To date, RM Auctions has auctioned off 199 vehicles priced over $1 million. And here’s number 200. The iconic 1970 Porsche 911s formerly owned by the Steve McQueen and featured in his epic movie Le Mans spurs a lively bidding war in the room and on the phone, selling for a record $1.25 million hammer price.
McQueen played a bad-ass, car-racing man’s man in the movies. In real life, he was a bad-ass, car-racing man’s man. That’s why having his stamp of approval on a real-world vehicle can bump its value so dramatically. The 911, seen in the opening scenes of the racing epic, LeMans, was King of Cool’s personal car throughout the filming and has racked up a total of 112,000 miles over the last 41 years. We don’t know who the final bidder was, but we do know she’s women from the States, and she had to bidding to $1.375 million (price is with buyers premium) from a modest starting price of $200,000.
Amelia Island Auction
The 2011 Amelia Island sale, held last Saturday, March 12, was a record-breaking success, posting a remarkable $24.3 million in total sales, the highest tally achieved in the event’s 13-year history. In total, the single-day sale presented some 103 lots, including a selection of vintage motorcycles, before a packed house, with a strong 96% of all lots sold at its Amelia Island sale to claim the top results of the weekend.
Top sales honors of the weekend went to a rare 1952 Ferrari 340 Mexico Vignale Coupé, chassis number 0224 AT, offered from the private collection of Larry Nicklin. One of just three built and boasting a superlative racing pedigree, the hugely valuable competition coupé sparked a spirited bidding war in the room and on the phones, exceeding its pre-sale estimate to sell for an extraordinary $4,290,000. Also offered from the Nicklin Collection and exceeding its pre-sale estimate was a highly original 1953 Ferrari 212 Inter Vignale Coupé, chassis number 0267 EU, which realized $660,000. Both examples were offered for the first time in 30 years. Building on RM’s reputation as the specialists for private and estate collections, the distinguished collection of Jack and Marilyn Tallman, also garnered significant interest. Headlined by a handsome 1930 Cadillac Sixteen Roadster for $506,000, the collection generated over $2.3 million in total sales. Beyond the top-seller’s list, other notable highlights well-exceeding their pre-sale estimates included: a 1986 Ford RS200 Evolution, one of only 24 Evolutions built, for $159,500; and an exceptional, early 1964 Porsche 911 for $225,500.
Steve McQueen’s 1970 Porsche 911S Le MansRM Auctions announced that McQueen’s 1970 Porsche 911S, the car used in the opener to his cult classic racing film Le Mans, will be auctioned this August at its Monterey Auction. Built to the highest 1970 specification, complete with air conditioning and a full complement of factory options, the slate grey 911S stars in the film’s legendary opening sequence as McQueen’s character, hotshot Porsche driver Michael Delaney, drives through the French countryside reflecting on life, death, and racing.
The high-tilt 911S was purchased by McQueen’s Solar Productions firm, but was used by the star as personal transportation during the movie’s filming in France. The 911 ended up being more than just a means of mobility, however, not only was it used in a nice cameo at the dawn of the film, but McQueen himself opted to bring the car back to California after filming was complete.
This Saturday, March 12th, RM Auctions will stage the Amelia Island auction, in association with the renowned Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, on the beautiful grounds of the ocean-side Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island, Florida.
Led by a pair of remarkable Vignale-bodied Ferraris offered for the first time in more than three decades, a 1953 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe and a 1952 Ferrari 340 Mexico Coupe, the sale will also offer six other examples from the Modenese marque, reinforcing RM’s reputation as the global leader in the presentation of historic and important Ferraris at auction. In addition to the Ferraris, additional auction highlights include the following cars: