Thanks in part to the Gulf-liveried 917s dominating the story line, Porsches have long been linked to Steve McQueen's pet project, Le Mans. But long before the 917 and 910 racers actually popped up on-screen during the film, the movie showcases one Porsche in particular: a Slate Grey 1970 911S.
Now you’ll have a chance to own it.
RM Auctions announced today that McQueen’s own 1970 911S -- the very car used in the opener to his cult classic racing film -- will be auctioned this August at its Monterey auction.
The high-tilt 911S was purchased by McQueen’s Solar Productions firm, but was used by the star as personal transportation during the movie’s filming in France.
The 911 ended up being more than just a means of mobility, however -- not only was it used in a nice cameo at the dawn of the film, but McQueen himself opted to bring the car back to California after filming was complete.
Shortly after, the car was sold for a host of reasons, one of which was McQueen already owned a 1969 911S fitted with a custom stereo to his tastes. The car passed through a number of owners in the years following, but according to RM, the car itself remains in largely original condition.
“There is no more iconic racing film than Le Mans, and no more charismatic owner of many of the world’s great sports cars than Steve McQueen,” Rob Myers, founder and chairman of RM, said in a prepared release. “We are delighted to have been selected to present this iconic car at our upcoming Monterey sale.”
No estimate is given for the 911S, but those two factors -- the screen time plus the legend of McQueen ownership -- may be enough to drive up bidding for the Porsche. Look for McQueen’s 911S to roll across the auction block over the weekend of August 19-20, and visit www.rmauctions.com for more information.
Source: RM Auctions
Photos courtesy of RM Auctions/ Darin Schnabel