A 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 delivered new to Steve McQueen goes under the hammer at RM‘s flagship Monterey sale, which returns to California from August 15 to 16. Sporting a distinctive shade of metallic gold called Nocciola, the vehicle on offer, chassis 10621, was special ordered by Hollywood Sport Cars for Steve McQueen in 1967, while he was filming The Thomas Crown Affair. Delivered to “King of Cool”while he was on the set of “Bullitt” and recently restored by Ferrari Classiche in Maranello, the upcoming auction represents the first time the vehicle has been offered for public sale.
McQueen, known for lightly customizing his cars, sent the car to be repainted Chianti Red prior to taking possession. He also requested that 10621 be fitted with the Borrani wire wheels from his beloved 275 GTB N.A.R.T. Spider, which was a victim of an unfortunate earlier crash, as well as equipped with a custom-designed driver’s side rear view mirror, a retractable radio antenna, and custom seat trim. Once complete, McQueen took delivery of the car while on the set of his legendary 1968 crime-drama Bullitt. It remained the only Ferrari in his renowned stable of sports cars for almost five years, before passing onto fellow actor Guy Williams, of Zorro and Lost in Space fame, in 1971.
Since leaving the actor’s possession, the car has passed through a number of respected Ferrari collectors. It’s current owner bought the car in 2010 and had a full restoration done and returned the car to McQueen’s original specifications. In 2013, it was on display at the Museo Ferrari as part of a display commemorating Ferraris associated with Hollywood.
Additional notable highlights include a one-owner 2006 Ferrari FXX Evoluzione, which has been fastidiously maintained by the factory and frequently used in Corse Clienti events (Estimate: $1,700,000–$2,100,000) and a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT N.A.R.T Spider, which was rebodied by Fantuzzi in 1966 and displayed at the New York, San Francisco, and Miami International Auto Shows that year; and more recently, it was a class winner at this year’s Palm Beach Cavallino Classic (Estimate: $1,200,000–$1,600,000).