Custom Porsche 911 to raise funds for Boys Republic at Mecum Auctions
A unique, custom-built Porsche 911 is set to roar across the auction block at Mecum this month, with all proceeds benefitting Boys Republic.
Built by Bisi Ezerioha of Bisimoto Engineering, in collaboration with McKenna Porsche, the car is a 1980 Porsche 911 transformed to resemble the 911 produced from 1969-1973, when it was the favourite car of the King of Cool himself – Steve McQueen.
McQueen was renowned for his love of fast cars and motorcycles, with a particular passion for Porsches. In 1970, along with his co-driver Peter Revson, he piloted a Porsche 908/02 to victory in the three-litre class at the 12 Hours of Sebring – just a few months before he drove another to victory, this time on screen, in the all-time classic racing movie Le Mans.
The custom Porsche offered at Mecum is inspired by McQueen, finished in his favorite Porsche color of Slate Gray, and comes complete with a 3.6/316 HP air-cooled flat-6 engine, an F1-inspired exhaust system and Fuchs-inspired alloy wheels.
"This is a no expense spared bespoke Porsche inspired by the legendary pop culture icon that reflects his personality and penchant for straight line performance, cornering prowess and understated appearance," said a spokesperson for the auction house. "This is a serious car for a great cause."
The car is set to raise funds for a cause which was close to the actor's heart – Boys Republic, a non-profit treatment community for troubled youth.
At the age of fourteen, McQueen fought violently with his step-father after being caught stealing hub caps, and was remanded to the California Junior Boys Republic in Chino. He spent two years in the facility, during which time he became a reformed character, and regularly returned after he found fame as an actor to talk with the resident boys.
McQueen always credited Boys Republic with turning his life around, and he retained a lifelong association with the organization.
In recent years, vehicles which were once part of his large collection have been sold to benefit the charity, and the custom Porsche is expected to add to that list with an estimated value of $135,000 - $175,000.
The Mecum Monterey sale takes place at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa - Del Monte Golf Course on August 18-20.
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