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1976 TURBO CARRERA WAS ONE OF THE LAST CARS THE LEGENDARY ACTOR BOUGHT NEW

We believe we've just seen an auction price record set for a stock Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera that'll hold for a long time, though it shouldn't have been a surprise to anyone. The Porsche 930 in question was owned by Steve McQueen, and over the weekend the car that belonged to the King of Cool brought $1.95 million at the Mecum Auctions sale in Monterey on Saturday.

Here's the story behind McQueen's 1976 Turbo Carrera.

Steve McQueen's Porsche 911 Turbo just sold for $1.95 million | Autoweek

The legendary actor was long known as a gearhead long before he purchased this 930 Turbo, chassis 9306800408, just four years before his death. The Slate Gray example came equipped with an early production non-intercooled 3.0 liter engine, equipped with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection. The car was special ordered though Bob Smith Porsche in Hollywood with features like dual mirrors, a sunroof, black sport seats and a limited-slip differential. Those were the factory options, but since this is Steve McQueen we're talking about a couple of modifications were added.

The $1.95 million sale price was a few hundred thousand north of what most auction analysts had predicted even given the price paid for an earlier McQueen 911. But of course it's hard to predict the value of McQueen's connection to the car, without which it would have likely sold for just over $100,000. The motivation on the part of the bidders here is understandable -- McQueen was more than just an actor, and there is likely no other person whose connection to a car would help propel the auction price through the stratosphere and into orbit as it did on Saturday.
 
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