The fans of Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise and worldwide collectors now stand a rare chance to grab one of the three 1979 Porsche 928s that Cruise drove in 1983 American teen comedy-drama ‘Risky Business’, a major blockbuster that literally made its hero the most sought after actor in Hollywood. This 1979 manual supercar that Tom Cruise actually learned to drive a stock shift with will be auctioned as part of California auction Profiles in History’s Hollywood Auction, which begins on July 28, and is expected to fetch a price more than its pre-sale estimate of $60,000. Also, late Hollywood legend Natalie Wood’s Mercedes 250SL Roadster/Coupe Automatic, which she purchased new back in 1967 is up for grabs. However, earlier last year, one of an unnamed buyer splashed out a total of $217,100 for a used 2008 custom Porsche 911 Turbo cabriolet, a car which was previously owned by none other than the world’s most celebrated footballer David Beckham.
Regarded as one of the few misses in the luxury car maker’s illustrious history, this particular Porsche model which has been sitting in Chicago’s Volo Auto Museum in recent years, would command a significantly lower price without its unique history. Without the fame and celebrated history, these Porsche models usually sell for around $12,000.
The car is in operating condition, and its odometer reads 102,755 miles. As per the auctioneers, the car was also on exhibit at the Forney Museum of Transportation in Denver in 2009, and many Porsche lovers called this the famous Porsche 928.
Historically, Porsche actually refused to allow the director of Risky Business, Paul Brickman to use their cars in the movie for free, so producers had to shell out for their own used vehicles. However, it actually turned out to be money well spent, as the landmark film ‘Risky Business’ ended up grossing $63 million at the box office on a budget of $6 million.
And, when the movie came out, it actually looked like a two-hour sponsored commercial for the Porsche cars.
Beside the Tom Cruise’s Porsche, Profiles in History’s Hollywood Auction is also offering late Hollywood legend Natalie Wood’s Mercedes 250SL Roadster/Coupe Automatic, which she purchased new back in 1967. The Mercedes 250SL is the rarest of the W113-bodied cars, having built only in 1967 and 1968. And, this particular Natalie Wood’s car is expected to fetch a price of $30,000 to $50,000.