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Steve McQueen’s 1970 Porsche 911S

1970 Porsche 911S Le Mans

Steve McQueen's Porsche 911S hits the auction block in Monterey August 19-20.

Porsche collectors may want to take notice…another McQueen classic crosses the auction block this summer.

As enthusiasts, we know Steve McQueen was a car guy. He actually enjoyed collecting various modes of transportation, not only cars but airplanes and motorcycles too.

For McQueen fans, the movie ‘Le Mans’ is easily one of the favorites their Hollywood legend starred in.

Not too many people remember this particular Porsche 911S from the movie but it had a starring role nonetheless, albeit a nondescript one. This is the car McQueen drove in the opening scene of the movie, prior to the opening credits.

McQueen drove this 911S during the production of ‘Le Mans’ but went on to add the car to his personal collection in California.

Of course, speculation abounds for what the car may sell for. We’ve talked here on Ridestory before about McQueen’s previous cars sold at auction. His 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso sold in 2007 for $2.3 million. What will this McQueen Porsche fetch?

According to Richard Truesdell, Editorial Director of Automotive Traveler Magazine and automotivetraveler.com, the current owner “…paid in high six figures for the car.”

“I would be surprised, given the McQueen connection, that it will change hands for less than $1,000,000. I’m predicting that the car will sell for more than $1 million but less than what the Ferrari 250 Lusso sold for in 2007. The market for cars with documented celebrity connections has remained strong and in the collector car world, there are few celebrities more celebrated than Steve McQueen,” Truesdell said.

This could get interesting. All eyes will be on Monterey in August as RM Auctions hammers a price on this new McQueen collectable.

RM’s press release has further details.

Famed Steve McQueen ‘Le Mans’ Porsche 911s set for RM’s Monterey auction podium

AMELIA ISLAND, Florida (March 10, 2011) – Calling all Steve McQueen fans! RM Auctions, the world’s largest collector car auction house, will lift the gavel on the iconic 1970 Porsche 911S formerly owned by the “King of Cool” Steve McQueen and featured in his epic Hollywood film Le Mans, when its highly-anticipated Monterey sale returns to California, August 18 – 20, 2011.

Built to the highest 1970 specification, complete with air conditioning and a full complement of factory options, the Slate Grey 911S stars in the film’s legendary opening sequence as McQueen’s character, hotshot Porsche driver, Michael Delaney, drives through the French countryside, reflecting on life, death, and racing.

In addition to its starring role in the film, the Porsche 911S was used as McQueen’s personal transport during the movie’s production, later joining his own stable of extraordinary motor cars in California – a collection that over the years included everything from a Jaguar XK-SS, multiple Ferraris, Porsches, airplanes, motorcycles and everything in between.

Today, the 911S is presented in exceptionally original condition, and is offered from the collection of one of America’s foremost Porsche aficionados. In advance of its auction in August, it will be displayed at this weekend’s world-renowned Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and RM Amelia Island sale, March 10 – 13 in Northeast Florida.

“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,” says Rob Myers, Chairman and Founder, RM Auctions.

“We are delighted to have been selected to present this iconic car at our upcoming Monterey sale. Combining a well-documented history with an exciting celebrity and screen provenance, it will make for a valuable addition to any notable car collection.”

Returning to the Monterey Peninsula, August 19 – 20, 2011, RM’s Monterey sale was the first and original auction held during the now famous Monterey Classic Car Week. Over the past two decades, the event has carved a reputation for bringing together the world’s finest automobiles with its most discerning collectors. The 2011 event is set to continue the grand tradition, featuring approximately 175 investment-quality motor cars.

For further information on RM’s Monterey sale, please visit www.rmauctions.com, or call a RM Car Specialist at +1 519 352 4575 (North America) or +44 20 7851 7070 (Europe) to discuss limited consignment opportunities.

For further information on this weekend’s Amelia Island sale where the car will be displayed, please visit www.rmauctions.com/amelia.