RM Auctions: Famed Steve McQueen ‘Le Mans’ Porsche 911S Set For RM’s Monterey Auction Podium
· RM Auctions consigns the “King of Cool’s” 1970 Porsche 911S to its annual Monterey sale, August 19-20, 2011 in California
· The Porsche, as driven by Steve McQueen, stars in the legendary opening sequence of the epic film “Le Mans”
· Car to be displayed at this weekend’s celebrated Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and RM Amelia Island sale in Northeast Florida
AMELIA ISLAND, Florida – Calling all Steve McQueen fans! RM Auctions, the world’s largest collector car auction house, will lift the gavel on the iconic 1970 Porsche 911S formerly owned by the “King of Cool” Steve McQueen and featured in his epic Hollywood film Le Mans, when its highly-anticipated Monterey sale returns to California, August 18 – 20, 2011.
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.
In addition to its starring role in the film, the Porsche 911S was used as McQueen’s personal transport during the movie’s production, later joining his own stable of extraordinary motor cars in California – a collection that over the years included everything from a Jaguar XK-SS, multiple Ferraris, Porsches, airplanes, motorcycles and everything in between.
Today, the 911S is presented in exceptionally original condition, and is offered from the collection of one of America’s foremost Porsche aficionados. In advance of its auction in August, it will be displayed at this weekend’s world-renowned Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and RM Amelia Island sale, March 10 – 13 in Northeast Florida.
“There is no more iconic racing film than “Le Mans” and no more charismatic owner of many of the world’s great sports cars than Steve McQueen,” says Rob Myers, Chairman and Founder, RM Auctions.
“We are delighted to have been selected to present this iconic car at our upcoming Monterey sale. Combining a well-documented history with an exciting celebrity and screen provenance, it will make for a valuable addition to any notable car collection.”
Returning to the Monterey Peninsula, August 19 – 20, 2011, RM’s Monterey sale was the first and original auction held during the now famous Monterey Classic Car Week. Over the past two decades, the event has carved a reputation for bringing together the world’s finest automobiles with its most discerning collectors. The 2011 event is set to continue the grand tradition, featuring approximately 175 investment-quality motor cars.
For further information on RM’s Monterey sale, please visit www.rmauctions.com, or call a RM Car Specialist at +1 519 352 4575 (North America) or +44 20 7851 7070 (Europe) to discuss limited consignment opportunities.
For further information on this weekend’s Amelia Island sale where the car will be displayed, please visit www.rmauctions.com/amelia.
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