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Looking Back on Steve McQueen’s Impossibly Cool Car Collection

Looking Back on Steve McQueen’s Impossibly Cool Car Collection

An avid car enthusiast, Steve McQueen was renowned for his passion for racing and sports cars, as evidenced by his impressive collection.

The legendary actor soared to fame playing the ultimate anti-hero in iconic films like Bullitt, The Great Escape, and The Getaway. McQueen effortlessly exuded a ruggedly cool and masculine aura, with a dash of charm and a need for speed.

Of course, The Blob star had a lifelong obsession with cars. Not only did he conquer the silver screen, but he also conquered the racetrack, collecting some of the most coveted wheels of his time. He’s so synonymous with racing, that the main character of Pixar’s Cars, Lightning McQueen, is named after him. Here are some jaw-dropping gems Steve McQueen’s car collection.

McQueen’s Ford Mustang GT 390

Of course, one of McQueen’s most iconic movie cars was the Ford Mustang GT 390 from 1968’s Bullitt. Of course, the dark green Mustang was featured in an unforgettable car chase scene in San Francisco.

After the film’s release in 1968, McQueen made several attempts to acquire the very car he drove (with stunt driver Bud Ekins) during the chase scene. However, the owner adamantly refused to sell. This left Steve McQueen with no choice but to obtain a replica to add to his car collection. The original Mustang fetched an impressive $3.4 million at auction in 2020.

McQueen’s 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4

Steve McQueen’s 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 might be the most impressive car in his collection. The acquisition of the sleek masterpiece reportedly took place during the filming of Bullitt.

After meticulous restoration and Ferrari Classiche certification, this timeless beauty was auctioned at RM Sotheby’s in 2014. It commanded an astonishing $10.1 Million.

McQueen’s 1956 Jaguar XKSS

The 1956 Jaguar XKSS stands out as a prominent vehicle in Steve McQueen’s car collection. Originally derived from the Jaguar D type, this version of the XKSS not only boasted a sleek and elegant design but also delivered remarkable power and speed.

Only sixteen XKSS cars were ever built, as a devastating fire occurred in the assembly plant. Currently, McQueen’s XKSS finds its home at the Peterson Automotive Museum.

McQueen’s Special Order 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera 

Renowned for his love of Porsches, McQueen picked up this Custom Carrera four years before his untimely demise in 1980, making it his final custom order vehicle.

Allegedly, this car was among McQueen’s top choices for driving alongside his teen son, Chad. Reportedly, Chad McQueen continuously enhanced and expanded the car’s capabilities. Ultimately, it was sold at an auction for an impressive $1,950,000.

Steve McQueen’s 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso

Steve McQueen’s wife, Neile Adams, gave him a stunning 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso for his car collection.

The 250 GT Lusso perfectly embodied the fusion of high performance and comfort that suited McQueen’s revered status. This stylish fastback featured a race-bred Colombo V12 engine nestled under its elongated hood, propelling it from 0 to 60 MPH in a mere 7 seconds and achieving a top speed of 150 MPH. Its opulence was further evidenced by its staggering sale price of $2.3 Million at a Christie’s auction in 2007.