Having been driven by Steve McQueen can skyrocket the value of a car, as evidenced by some cars that have been sold at record prices after being owned by the famous actor.
The name of the fictional spy James Bond is not the only one building bridges between cinema and cars to the point that the value of certain collector cars is rising. Actor and driver Steve McQueen is equally legendary to movie lovers and car enthusiasts. The Hagerty insurance company, which specializes in exceptional vehicles and continuously analyzes the market, lists cars belonging to King of Cool that changed hands at the auction for the highest amounts.
The most expensive Porsche was driven by Steve McQueen
At the Gooding & Co. sale at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2017, the 917K with chassis number 917-024 became the most expensive Porsche in history, selling for $ 14.08 million, which would amount to around 12.33 million euros today . This copy was used by the manufacturer for testing at Le Mans before being used in 1971 as a camera car and visible on screen in the cult film Le Mans with Steve McQueen.
Only one other ex-McQueen car has claimed more than $ 10 million. The Ferrari 275 GTB / 4 from Scaglietti in 1967 is one of the most popular GTs from the Maranello manufacturer, and a copy belonging to the actor cost $ 10,175,000 in 2014, or around 8,898,000 euros today.
Bullitt, the most iconic Mustang
With Le Mans, the second film with Steve McQueen in which the car is king is obvious Bullitt. One of the two 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390s used for the feature film footage released the following year, the only one still running, changed hands for $ 3.74 million in 2020, or about $ 3.42 million current euro. It must be said that this car was kept secret for decades by its previous owners, from whom McQueen himself had tried to buy it back, in vain.
The 1963 250 GT Lusso is also, like the 275 mentioned above, one of the most coveted Ferraris in the eyes of collectors. The one that Steve McQueen owned for ten year went for 2.3 million dollars in 2011, which would amount to just over 1.95 million euros today.
Bespoke Porsche 911s
In 1976, Steve McQueen took possession of a unique Porsche 911 Turbo type 930. This was one of the first examples, without intercooler, and purchased as part of a special order, the car had a unique color, a sunroof and a sliding differential limited among other exclusive facilities. Afterwards, the actor gave it a few modifications such as wider tires and a switch in the dashboard to only turn off the taillights, for the nights he was chased in the heights of Hollywood. The German was sold in 2015 for 1.95 million dollars, about 1.90 million euros today.
Another Porsche ordered in a very advanced configuration by Steve McQueen, 1970 911 S he received on the set of Le Mans, first car to appear in the filmwas sold for 1,375,000 dollars in 2011, ie almost 1,169,000 euros today.
McQueen, lover of sports lumps
Steve McQueen also owned more unusual or unknown cars, which, however, did not fail to panic at the counters during certain auctions. He was especially the owner of a very rare 1953 Siata 208S Spyder, small Italian roadster with V8 engine exchanged for $ 946,000 in 2011, or about 804,000 euros today.
McQueen the American
Meyers-Manx buggy with V8 engine that McQueen drives like Thomas Crownin the movie The Thomas Crown case, back for its part to $ 456,000 by 2020, or about 378,000 current euros. Another buggy, the homemade Baja Boot 1 designed by General Motors engineers, at the wheel of which Steve McQueen’s official stuntman named Bud Ekins won the Baja 500 in 1969 after the vehicle was acquired by a McQueen company, asked for his $ 199,500 in 2008, or around € 170,000 today.
At the bottom of this rankings is another typical American car, namely the Hudson Hornet from 1953, which Steve McQueen owned in his last three years before his death in 1980. The sedan was sold for $ 165,000 in 2019, which equates to approx. € 150,700 today. But it may soon be thrown out of this “top 10” by a 1970 Chevrolet K5 Blazer owned by Steve McQueen, which will go on sale in a few days by Mecum Auctions in the US, and is estimated at between € 350,000 and € $ 375,000 (approximately € 330,000 to € 355,000).