Own Steve McQueen’s Final Porsche, a 930 Turbo CarreraJune 12th, 2015
Steve McQueen is one of the coolest actors who ever lived. One reason was his passion for awesome cars, which was evident in films like Bullitt and LeMans and through his extensive car collection. McQueen’s rides sometimes come up for auction, and when they do the connection to the actor has an insane impact on the price. Alain Squindo, VP of RM auctions, recently told Vanity Fair, “Ownership by McQueen currently adds more value than anyone [else]. He was so cool on-screen, and behind the wheel. Car guys admire him because he was a damned good driver as well—he wasn’t a poseur, he espoused that gentleman racer persona.” As a case in point, in 2012 RM sold McQueen’s 1970 Porsche 911 S for more than $1.3 million – about five times more than a non-McQueen owned version would go for.
So one can only imagine what the final price will be for the final Porsche the actor ever purchased – a slate gray 1976 930 – when it hits the blocks in Monterey on August 13. The car has one of the rare, non-intercooled 3.0L turbo engines, and McQueen had a few extra cool extras added to the special order sports car. According to the Mecum Auction website, it had a “dashboard switch added by McQueen to kill the rear lights in case he was being chased on Mulholland Drive.”
For me, I am actually hoping the price for this Porsche goes sky high, because part of the sale prince will be donated to the Boys Republic in Chino Hills, California, a facility McQueen attended as a kid and a place that “transformed him,” according to his son Chad.