Steve McQueen’s 1970 Porsche 911S Le Mans Fetch $1.375 Million

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. Steve McQueen’s 1970 Porsche 911S Le Mans 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.
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First Villa d’Este Auction this Saturday Live

Villa d'Este This Saturday (May 21) the inaugural auction at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este will present one of the most stunning collections of motor cars ever to be assembled for auction. Many of the world’s most collectable marque’s are featured in the hand-selected line-up that is comprised of 32 of the world’s finest sports, racing and coachbuilt motor cars. In keeping with the theme of the prestigious concorso, the offering focuses on motoring luxury, style and performance. Ten examples are expected to garner over €1 million ($1.4 million), while other examples are notable for being fresh to the market, including six unique and historically significant Bertone design statements from the official collection of Bertone S.p.A. Overall, the sale is set to be one of the most exciting offerings ever assembled by RM Auctions, with each lot highly prized and regarded in its own right. This is surely one to watch, and a live feed of the event will be streamed here.

1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Experimental at Inaugural Salon Prive Auction

1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Experimental 1926 Rolls Royce Experimental Phantom 1 Continental, ‘10 EX’ RM Auctions will hold its Quintessentially English auction at the Salon Prive Concours d’Elegance on Thursday, 23rd June, 2011. Held at the Syon Park estate in West London, the Inaugural Salon Prive auction will see a host of great British marques cross the sale block, including Aston Martin, Jaguar and Rolls-Royce among others. We have pulled together a collection of very interesting and significant collector cars and motorcycles which represent some of the finest vehicles produced in England during the pre- and post-war periods, said RM Europe MD Max Girardo. This new annual sale is wonderful ‘boutique’ style auction, which both complements the nature of Salon Privé and sits very comfortably alongside our broader Automobiles of London event at Battersea in October. It is not to be missed by anyone wanting to secure a genuine piece of English automotive history.

Outstanding Results from Amelia Island Auction

Amelia Island Auction 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 Mans Set for RM’s Monterey Auction

Steve McQueen's 1970 Porsche 911S Le Mans Steve McQueen’s 1970 Porsche 911S Le Mans RM 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.

2011 Desert Classic Concours d’Elegance to Celebrate Indy 500’s 100th Anniversary

Bill Evans' 1913 Isotta Fraschini IM Bill Evans’ 1913 Isotta Fraschini IM (PRWEB – La Quinta, CA, February 16, 2011) – An annual celebration of beauty, art, design and engineering, this 3-day premier motorsports event culminates with the prestigious Desert Classic Concours d’Elegance. In addition to more than 200 classic cars, featuring the finest examples of automotive excellence, visitors will enjoy fine food, beverages and music while viewing rarely seen automobiles, many from private collections and museums. Thousands of classic and vintage car enthusiasts will be heading to The Desert Classic Concours d’Elegance in La Quinta, CA, just outside Palm Springs, on Sunday, February 27th. Hailed as one of the Top Ten Classic Car Shows in the World, the 4th Annual Concours d’Elegance & Vintage Car Auction will be highlighting 100 Years of Indy Cars,marking the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500.