35 years after his death, Steve McQueen still casts a long shadow over popular culture. That’s partly because his estate has taken great care to safeguard his image. But that image wouldn’t be worth nearly as much without a career that spanned three decades and some of the best-known and best-loved movies in cinematic history. McQueen’s name was synonymous with the stoic antihero, thanks to movies like The Great Escape, The Magnificent Seven, and even a star turn in an adaptation of Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People. His name was also synonymous with speed and daring, thanks to suspenseful films like Bullitt, Le Mans, and On Any Sunday, each of which featured high-tension chase scenes, often with McQueen himself performing his own stunt driving. Those skills were honed off-screen in races like the 12 Hours of Sebring race, where McQueen and co-driver Peter Revson won the three-liter class with a Porsche 908/02.
So it’s appropriate that a 234 hp 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo (Carrera) belonging to the late star recently fetched a staggering 1.95 million dollars at an auction in Monterey. The car was reportedly the last of several cars special ordered by McQueen before his death of cancer in 1980. Its engine was a 3L flat six, and it was also equipped with a four-speed manual transmission, a limited-slip differential, and — thanks to McQueen’s desire to dodge the police while racing on Mulholland Drive — a kill switch for the tail lights. Part of the proceeds from the sale benefited Boys Republic, an organization for troubled youth that McQueen supported in his lifetime.
At Porsche of Nashua, we don’t have Steve McQueen’s Porsche 930. However, for Porsche fans in New England, we’re the destination of choice when it comes to getting behind the wheel of a modern classic. Whether you want the blistering speed of a 2016 Porsche 911, or your tastes run more to the refinement of a Porsche Panamera or Porsche Cayenne, there’s a Porsche here that’s right for you.