‘KING OF COOL’S’ VERY LAST PORSCHE HEADS TO AUCTION
Steve McQueen’s 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera will go to the highest bidder next month at the Mecum Auction in Monterey. The matching numbers four-speed came equipped with the rare early production non-intercooled 3.0 liter engine that delivers between 245 hp and 260 hp.
“This car is rich in history,” says McQueen’s son Chad. “This is the last of the McQueen cars, really. That’s known. That’s real.”
McQueen specified that the car be delivered with sunroof, dual mirrors, limited-slip differential and black sport seats, and the original paint tag showing McQueen’s special-order paint code 615-9-2 (Slate Gray) is still riveted to the door jamb. But as fine as the car was when delivered, McQueen had even more in mind for it.
“My dad had little things done to it,” Chad says. “Like on the dashboard, he had a switch put on so it would kill the rear lights in case he was being chased on Mulholland Drive.”
McQueen also switched out the wheels after taking possession, notes the Porsche’s current owner, car collector and restorer Mike Regalia. “Later he put the 8s and 9s on it. It came with 7s and 8s, which were the standard wheels he ordered. Then he put 8s and 9s on it; but you know, all of those are personal touches that Steve had done—and he didn’t do many to it—Porsche 930 Turbo Carreras were pretty out-of-the-box balls-out cars.”
Proceeds from the sale will benefit McQueen’s alma mater, the Boys Republic.
FORD LAUNCHES ONE-OF-A-KIND APOLLO MUSTANG
Get ready for takeoff. Ford’s built a special one-off edition Apollo Mustang inspired by the Apollo missions. This one-of-a-kind pony car is being donated and sold at a charity auction next week to raise money for the Experimental Aircraft Association, EAA, that supports youth aviation education programs.
“The Apollo program delivered astonishing innovations in technology and achieved a national goal of landing the first human on the moon. The entire program was extraordinary – one of our nation’s greatest technological achievements. With this year’s stunning Apollo Edition Mustang, we salute that spirit of American ingenuity with the quintessential American automobile – Ford Mustang,” says Edsel B. Ford II, a member of the Ford Board of directors.
This special Mustang marks the eighth year that Ford has donated a one-of-a-kind aviation-inspired Mustang for the Gathering of Eagles charity gala at the AirVenture Oshkosh event located in the Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
The event attracts over 1,000 people and benefits the EAA including its Young Eagles program that has provided free introductory flights to over 1.9 million youths since beginning in 1992. So far, the special Mustangs have raised over $3 million for the programs that inspire youth in engineering, aviation, astronautics, science, and inventing.