Arab Today, arab today steve mcqueen’s final custom car up for auction
Last Updated : GMT 13:45:13
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

First-generation Porsche 911 Turbo

Steve McQueen’s final custom car up for auction

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Steve McQueen’s final custom car up for auction

Steve McQueen’s 1976 Porsche 911 (930) Turbo Carrera
California - Arab Today

When an immaculately preserved first-generation Porsche 911 Turbo comes up for auction it's only right to expect a little frisson of excitement among the classic Porsche collecting community.

However, when that car once belonged to none other than Steve McQueen, those excitement levels have been known to go off the charts.

And that's exactly what auctioneers Mecum are anticipating when McQueen's 1976 Porsche 911 (930) Turbo Carrera goes under the hammer on August 13 - 15 as part of the Mecum Daytime Auction in Monterey, California.

The McQueen factor, as it's known in auction house circles, is something unquantifiable. If the iconic Hollywood star owned it, came into contact with it or endorsed it, its value can rocket. Such is the aura that surrounds the man and his mythology. For example, TAG Heuer reissued the ‘Monaco' chronograph because McQueen sports one in the publicity poster for his 1971 passion project film, "Le Mans."

But McQueen was as consummate a racing driver and mechanic as he was a leading man, and what makes this particular piece of memorabilia so important is that it was the final car he ordered, specified and customized before his untimely death, aged 50 due to complications from mesothelioma. "This car is rich in history," said McQueen's son Chad. "This is the last of the McQueen cars, really. That's known. That's real."

The car was specified with dual side mirrors -- believe it or not, a very unusual request in the 1970s -- a sunroof and a limited-slip differential for better cornering grip and control at the limits. The star understood what happens when a rear-engined car is fitted with a turbocharger. However, he also had a couple of other special features added.

"My dad had little things done to it," Chad says. "Like on the dashboard, he had a switch put on so it would kill the rear lights in case he was being chased on Mulholland Drive."

This fear of being caught by the cops while on a nighttime cruise also goes to explain why he specified overtaking mirrors for both sides of the car.

McQueen was the quintessential bad boy who turned his life around -- spectacularly -- so it's also fitting that the institution he credited with giving him a firm hand when he needed it most, the Boys Republic reform school, will be receiving a portion of the sale price, when the car goes under the hammer.While there is no official estimate given for this car, it is being speculated that it could fetch about $1.5 million.

In 2011 a 1970 911 S went for $1.375 million with buyer's premium in Monterey through RM auctions: the extra attraction of that car was that it was the one McQueen actually drove in the opening sequence of "Le Mans," his 1971 film.
Source: Relaxnews

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today steve mcqueen’s final custom car up for auction Arab Today, arab today steve mcqueen’s final custom car up for auction

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Fadi explains secrets of  Nancy Ajram's newlook

GMT 18:23 2017 Friday ,24 February

Fadi explains secrets of  Nancy Ajram's newlook
Arab Today, arab today Tourist guide explains types of tourism

GMT 18:28 2017 Saturday ,25 February

Tourist guide explains types of tourism
Arab Today, arab today Expresses Algerian history by woody figures

GMT 13:26 2017 Friday ,24 February

Expresses Algerian history by woody figures
Arab Today, arab today Iran complying with nuclear deal

GMT 07:14 2017 Saturday ,25 February

Iran complying with nuclear deal
Arab Today, arab today Ayat Abaza says state TV presented major stars

GMT 03:52 2017 Sunday ,26 February

Ayat Abaza says state TV presented major stars
View News in Arabic - Auto: السيارات أخبار
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Reading therapy relieves mental disorders

GMT 15:39 2017 Friday ,24 February

Reading therapy relieves mental disorders
Arab Today, arab today UK appoints 1st Scotland Yard chief in 188 years

GMT 05:14 2017 Thursday ,23 February

UK appoints 1st Scotland Yard chief in 188 years
Arab Today, arab today Penguins in the age of dinos

GMT 11:44 2017 Saturday ,25 February

Penguins in the age of dinos
Arab Today, arab today Pluto's unruly moons

GMT 06:31 2015 Thursday ,04 June

Pluto's unruly moons
Arab Today, arab today 'Constructive' Vauxhall talk with union

GMT 08:54 2017 Saturday ,25 February

'Constructive' Vauxhall talk with union
Arab Today, arab today Tesla back into red but revenue grows

GMT 07:27 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Tesla back into red but revenue grows
Arab Today, arab today Ola Ghanem hopes to work with M.Ramadan

GMT 07:23 2017 Friday ,24 February

Ola Ghanem hopes to work with M.Ramadan
Arab Today, arab today Ex-yoga missionary unleashes rage

GMT 12:16 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Ex-yoga missionary unleashes rage

GMT 06:08 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Actress Lobna Abdel Aziz proud of her career

GMT 12:35 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

63-Year-Old Woman Delivers Baby

GMT 22:42 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Nasima Gamei revives heritage in jewelries

GMT 10:28 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Milan laughs while Rome cries

GMT 20:33 2017 Friday ,17 February

To release new antiques collection

GMT 10:20 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Brazil's top diplomat resigns

GMT 11:54 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Saudis await visitors but will they come?

GMT 13:12 2015 Saturday ,09 May

Sheikh Sultan opens Sharjah Centre

GMT 20:02 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

Nohan Seyam designs beautiful accessories
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday