He’s been dead since 1980, but the allure of Steve McQueen remains as strong as ever. A notorious car and motorcycle enthusiast, McQueen was responsible for putting some of the most memorable examples of auto culture on the silver screen, including the car chase in Bullet and 1971’s Le Mans, arguably the most realistic motor racing movie ever filmed.
Speaking of Le Mans, a 1970 Porsche 911 S, which was delivered to McQueen on the movie set while he was putting together his masterpiece, is now up for grabs at next month’s RM Auction, which takes place during the same weekend as the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in Monterey.
This classic 911, tucked away for three decades after McQueen sold it in 1971, is a genuine Euro spec car and reportedly in stunning original condition, with less than 20,000 km (12,500 miles) on the clock. Another former McQueen car will also be up for grabs, a 1953 Siata 208 S Spider, originally bought by the star in 1956.
Powered by an exotic 2-liter V-8 engine , the Siata eventually wound up back East and was discovered in North Carolina in 1983. It was subsequently restored and painted a custom Ruby Red (it was gray originally). Not too long ago, in 2008, the engine received a major overhaul, the car as since covered less than 400 miles. The ultra rare 208 is being sold with a collection of memorabilia including original ownership and workshop manuals, a collection of original spare parts and documentation showing the car was purchased by McQueen, along with FIA paperwork. As a fully functioning, running and driving car, eligible for historic racing events, yet still able to draw accolades at top shows, It’ll likely fetch top dollar.
RM’s Monterey auction runs from August 19-20 and will be hosted at the Portola Hotel and Spa. For more details on these and other cars slated to go under the hammer, click on the link below:
[Source: RM Auctions]