1976 Porsche 930, originally ordered by Steve McQueen. Photos by David Newhardt, courtesy Mecum Auctions, unless otherwise noted.
Steve McQueen had a passion for fast cars and a love of Porsche automobiles, so when the German automaker announced a range-topping 911 Turbo Carrera model (internal name, Porsche 930), the star wasted little time in placing his order. Described as the last automobile special-ordered by McQueen before his 1980 death, the Slate Gray 1976 Porsche 930 crossed the block in Monterey last Saturday, selling for $1.95 million with part of the proceeds going to charity.
The 1976 Porsche 911 Turbo Carrera came standard with a 3.0-liter, horizontally opposed and air-cooled six-cylinder engine, rated at 234 horsepower in U.S. trim. While normally aspirated 911 models could be ordered with a five-speed manual transmission, early 930s came only with four-speed manual transmissions. Performance was spectacular for the day, with the run from 0-60 MPH taking less than 5.5 seconds, on the way to a top speed of 155 MPH.
McQueen’s car, chassis 9306800408, was ordered with a sunroof, dual mirrors, black sport seats and a limited slip differential. Upon delivery, its stock wheels (seven-inches wide in front, eight-inches wide in rear) were swapped for one-inch wider versions in all corners, and a manual switch was added to deactivate the rear lights in case the car’s under-the-radar hue wasn’t enough to escape detection.
Steve McQueen apparently wasn’t the only family member enamored with the car. Chad McQueen recalls being caught behind the wheel, at age 15, practicing turns in the neighborhood. As Chad explained, locking eyes with his dad prompted him to come off the throttle mid-corner, which gave him a new understanding of the phrase lift-throttle-oversteer. Fortunately, neither Chad nor the car suffered any damage.
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McQueen reportedly kept the car for a few years before selling it back to the dealership, after which time it passed through a string of owners in Southern California, including Dean Paul Martin, son of entertainer Dean Martin. Restored in 1995 by a later owner, the car sold to the consignor at the 2008 Gooding & Company Pebble Beach auction for a fee-inclusive price of $137,500, a sum that seems like a bargain in today’s market. A portion of the proceeds from Saturday’s $1.95 million sale will go to benefit The Boy’s Republic, a reform school attended by McQueen in his teenage years.
1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda convertible. Photo by Dan Duckworth, courtesy Mecum Auctions.
Other lots in the top-10 at Mecum’s Monterey sale included a 1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 S, which sold for $2,300,000; a 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda convertible, which sold for $2,250,000; a 2005 Maserati MC12, which sold for $1,575,000; a 1989 Ferrari F40, which sold for $1,150,000; a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, which sold for $1,000,000; a 1963 Shelby 289 Cobra roadster, which sold for $1,000,000; a 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra roadster, which sold for $950,000 ; a 1967 Toyota 2000GT, which sold for $925,000; and a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, which sold for $775,000.
1971 Pontiac LeMans Sport. Photo courtesy Mecum Auctions.
Despite the infamously expensive location, those with $10,000 or less in their pockets didn’t go home empty handed. A 1963 Sunbeam Alpine convertible sold for $7,000; a 1965 Chevrolet Impala station wagon sold for $7,000; a 1972 Mercedes-Benz 250C sold for $7,000; a 1968 Ford Galaxie convertible sold for $8,000; a 1971 Pontiac Lemans Sport sold for $8,000; a 1985 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z sold for $8,500; a 1985 Buick Grand National sold for $9,000; a 1969 Chevrolet C10 pickup sold for $9,250; and a 1964 MG B Roadster sold for $10,000.
For complete results from the Monterey sale, visit Mecum.com.