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King of Cool Steve McQueen's "Le Mans" Porsche 911S headed to auction [Video]

by Andrew Ganz

Your chance to be the legend: Steve McQueen's beloved Porsche 911S used in the movie "Le Mans" is headed to RM Auctions' Monterey event.

RM Auctions has announced that it will be offering buyers the chance to be the "King of Cool," Steve McQueen - or at least the ability to look like him from afar.

The firm's Monterey auction in mid August will feature a 1970 Porsche 911S formerly owned by McQueen and featured in his ultimate car guy film Le Mans.

The fully-equipped 1970 911S was swathed in an unusual but subtly striking Slate Grey paint scheme. Initially, the car was used by McQueen's Michael Delaney character in the legendary opening sequence of Le Mans, as well as a few other scenes. Apparently smitten with the rear-engined sports car during production of the film in France, McQueen decided to add it to his personal stable of exotic cars.

McQueen was drawn to the 911 Super's newly uprated 180 horsepower and then-high tech mechanical fuel injection system. Porsche's 911S saw great success in closed course racing at the hands of such legends as Hurley Haywood.

The car's current owner will display it this weekend at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance in Florida before sending it to auction across the country at RM's annual Monterey event.

Keeping with tradition, RM says it will offer around 175 "investment-quality" automobiles at its centerpiece auction, although it is still accepting vehicles.