THE last sports car owned by Steve McQueen will go under the hammer later this summer, and experts predict it will smash all records for a car of its type.
The slate-green-grey 930 Porsche Turbo Carrera was bought by the Hollywood star and amateur racing driver in 1976. At the time it was the fastest car Porsche had made, with a top speed of 153mph and a 0-60mph time of 5.2 seconds. It was powered by an early non-intercooled 3-litre engine.
McQueen made some additional modifications. As well as the colour, which made it near invisible at dusk, he requested a kill switch on the dashboard that extinguishes the rear lights – thought to have been designed to help him elude chasing police.
The car is being sold by Mecum Auctions in California, acting for an unnamed owner. The last known owner was Mike Regalia, an American collector and restorer. When the Sunday Times tracked him down five years ago he revealed he had paid $137,500 for Porsche and had no intention of selling it.
Mecum Auctions said it expects the car to fetch more than $1m (without McQueen’s stardust its value is about $80,000) and that some of the proceeds will go to Boys Republic, a non-profit youth centre for troubled teenagers in Chino Hills, California. McQueen, who sold the Porsche in 1978 two years before his death, attended the centre in 1946 and later credited it with turning his life around.