke 86.8 x 70.4
- 10.5 compression ratio
- 630 HP @ 8300 rpm
- Torque 434 ft.lbs @ 6500 rpm
- Transmission: Type 920 four-speed with reverse
- Chassis: Aluminum tube construction 1.6mm wall thickness
- Body: Fiberglass reinforced resin
- Wheelbase: 90.5 inches / 2300mm
- Front wheels: 10.5" x 15" magnesium (9" x 15" rain)
- Rear wheels: 17" x 15" magnesium (12" x 15" or 15" x 15" rain)
- Front track: 1582mm or 1620mm depending on wheel width
- Rear track: 1533mm or 1584mm depending on wheel width
- Overall length: 162 inches / 4120mm
- Width: 78 inches / 1980mm
- Height: 37 inches / 940mm
- Weight: (without fuel) 1764 lbs / 800 kgs