Car enthusiasts who hope a little bit of Steve McQueen’s charisma can rub off on them will have a chance to bid on the late actor’s last personalized Porsche.
The King of Cool’s 1976 special-order Porsche Turbo 930 is set to go up for auction in Monterey, California later this summer, leaving the hands of current owner Mike Regalia.
“It was not something I had planned at the time, but it sort of fell in my lap,” Regalia says of buying the Turbo.
Regalia, who purchased the car at a California auction back in 2008, says he got the vehicle for a bargain. At the time, the 930 Turbos were “tremendously undervalued cars”, he says.
“I felt that everybody was asleep because it was Steve’s last Porsche,” says Regalia. “Not only his last Porsche, this is the last of Steve’s cars.” His personalized license plate reads MCQN930.
Regalia says the personalized car was a hit during the ‘70s and ‘80s, equipped with a non-intercooled 3-liter engine with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, producing 234- horsepower. McQueen’s affinity for the fast lane was seen in the extra add-ons, including the slick black sports seats and a custom switch on the dashboard to kill the rear lights of the car.
“Back in those days, that was really the first production built supercar, and it really made a big splash at the time,” Regalia says.
The car has traded Hollywood hands for years, including film director and producer Floyd Mutrux and actor Dean Paul Martin. Regalia says he hasn’t done much to alter the car since acquiring it, other than minor surface and detail alterations to clean up the car.
The Turbo 930 will be up for sale at the Mecum Daytime Auction in Monterey, Calif. on August 13 through August 15. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit McQueen’s alma mater, The Boy Republic, a reform school in Chino, Calif.