The Porsche Driven By Steve McQueen In “Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans” Is Up For Sale

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October 14, 2015 – Steve McQueen was the highest-paid actor in Hollywood in 1971, at the time he decided to make the film Le Mans, but there was another bold-faced star in the film — the classic 1971 Porsche 911 T Coupé that McQueen drove during filming of the movie.

The car is being offered in The Exceptional Sale in Paris on November 4th, at Christie’s.

Making the film was a labor of love for McQueen, who had been racing cars for a decade by the early 1970s. And Le Mans, the 24-hour endurance race that takes place each year near Le Mans, France, was his favorite. His passion for the race and the sport are made clear in the  documentary Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans. FilmRise recently acquired the U.S. rights and will release the film in New York and L. A. on November 13 and day-and-date on Internet VOD.

Although much of the movie, including most of the racing sequences, was filmed during the actual Le Mans race of that year (McQueen was not allowed to do most of his own driving for insurance reasons), McQueen’s character, Michael Delaney, drives for the Porsche team. He is seen driving a Porsche 911, a street car, through much of the film. Both the racing Porsches and the street Porsches came primarily from the garages of Jo “Seppi” Siffert, a racing great who actually did the driving for McQueen.

Originally, the car was supposed to be given to McQueen and shipped back to America. Instead, the car ended up being given to McQueen’s co-star, German-born actress Elga Andersen, whom McQueen personally chose for the female lead (over, among others, Diana Rigg, Twiggy and Maud Adams) and with whom he is alleged to have had an affair during the filming of the movie.

Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

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