Why Did Someone Pay $2 Million For This Porsche?

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That's what celebrity can do to a car.

Over the weekend, someone parted with a cool $1.95 million for this 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo. That's a massive chunk more than these normally go for. So why all the extra cheese? Well, it once belonged to Steve McQueen who placed an order for what would end up being his final Porsche before he died in 1980. This rare early production 911 Turbo Carrera is powered by a 3.0-liter air-cooled flat-six rated at 234 hp and mated to a four-speed manual gearbox. For its time, performance was phenomenal, with 0-60 mph coming in at 5.5 seconds.

The exterior, Slate Gray, was specially ordered by McQueen. He also ordered it with a sunroof, positraction, and a black interior. He later added 8- and 9-inch wide front and rear wheels (one inch wider than stock) as well as a dashboard switch that deactivated the rear lights to help escape detection by the cops. After keeping it for a few years, McQueen sold it back to the dealership. It passed through several owners, was restored in 1995, and sold for a bargain price of $137,500 in auction in 2008. A portion of the $1.95 million sale will be donated to The Boys Republic, a non-profit community for troubled youngsters, attended by McQueen as a teenager.


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