1970 Porsche 911S



2015-06-26 11:11:51

The 1970 Porsche 911S is a classic car most famously driven by actor Steve McQueen in the film Le Mans. 

The 911S (Super)

The 911S (Super) first appeared in Porsche’s line-up in 1967. It had the same engine displacement as the regular 911, except its output was 160 hp instead of 130 hp. Top speed was up to 40mph.

The 911S used a Weber carburetor instead of the Solex of the regular 911. Its compression ratio was 9:8:1. In 1969, the 911S was modified with mechanical fuel injection and had its power further upped to 170 hp.

The 911S was offered from 1967 to 1977.

1970 models

The 1970 911Ss received the first major change. Their engine size was increased by 10% to hold 2.2 litres of volume (2,195cc). The power was upped again to 180hp at 6,500 rpm.

Its bore was increased by 4mm to achieve this new displacement.

Steve McQueen

Hollywood actor Steve McQueen is among the most noted drivers of the 1970 Porsche 911S.

In spring 1970, Steve McQueen's Solar Productions headed to Le Mans to start work on the film, Le Mans. To make his stay in France even more agreeable, McQueen bought a Porsche 911S that he would use both in the movie and as personal transport.

McQueen was so happy with his 911 that at the end of filming he decided to keep the car. Porsche transported it to Germany, where the transmission was modified. The 911 was then shipped to McQueen's home in California, United States.

‘Missing’ Porsche

Steve McQueen's 1970 Porsche 911S was considered missing since it left La Sarthe in 1970 when the filming completed for Le Mans.

Re-emergence on the markets

In March 2011, it was reported that the iconic 1970 Porsche 911S owned by Steve McQueen and featured in Le Mans would be sold by RM Auctions on 18-20 August 2011 at its Monterey sale.

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