Last Porsche owned by Steve McQueen up for sale at Mecum

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2015-07-15 15:44:32

The forthcoming Mecum Monterey sale will include the last car ever ordered by the King of Cool, Steve McQueen.

The actor was well-known for his love of fast cars and motorcycles, and he owned a number of Porsches throughout his lifetime. This example, a Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera, was a custom-order built to McQueen's own specifications in 1976 - the last car he ever ordered before his death in 1980.

“This car is rich in history,” says McQueen’s son Chad. “This is the last of the McQueen cars, really. That’s known. That’s real.”
McQueen ordered the car new from Bob Smith Porsche in Hollywood, with specifications which included a Slate Gray paint job, a sunroof, dual mirrors, limited-slip differential and black sport seats.

Featuring a rare early production non-intercooled 3.0 liter engine with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, the car more than lived up to the actor's "insatiable and notorious need for speed".

McQueen also had a few extra modifications made, including one which would help him out of tight spots when caught speeding by the police.

“My dad had little things done to it, like on the dashboard, he had a switch put on so it would kill the rear lights in case he was being chased on Mulholland Drive,” said Chad.

A portion of the sale's proceeds will be donated to Boys Republic, a California reform school which provides help and education to troubled youths. McQueen himself was sent to live at the school as a teenager, and he retained close links to the institution throughout his life.

The Mecum Monterey Daytime Auction takes place at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa – Del Monte Golf Course on August 13-15.

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