Thirty years after his death, Steve McQueen’s name still reverberates within the auto industry. The man known as the “King of Cool” was not only one of his generation’s biggest movie stars, but also made a name for himself for his love of cars, racing, and a combination of the two.

Speaking of cars, McQueen owned a pretty amazing collection of cars back in the day, one of which is this 1970 Porsche 911 that’s headed for the auction block at RM Auctions in Monterey, California this coming August.

According to RM, the car, all 40 years old of it, still "remains in exceptionally original condition". While some people will be skeptical of buying an old Porsche that undoubtedly has had its fair share of work done to it, those who prefer to see the glass as half-full will point out that this particular 911 still stands as one of the most iconic 911 models in history.

Even if it’s gone through a number of owners after the original, you still can’t deny that this particular model’s first owner is no other than the "King of Cool" himself, Steve McQueen.

UPDATE 08/22/2011: Steve McQueen’s slate gray Porsche 911S ended up selling for a lavish $1,375,000 at RM Auctions this past weekend.

Details on Steve McQueen’s Porsche 911 after the jump.

  • 1970 Porsche 911S owned by Steve McQueen
  • Year:
    1970
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    123
  • Torque @ RPM:
    130
  • Displacement:
    2200 L
  • 0-60 time:
    10 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    124 mph
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Exterior and Interior

1970 Porsche 911S owned by Steve McQueen Interior
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Over the years, Steve McQueen’s Porsche 911 S has undergone a few restorations - and a few owners - but to this day, it still remains in good condition and the overall look pretty much hasn’t changed since it was first bought in 70’s. A number of the items that are still present in the car today include the air conditioning, the Blaupunkt AM/FM radio, the leather upholstery, the tinted windows, electric sunroof, the aluminum wheel trim rings, and those unmistakable Porsche headlights.

Performance

1970 Porsche 911S owned by Steve McQueen Drivetrain
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The 1970 Porsche 911 came with a 2.2-liter engine that produced an output of 123 brake horsepower and 130 lb/ft of torque mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. These numbers translate to a 0-62 mph (0-100 kmh) of 10 seconds and a top speed of 124 mph, which for a car that was built in 1970, was a rocket on wheels.

Pricing

1970 Porsche 911S owned by Steve McQueen Exterior
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As an auction piece, the price for this car can vary from five digits all the way up to seven digits depending on how much a bidder would pay to go home with the car. As one of the most memorable Porsche 911s in history, this car is probably one of the few iconic Porsches to still be hitting the streets these days. If you’re willing to bid on it, prepare to shell out some pretty serious dough. And just as a reference, back in 2007, another one of Steve McQueen’s former rides, a 1963 Ferrari 250, sold for $2.3 million. Yikes.

What’s So Significant About This Car?

1970 Porsche 911S owned by Steve McQueen Exterior
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Most of today’s young generation probably has no idea who Steve McQueen was. And to be fair, up until a few years ago, I had no clue who he was too. But even if we’re not from his generation, we always hear stories about his movies and how he became the highest-paid movie star of his time. But more than his accomplishments, McQueen was also an avid racer and his love for cars translated to one of the most amazing collections of that time, including, might we add, this 1970 Porsche 911.

And just to give interested buyers even more reason to bid on this car, we invite you to check out the first couple of minutes of the movie "Le Mans", starring McQueen himself. That Porsche 911 he’s driving is the very same one that’s headed to RM Auctions.

What do you think?
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20 comments:

  (1) posted on 04.17.2015

That 2.2 L 911 S made 180 hp. 0 to 60 anywhere between 5.8 and 6.5 seconds I believe. I think the output quoted was for the base model 911t but it even seems pretty low for that. I think the first 1965 911 made 130 hp. This 1970 is a beautiful car, but it seems like quite a premium, for sure. Definitely understated the output of this car. The 2 L 911 S Was 160 or is power and the 2.4 L was 190 hp.

  (1) posted on 03.14.2012

Seeing some of the posts on here hurts me in the crankcase. How do you read a car based website and NOT know who Steve McQueen is. Le Mans should be required viewed for entry into the automotive enthusiast life. Next thing you know someone will say they don’t know who Paul Newman is.... shame.

  (798) posted on 01.4.2012

In fairness, the car was sold at $1,375,000! It really worth that price. This vintage car is considered as one of our priceless possession to have.

  (728) posted on 12.27.2011

Porsche 911S looks outdated on its platform and style and I really wonder if it is an electric vehicle? Well, that thought only comes on my mind because on its weak output.

  (419) posted on 10.21.2011

This Porsche is a 40-year old car?? being classy is not enough, old maybe but astonishing the way they said that still it is on good condition. McQueen really took good care of his collections.

  (337) posted on 09.27.2011

Very classy old car, pretty good for collection and one of the valued car as it being preserved, still look very alive.

  (677) posted on 09.26.2011

My dad have similar old car to this, he also tried to revived it, but the engines failed. Now seeing this old car gives me new idea and interest on how to give life and run it again.

  (459) posted on 09.1.2011

I think this is old car but the engine is great. This kind of car is antique.

  (384) posted on 08.24.2011

I’m not familiar with Steve Mcquin. Is anyone here can tell who he is? By the way, is it really the older version of Porsche 911? Well, based on the headlights, it is pretty obvious that it came from Porsche.

  (397) posted on 08.24.2011

Yeah, I was impressed with the speed performance of the vehicle. I bet with the styling of the vehicle I would say that I’m really impressed with the figure performance of the vehicle.

  (383) posted on 08.24.2011

The speed performance of the car is very impressive. The 911 is quite a high speed performing vehicle.

  (504) posted on 04.14.2011

Yeah, I get your point. This car would be iconic and believe it or not, the contemporary look of their car was based on this vintage car.

  (474) posted on 04.14.2011

I would say that this car is a typical type of a vintage car. It’s less powerful and very low speed. However, Please give my respect to this car, vintage car should be treated like a king of the road.

  (31) posted on 03.25.2011

The classic model and the iconic figure associated with it, makes it a deadly combination. Worth taking a picture of it even if we cant afford this priceless piece.

  (570) posted on 03.24.2011

If you look at it, the specs on this one are rather very archaic when compared to today’s models. But since this is McQueen’s car, that can be forgiven.

  (402) posted on 03.23.2011

So they are actually putting this one up for auction? Well, I expect that this one will be fetching a high price, considering who the owner of this baby is.

  (559) posted on 03.22.2011

I would really like the chance to just even be photographed beside this baby. This is Steve McQueen’s Porsche after all, so the picture will definitely be priceless.

  (399) posted on 03.22.2011

Wow, so this is one of the original cars that McQueen owned/ good thing that they were able to preserve this car well enough that it actually still runs.

  (858) posted on 03.21.2011

Wow, a Steve McQueen Porsche, this one is certainly one of a kind. Good thing that they display this every once in a while. Now if they would only sell this.

  (579) posted on 03.21.2011

Nice looking card. This one of the vintage Porsche models that I really love, I especially like how the body of this one blends in wells with the rest of the car.

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