Up For Sale! Ex-Steve McQueen Lemans 1970 Porsche 911S Coupe

19 Feb
Up For Sale! Ex-Steve McQueen Lemans 1970 Porsche 911S Coupe

Yes, that’s right.

The famous slate grey 1970 Porsche 911S Coupe from Le Mans movie has been consigned to RM Auctions for the Monterey Sports Car Auction in August 2011, owned and driven in the movie by Steve McQueen….stated the present owner Mercedes-Benz and Porsche collector of New Jersey, Frank Gallogly, on  Pelican Parts Forum.

He bought it two years ago from the car’s third owner, Jesse Rodrigues of Long Beach, Calif. Gallogly said he had not been looking for the car. “Cars find me,” he said, adding that a friend had told him that the car was available: “Frank, a famous Porsche is for sale.” He said he called Rodrigues and was quoted a price. “It was a lot of money,” he said, and he told Rodrigues he would get back to him. “Five minutes later, I called back and said, ‘I’m in,’ ” he said, adding that he accepted the price because he figured it was the only chance he would ever have of owning the car.

Gallogly declined to say how much he paid other than to say it was closer to seven than six figures. “MY MOTTO IS: I would rather over pay for a great car, than under pay for a bad car!”

What is your guess this car will auction for ?  more than six or seven figures? I am sure there will be some interested buyers for this McQueen Porsche. Maybe another collector like Jerry Seinfeld, or Jay Leno?…you may have to wait till August to find out.

If your interested in the car contact RM AUCTIONS however, the price for the car and the details on the auction have not been released yet by RM.


Previous owners and some history of Ex-Steve McQueen Porsches here.

Steve McQueen has one of the greatest lines about auto racing.

“A lot of people go through life doing things badly. ‘ “Racing’s important to men who do it well. When you’re racing,  it’s life. Anything that happens before or after, is just waiting.”

This is the iconic 911 that appears in the first few minutes of Le Mans, as McQueen’s character, Porsche racer Michael Delaney, drives it through the French countryside. It is a ’70 model, but very close to the ’69 that McQueen owned at the time.   Photo by Matt Stone.

This 1970 Porsche 911S Coupe was the car that Steve’s character Michael Delaney drives in the opening scenes of Le Mans. Solar Productions purchased the car for use in the film, and for Steve to drive while in Europe. The car was later shipped to America, and subsequently sold. The Porsche 911S is powered by a two-liter, air-cooled flat six that gives it brisk acceleration.

1969 Porsche 911S Coupe  In a scene from 'Le Mans'

In the spring of 1970, Steve McQueen resided in France for a short period while filming the movie ‘Le Mans’. While there he ordered himself a brand new Porsche 911S, for use both in the film and for personal countryside blasts. When the movie wrapped up he decided he wanted to keep the car, so he sent it off to Stuttgart for some more US-friendly gear ratios before having it shipped to his California home. However, he already had a ’69 911 that he’d spent a small fortune installing a bespoke stereo in – he was that kind of guy – so the new Porsche was surplus to requirements.

The car is still in its original spec today, featuring all of the options picked out by McQueen four decades ago: air-conditioning, leather seats, tinted windows, Fuchs alloys, driving lamps and US-band Blaupunkt stereo. It hardly needs saying that the man had taste.


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10 responses to “Up For Sale! Ex-Steve McQueen Lemans 1970 Porsche 911S Coupe

  1. Astara Porsche

    February 20, 2011 at 1:34 am

    Great car – great movie – great person!


    • George Georgiou

      April 11, 2011 at 1:03 am

      I own the 911s 2.4 1972 with side oil filler came from usa we belive it use to belong to the late Paul Newman this car has same head lamps as this one has air con, to it has had a chang in coler it use to be electric blue now black not many left totaly oregenal car ownd it for 26 years only 86,000 mils on clock


  2. Lee Raskin

    February 20, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Frank Galogy, the present owner of the ‘Du Mans’ 1970 911S, is a true Porschephile, who has owned some very famous historic Porsches over the past 30 years. I believe that Chad McQueen, Steve’s son, still owns his father’s 1969 Slate Grey 911S, a special ordered (November, 1968 build date) model with an aluminum rear lower muffler valance and electric power sun roof, and add-on AMCO front and rear bumper bars. See McQueen’s Machines –The Cars and Bikes of a Hollywood Icon, Matt Stone, 2007. Lee Raskin, Porsche and James Dean Historian/Author.


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