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Lucky Collector Corrals Steve McQueen's Porsche

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On: Fri, Aug 21, 2015 at 11:43AM | By: Gary P Garry

Lucky Collector Corrals Steve McQueen's Porsche

I'm a fan of old things of all kinds, because they carry history with them. Of course, I love classic cars, and I write about them often on this blog.

The cars themselves tell tales about the engineering capabilities of their respective eras, and that is part of the allure. At the same time, they also provide a view of the stylistic sensibilities that permeated other aspects of the culture.

In the movies, cars were often a big part of the equation, with hip leading men driving cool cars that made them even cooler. Along these lines, James Bond would immediately come to mind, but there were many other movie characters who were defined by their automotive tastes.

Of course, car chases are also a big part of the equation when you talk about the connection between automobiles and the motion picture industry. There was a very memorable chase featured in the Academy Award-winning movieThe French Connectionthat starred Gene Hackman. In that 1971 film, Hackman's character, Popeye Doyle, in a new Pontiac LeMans,gave chase to a nefarious type.

That one was classic, but many people would say that the best automobile chase scene ever was in the movieBullitt. That film was released on October 17, 1968, and it still lives on in the minds of middle-aged movie-minded motorheads.

One of the reasons the chase scene is so memorable is because it featured two of the most sought-after muscle cars of that era. The legendary Steve McQueen played a cop named Frank Bullitt, and he was behind the wheel of a 1968 Ford Mustang GT fastback. The car he was chasing was a 1968 Dodge Charger R/T.

Ultimately, as you might imagine, the good guy won when the Mustang pushed the Charger into a gas station for incineration purposes, and the thing went up in smoke.

Steve McQueen, who passed away in 1980, had a passion for high-performance vehicles outside of the acting arena. Four years before his death, he put in a special order for a 911 Porsche Turbo Carrera, a car that is alternately referred to as a Porsche 930. The car was recently put on the auction block, and it found a buyer.

I can't imagine a more fitting purchase for a rich guy from theBullittera who loves cars, and some lucky collector scored big. The Steve McQueen 1976 Porsche 930 sold at the Mecum Monterey auction for a cool $1.95 million.


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