11:36am – When it comes to cars, the King of Cool will forever be associated with exotic foreign sports models like the Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso and the Jaguar XK-SS, wheels not fit for lesser mortals.
Of course McQueen had an extensive collection of other machines, running the gamut from Lotus race cars to rusty pickup trucks, each one holding a special place in the pantheon.
Now one of the King’s last rides, a 1951 Chevrolet Styleline DeLuxe Convertible, which he drove in his final film, 1980′s The Hunter, is coming up for auction in March.
The 1951 Chevrolet Styleline DeLuxe Convertible McQueen drove in The Hunter
The car, which McQueen liked so much he purchased it for his personal collection when filming wrapped, will be sold during Auctions America’s Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdale sale from March 22 to 24.
With a yellow exterior, stainless moldings and leather interior, the Chevy has a 92 hp six-cylinder engine under its hood.
The Chevy comes complete with extensive documentation confirming its provenance, including an original McQueen Certificate of Authenticity signed by the actor’s late daughter, Terry, and his son, Chad.
Since no one really knows how much the McQueen factor can affect the price of an otherwise not particularly valuable vehicle, it’s being offered at no reserve and no presale estimate has been released.
Being offered at no reserve by Auctions America in Florida in March
In recent months, his 1971 Porsche 911 brought in $1.25 million, while a Ford GT40 from his iconic film Le Mans brought in a record-breaking $11 million.
We don’t expect the Chevy will get anywhere near that, unless a Russian billionaire with a McQueen fetish and an itchy paddle finger comes along…
- Posted January 24, 2013
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- Courtesy Auctions America