The legend of Steve McQueen endures, particularly when his cars and motorcycles pop up for sale. They seem to always bring several multiples of standard value for non-McQueen items. Those of us in the industry call it “The McQueen Factor,” and it applies to everything from his dirt bikes to his 911 and 250 GT/L Lusso. Heck, Bonhams sold his Persol sunglasses for $70k a few years back.
We’re still quite a ways out from the Monterey auctions this coming August, but that hasn’t stopped RM Sotheby’s from making a few announcements about their upcoming California sale — including the announcement that 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 s/n 10621 will be offered this year.
Every Ferrari is special, but this one particularly so.
This car was delivered new to Steve McQueen on the set of Bullitt. He owned the car for a few years before it was acquired by TV star Guy Williams — famous for both “Zorro” and “Lost in Space.”
The car was restored to how it was when McQueen owned it by Ferrari Classiche in 2013, and it was said to have been owned by F1, Indy and Le Mans racer Vern Schuppan in 2014. It was also shown by Ferrari as part of its own museum exhibit around that same time — an exhibit called “From Cinecittà to Hollywood.”
When RM Sotheby’s sold this car in Monterey in 2014, it achieved a record $10,175,000.
So how is it going to do this time around?
If the market’s taught us anything, it’s that you should never bet against the McQueen Factor.
Ferrari images: Tim Scott ©2023, Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s