Steve McQueen’s 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Goes on the Auction Block
Late actor Steve McQueen was as well known for his love of all things automotive as he was for his counterculture Hollywood films. And now, you’ve got a chance to park one of the King of Cool’s coolest classic rides in your own garage. Purchased while the actor and racing enthusiast was filming 1968′ Bullitt, playing an all guts-no glory San Francisco cop becomes chasing the underworld kingpin that killed the witness in his protection, McQueen’s 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 will cross the block during the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, August 15-16 in Monterrey, California.
While he wasn’t on a movie set, McQueen often could be found on the track. He raced cars in the British Touring Car Championship, 12 Hours of Sebring and at Brands Hatch; and motorcycles in the Baja 1000, Mint 400 and Elsinore Grand Prix, among other events. He also loved to collect. At the time of his death in 1980, McQueen owned several classic racecars and more than 100 motorcycles. And in 1999, he was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame, credited with contributions including financing the film On Any Sunday, supporting a team of off-road riders and enhancing the public image of motorcycling overall.
But back to that gorgeous red Ferrari. After leaving McQueen’s garage, the car was owned by fellow actor Guy Williams, known for playing Don Diego de la Vega in TV’s Zorro, Will Cartwright in Bonanza, and Dr. John Robinson in the Sci-Fi series Lost in Space. It’s undergone a full restoration and is certified by Ferrari Classiche, the luxury carmaker’s restoration department. Interested in placing a bid? Bidder registration is $300. But if you’d just like to see this automotive beauty in person, you can attend the preview days for $40.
If you do attend the preview or auction, slated for the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, be sure to post your pics on the E3 Spark Plugs Facebook Fan Page. And in the meantime, here’s a YouTube clip of what just might be one of the most iconic movie car chases ever. You’re welcome, McQueen fans…