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 |  Jun 18 2012, 2:02 PM

A pair of highly coveted Ford GT40s will be heading to the Monterey RM Auctions event on August 17-18th, 2012, including the famous camera car used in Steve McQueen’s Le Mans film.

There’s no denying that the GT40 is one of the world’s most respected and legendary race vehicles ever created, but the 1968 Ford GT40 Gulf/Mirage Lightweight Racing Car may be one of the world’s most famous vehicles ever. Raced extensively throughout 1968, the GT40 was then sold to Solar Productions in 1970 before utilized as a camera car in Le Mans. Since then, the car has gone on to several collectors and now it could be yours.

The other GT40 that will be auctioned off is a 1967 Mk I and is an authentic example of the first generation GT40 model. One of only 31 GT40 production road cars, it boasts a pearl white exterior contrasted by blue racing stripes. Amazingly there is only 4,749 miles on the odometer making it one of the world’s lowest mileage GT40s, if not the lowest. The 1967 GT40 has an estimated price of $2,300,000 to $2,700,000.

GALLERY: RM Auctions Ford GT40s

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[Source: RM Auctions]

 |  Mar 10 2012, 12:01 PM

Lost fans might be a little disappointed in the new Alcatraz TV show, but it appears that the season finale will have a lot more excitement to it. 

Back in 1968, the movie Bullitt featured Steve McQueen in an infamous chase scene piloting a Ford Mustang. Arguably the most iconic car chase scene in film history, many have used it as the benchmark for directing and producing their own chase scenes in movies and television shows. Now, Alcatraz will take its best stab at it, starrting a 2013 Mustang.

The show was recently caught filming on the streets of San Francisco, Calif. with stunt driver Jack Gill admitting that they’re doing their best job to not only “recreate every single shot,” but to also add their own twist to it with “a lot of sliding around the corners, a lot of getting close to things.” Even better, director Jack Bender said they filmed some of the scenes on the same streets as the chase in Bullitt.

The season finale of Alcatraz with the chase scene will air on March 26.

[Source: Mustangs Daily]

 |  Dec 19 2011, 8:00 PM

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A rare combination of Hollywood and racing history, the Gulf livery racing suit that Steve McQueen wore for the movie Le Mans was sold in a California auction for a steep $800,000. After fees and taxes are taken into account, the total sum is actually $984,000.

With the exception of an automobile, this is the most expensive piece of racing memorabilia ever sold.

From the text of the Profiles in History auction catalog, “When principal filming of Le Mans was completed, Solar Productions donated this suit to the British newspaper, The Observer, for a special La Mans-themed contest in 1971.”

“By answering 3 Le Mans history questions correctly, 12 year-old Timothy Davies of Wolverhampton, England was chosen as the winner and presented with the suit by racing driver Richard ‘Dickie’ Attwood, winner of the 1970 Le Mans race and driver of the Porsche 917K Gulf car during driving sequences in the film.”

[Source: SpeedTV]

 |  Aug 22 2011, 1:15 PM

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It’s quite surprising how the perceived value of an object skyrockets strictly based on its previous owner. This classic 1970 Porsche 911S with 112,000 miles on the odometer sold on Friday night in Monterey for $1.2 million thanks to the fact that it used to belong to Steve McQueen and was used in the opening scenes of LeMans. It is also the 200th vehicle RM has auctioned off for over $1 million.

Bidding for the classic Porsche started at $200,000 and made it to $1 million almost instantly before it started to become a battle between the subsequent buyer and a determined overseas bidder. The only thing we know about the winning bidder is that they are from the United States so hopefully the Porsche remains a classic display vehicle somewhere here in someone’s collection and makes a return to Monterey one year to show off to the world.

GALLERY: Steve McQueen’s 1970 Porsche 911S

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[Source: Autoblog]

 |  Aug 17 2011, 5:15 PM

With the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance kicking off tomorrow in Monterey, California, hundreds of collectible cars will be up for sale.

There will be at least five auctions slated for this week, put on by Bonhams, Gooding & Company, Mecum, RM and Russo and Steele. Collector car insurance company Hagerty has compiled the estimated net worth of every car being auctioned this week at a whopping $230 million. Some of the highlighted collector cars include a 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza expected to fetch around $3 million and a 1957 Ferrari 250 TR Prototype that may break the overall record price of a car sold at auction, selling for around $13 million. Two cars formally owned by Steve McQueen will also go under the hammer, including one of his motorcycles.

Stay tuned for updates on the auction!

[Source: Hagerty]

 |  Jul 15 2011, 2:17 PM

 

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]

 |  Jun 21 2011, 6:07 PM

Some people collect stamps. Others collect fine wine. But a select few can afford to collect classic cars. If you’re among those few, you’ll be excited to hear that the world’s first and oldest Bentley is up on the auction block.

