Steve McQueen’s Porsche 930
Monterey Car Week has many events to take some great classic or exotic machines. It has also become a huge time for automotive sales as multiple high profile auctions happen during the week.
One of these is Mecum Auctions and they had some very interesting cars for sale this year. These include the Porsche 930 once owned and customized by Steve McQueen and the white Ferrari Testarossa from Miami Vice.
The Miami Vice Ferrari reached a bid of $600,000, but it did not meet its reserve, so it was not sold. Chances are you’ll see this one at a future date, but the owner is probably hoping for a price tag of around $800,000-$1,000,000.
For the Steve McQueen Porsche 930 things were quite a bit different. The turbocharged 911 went for a staggering $1,950,000. Obviously, that price is quite a bit higher than a normal 930 would fetch. But then this car was special ordered by Mr. McQueen and even had special touches that he later added, such as a switch that turns off the rear lights incase of a high speed chase.
The top selling car for Mecum over the week was a 1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 S that sold for two million three hundred thousand dollars. For that Italian classic such a price isn’t a surprise, but seeing a muscle car go for the second highest price may have caught some off guard.
The car was a rare 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible that was the executive demonstrator of the car’s designer, John Herlitz. It was also a gift to Mr. Herlitz for his hard work. The American performance vehicle sold for $2,250,000.
Other interesting cars were a 2005 Maserati MC12 that went for $1,575,000, a 1989 Ferrari F40 that sold for $1,150,000 and a 1963 Shelby 289 Cobra Roadster that saw the hammer fall at $1,000,000.
Of interest there were also a pair of low mileage Porsche Carrera GTs that finished in the top ten in sales. One that only had 252 original miles went for $1,000,000 and the other had a ton of miles (well 1,481 but in comparison) and sold for $775,000.
While these are extremely low mileage examples it may mean that the Carrera GT market is about to skyrocket. If that is the case and you have the means, you just might want to grab one now before they cost well over $1,000,000.