Video: Why Steve McQueen Loved His 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4
Many consider the 275 to be one the greatest Ferraris of all time. With a V-12 motor and four-wheel independent suspension, it was a technological powerhouse of the 60s. It’s also an extremely rare car, with just 330 examples ever built. Plus, there’s the way it looks, which is just, well, look at it! And to make it even more special, the previous owner of this particular 275 was none other than Steve McQueen.
When it comes to Hollywood gearhead heroes, it’s hard to top the legendary “King of Cool." The actor is known for his roles in a handful of the best petrol-powered movies in the history of cinema, including Bullitt, Le Mans, and The Great Escape. If a film’s cast includes the name “McQueen," there’s a very good chance you’ll be treated to some epic old-school motoring and chase scenes.
Simply put, the man loved going fast. In addition to his acting career, McQueen was a serious racer, often piloting the stunt cars and motorcycles you see in his films, despite the misgivings of nervous studios. McQueen participated in several off-road and touring-car races, often placing quite well, if not winning outright. He even briefly considered a professional racing career, despite his obvious talent on the silver screen.
Any car owned by an individual with the kind of interests and skills that McQueen possessed is clearly going to be special. Check out this video to see for yourself. And, if you haven’t watched one of the movies listed above, you owe it to yourself as one of the motor-minded to do so as soon as the video is done. Trust me, you won’t regret it.