The classic car once owned by Steve McQueen is going up for auction in August by Gooding & Co. of Santa Monica, California in Pebble Beach. Still in running condition, the Bentley 1921, Chassis No. 3 is reportedly to be the first car that was ever delivered to a customer. This beauty participated in various rallies in her day and still has enough juice in her to putter around.

Gooding & Co. Car specialist Paul Hageman says the first version of the car, which was an experiment, no longer exists, but the second one was preserved by the automaker. After going through a series of owners in the UK, Chassis No. 3 was once owned by Welshman Ivor Llewelyn, father of James Bond films actor Desmond Llewelyn.

If you’re looking to throw your hat in the ring, the 1921 3-liter Bentley is expected to fetch around $250,000. That’s not a bad price, considering a 1927 Bentley went for around $780,000 at recent Bentley auction.

[Source: Born Rich]

 |  Apr 27 2011, 9:36 AM

 

The Steve McQueen nostalgia binge rolls on, with the news that legendary London auction house Bonham’s is putting up the King of Cool’s 1971 Husqvarna 400 for auction.

The “Husky” took American off-road riding by storm—after McQueen ditched his own Triumph for a Husky in the classic motocross film On Any Sunday, popularity of the small Swedish bike exploded overnight.

The very same bike auctioned off here was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated in August 1971, where McQueen tested a number of new off-road bikes in the dirt. McQueen was an accomplished rider himself, and the auction includes numerous trophies that he accrued over the years, liberated from the McQueen Estate in 1984.

The auction is set to take place at the Quail Lodge in Carmel, California on May 14th and will also include McQueen’s collection of racing trophies. Like anything touched by the hand of McQueen himself—such as his Porsche, Ferrari, and his Baja racer—it won’t go for cheap. Click the jump for the full press release from Bonham’s.

 |  Mar 31 2011, 8:15 PM

Steve McQueen is eternally cool. And that’s what makes TAG Heuer Meridist’s newest phone so hip. Answer the call for cool with the Gulf Meridist, a cell phone that’s inspired by Steve McQueen’s character Michael Delaney in the 1971 film “Le Mans.”

Adorned with Gulf Oil’s signature light blue and orange color scheme, this luxury mobile phone is covered with a black body finish and its PVD surface treatment ensures it won’t get scratched up.

But the cool doesn’t stop there. Its rear battery cover is black rubber that sports two orange and blue stripes. Just above the cell phone’s rear camera shutter, you’ll find the Gulf logo above the rear camera, and the TAG Heuer logo appears just below the front crystal sapphire screen.

If you’re thinking to yourself: “I am pretty cool, but I could be cooler,” you’ll want to get your hands on the Gulf Meridist mobile phone soon, as there are only 400 of these limited edition models being made.

[Source: Born Rich]

 |  Mar 11 2011, 9:38 AM

If you’ve seen Le Mans, you’ll remember the opening sequence with a lovely slate-grey Porsche 911 that Steve McQueen drives through the countryside. Now, here’s the chance to own that same car.

McQueen liked the 1970 Porsche 911S so much that he bought it after the movie was completed and shipped it to California, where he added it to his personal collection alongside his Jaguar XKSS, Ferrari 250GTL, and various motorcycles. This model was fully-equipped from the factory, including air conditioning, leather seats and a radio.

And after a few owners it’s hitting the block at RM Auctions, where it will be featured at the Monterey auction on August 19th. Like anything even vaguely McQueen-related, it’ll go for big bucks, so you’ve got five months to start scraping the change from under the couch cushions.

 |  Jul 12 2010, 10:15 PM

Happy 55th birthday Porsche! And to help celebrate the momentous occasion, the Porche Club of America has commissioned Tag Heuer to make a very special edition 55-piece watch for the exclusive brand.

The high-end Swiss watchmaker is issuing the Monaco watch with a limited run of just 55 timepieces to mark the anniversary. Tag Heuer and Porshe go back a long way, beginning with Steve McQueen and his role in the movie Le Mans. McQueen drew inspiration from his friend and Porsche race Jo Siffert for the role (interesting trivia note: Siffert was the first driver to be sponsored by a watchmaker, which happened to be Tag Heuer). In the film, McQueen wore Porsche’s Monaco watch and thus began the start of a beautiful friendship between the two brands.

This edition of the Monaco watch comes equipped with a chronograph, as well as a dial that has features  red and black rally stripes with the racing number “55” and the PCA’s logo engraved on the back. Finishing off the look is a handsome black leather strap, complete with its own set of racing holes and red stitching.

To ensure this watch stays exclusive, only 55 will be made available. It also comes with an exclusive price tag: $5,500. Membership does have its privileges.

[Source: Top Speed]