RM Auctions to sell Steve McQueens Ferrari
1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4
RM Auctions, the worlds largest collector car auction house for investment quality cars will sell the 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 formerly owned by Hollywood star Steve McQueen.
The car was specially ordered by McQueen back in 1967 when he was filming The Thomas Crown Affair. Before he took delivery the car was customised to the actor’s taste and was repainted in Chianti Red, it was also fitted with Borrani wire wheels which were from his beloved 275 GTB N.A.R.T. Spider which had unfortunately been involved in a crash, plus it was equipped with a custom designed drivers side rear view mirror, a retractable radio antenna and custom seat trim. It remained the only Ferrari in his renowned stable of sports cars for almost five years, before passing onto fellow actor Guy Williams, of Zorro and Lost in Space fame, in 1971.
The car has changed hands on a few more occasions since and was eventually purchased by its current owner in 2010, who commissioned Ferrari Classiche to complete a full restoration, returning the four-cam to McQueen’s personal specification. In March 2013, Ferrari signed an agreement with the owner to display the car in Museo Ferrari as part of the “From Cinecittà to Hollywood, all Ferraris in the Cinema” exhibition, featuring other Ferraris associated with the silver screen. Chassis 10621 proved so popular with visitors that it has remained a feature attraction at the Maranello museum. Before its upcoming auction in Monterey, the McQueen Ferrari will be on display at RM’s Monaco sale this week providing collectors with an advance inspection opportunity (Estimate available upon request).
Max Girardo, Managing Director, RM Auctions, Europe said “when it comes to cars with celebrity provenance, it doesn’t get any better than a Ferrari owned by Steve McQueen. The vehicle we have on offer ticks all the boxes when it comes to collectability: it is one of the ultimate Ferraris ever built; it was recently restored by Ferrari themselves; and it was delivered new to none other than the “King of Cool.” We’re both honored and excited to have been entrusted with the sale of this special car by its owner. There’s no doubt that it will be welcomed by the world’s most selective concours events and prove to be the centerpiece of any collection. We anticipate great interest in its offering, as we continue our strong track record for Steve McQueen cars in Monterey.”
The McQueen Ferrari leads an exceptional group of other coveted examples from the famed Italian marque at RM’s upcoming Monterey sale.