McQueen’s 1969 Lola T70 MKIII B from classic movie Le Mans to fetch around $1M at Silverstone Auction
Cars any association with the ‘King of Cool’, Hollywood’s highest paid actor, a professional motorcycle and racing car enthusiast Steve McQueen, certainly makes them legendary, coveted and highly valuable among the avid car collectors. And this becomes apparent from the sale of Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta which was auctioned for $2.3 million, the 1970 Porsche 911S sold for $1.375 million, and the current sale offering of Steve McQueen’s Movie Car from his last movie “The Hunter”. And now a 1969 Lola T70 MKIII B with chassis number SL76/141, which officially starred in Steve McQueen’s iconic Le Mans movie, will be up for grabs at Silverstone Auctions’ Race Retro & Classic Car Sale on February 23rd. However the Le Mans’ camera car, the rare and iconic 1968 Ford GT40 Gulf/Mirage which underwent a meticulously fine restoration before it was displayed at the 2003 Goodwood Festival of Speed and was driven by racing icon Jackie Oliver, got sold for whopping $11 million by RM Auctions.
Described to be one of three MKIII B’s used in the classic movie, the 1969 Lola T70 MKIII B crossing the auction block is expected to fetch a price between $887,000 and nearly $1.1 million at the event.
Notably, for its debut movie, the machine was painted yellow with the racing number ‘11’ on it, and was seen spinning on the downhill approach to the Indianapolis corner.
And later in the film, it was cloned to look like a Gulf-Porsche 917 for a signature McQueen crash sequence with the car driven by a remote control, where it finally crashes in the barrier.
However, the car in question has been completely rebuilt for European sports car racing, and comes with current FIA papers, a fresh engine, a rebuilt gearbox and a new differential.