The 1971 film Le Mans is arguably one of the best racing movies ever made, legendary for its realistic depiction of the racing of that era. The opening sequence, where Steve McQueen takes a somber pre-race drive around the city of Le Mans at dawn, cemented the Porsche 911 as one of cinema’s all-time classic cars.
Now, a 1971 Porsche 911T — one of a group of Porsche 911 cars used during the production of Le Mans — is being auctioned off next month. According to Christie’s, the car is expected to fetch between $285,955 and $400,337 when it goes on sale Nov. 4.
The Porsche has an interesting history of ownership: Once filming wrapped in December 1970, McQueen purchased the car from its original owner, two-time real life Le Mans winner, Swiss driver Jo “Seppi” Siffert. According to Christie’s, McQueen didn’t have the car in his possession for long. When McQueen had an affair with actress Elga Andersen, his production company allegedly promised Anderson the Porsche 911 — and McQueen made good on that promise. The car comes with a scan of the original document showing the change of ownership from Siffert to Andersen.
H/T Road & Track