1975 Porsche 930 Owned by Steve McQueen, 1991 964 RS Up for Auction
Two rare birds.
There are uncommon Porsche 911s, and then there are those special models that move into the realm of rare and special 911s for either their low production numbers, or the celebrity owners who bought them new. Up for sale in the coming months are two particularly special Porsche 911s, both desirable for entirely different reasons.
Crossing the auction block at the 2015 Silverstone Classic auction later this month is arguably the most desirable variant of the Porsche 964 911 ever created. The 1991 Porsche 964 RS is what late-model aircooled enthusiasts picture during their fever dreams. This particular RS is rarer still than a standard 3.6 RS, as this one left Stuttgart in rare N/GT "Clubsport" specification. In this trim, the RS sports a stripped-out interior with a welded-in rollcage, thin-line Recaro seats, and four-point racing harnesses.
While the original 3.6-liter flat-six engine pushed out a potent 260 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque, the engine was extensively rebuilt in 2005 by the 911 specialists at Ninemeister, and now puts out a dyno-tested 305 hp at 6,150 rpm. New brakes, suspension, and wheel bearings came in 2006, with a glass-out repaint in 2008.
The cost of all this rarity? The auctioneers estimate a range between $358,000 and $404,000. Let's not forget that for the same cash, you could grab a brand-new 2015 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, a 2015 Porsche Cayman GT4, and a normal Porsche 964 911, with enough funds left over to maintain and insure your new Porsche fleet.
If celebrity ownership is more your speed, a 1976 Porsche 911 930 Turbo bought new by Steve McQueen is crossing the Mecum auction block later this summer. This 930 is purported to be the final special-order Porsche 911 purchased by McQueen, with unique features including larger and wider wheels, and a special dash-mounted switch that turns off the rear lights, in case he was chased on Mulholland Drive. The 3.0-liter turbocharged flat-6 engine puts out between 245 hp and 260 hp, sent to the rear wheels through a four-speed manual transmission.
No estimate was given for Steve McQueen's 930, but expect prices to push well above the quarter-million mark given the car's provenance.