Mc­queen still cool for cash

NT News - Motoring - - CARS GUIDE -

THE cache — and cash — at­tached to the ac­tor dubbed the King of Cool con­tin­ues to grow. A Nomex rac­ing suit worn by Steve Mc­queen in the Le Mans movie sold for $984,000 at an auc­tion in the US last month.

The price was more than three times higher than the es­ti­mate by the Pro­files in His­tory auc­tion­eers, who val­ued the Gulf Oil rac­ing suit em­bla­zoned with Mc­queen’s ‘‘Michael De­laney’’ char­ac­ter name at $200,000-$300,000.

The 1971 Porsche 911 Mc­queen drove in the movie sold for $1.25 mil­lion, prov­ing the King of Cool can still pull an au­di­ence.

The auc­tion also re­vealed it costs $541,000 to go back to the fu­ture. That’s the price the flux ca­pac­i­tor-pow­ered Delorean DMC-12 used in the third Back to the Fu­ture movie sold for.

It is one of three cars left from the movie se­ries, with the other two owned by Uni­ver­sal Stu­dios. This one was used to time-travel from a 1955 drive-in movie lot back to 1885 and fit­ted with a VW­sourced V6 and had the sus­pen­sion mod­i­fied for off-road use in the Wild West.

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