STEVE M C QUEEN EF­FECT

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Steve Mcqueen, the uber-cool Hol­ly­wood star of the ’60s and ’70s, was such a pow­er­ful brand that al­most any­thing he drove also be­came uber-cool. The

Bul­litt Mustang is a case in point. It would seem that both the cars used in that film have now been found. One of those is do­ing the mo­tor-show cir­cuit and no doubt earn­ing its owner a very good liv­ing. Ap­par­ently, he has no in­ten­tion of sell­ing it, and one can only imag­ine what it would sell for if it were to be put up for sale. A well-re­stored 1967 Mustang Fast­back 390 GT, the model fea­tured in the film, will sell for any­where from $100K to more than twice that. The car is un­re­stored and shows the signs of a life­time of use. The con­di­tion only adds to its mys­tique.

An­other ex– Steve Mcqueen ve­hi­cle has been sold very re­cently. A 1945 Willys Jeep MB, which had been in Mcqueen’s ve­hi­cle col­lec­tion, sold for al­most NZ$162K. This is about three times the go­ing rate for one that you or I might have owned to­day, and even that is a lot more than a war-sur­plus ex­am­ple would have sold for here a few decades ago.

It seems that any­thing as­so­ci­ated with Steve Mcqueen is worth some­thing — even a poster ad­ver­tis­ing his Le Mans film sold for al­most NZ$1K.

In other Mustang news, the old­est known pri­vately owned Mustang is for sale in the US. This coupé has the chas­sis num­ber 002 (001 is a con­vert­ible in Ford’s own mu­seum in Dear­born, Michi­gan). There is much con­fu­sion over the or­der of the few pre­pro­duc­tion Mus­tangs that still ex­ist, but Ford has of­fi­cially ver­i­fied this as the old­est pri­vately owned ex­am­ple. This car, which was sold by a dealer in­stead of be­ing used as in­tended as a dis­play car, has a six-cylin­der en­gine, three-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion, and some of the body pan­els are ‘straight’ rather than ‘ formed’ as they were on the pro­duc­tion cars. The car has been traded a num­ber of times in its life and was passed in at US$300K two years ago when it failed to reach its re­serve.

Two other in­ter­est­ing re­cent auc­tion prices are NZ$12K for a Fer­rari Day­tona tool­kit, and NZ$16,500 for that ne­ces­sity, a set of Fer­rari Enzo leather lug­gage.

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