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Merged: Ex-Steve McQueen Lusso up for auction

Discussion in 'Vintage Ferrari Market' started by TG, Apr 27, 2007.

  1. krasnavian

    krasnavian Formula 3

    Dec 24, 2003
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    Don't say that to Bill Hickman, Carey Lofton and Bud Ekins...

    When you can see McQueen in the Mustang's rearview mirror, it is obviously him. When it is turned down, Ekins is at the wheel. The main external shot with McQueen at the wheel is where he fails to make a corner and reverses with some spectacular wheel-hop, then races away.

    I met Bud when he was working on the TV series 'Then Came Bronson'.
     
  2. dretceterini

    dretceterini F1 Veteran

    Apr 28, 2004
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    Beautiful car, but I can't see any Lusso being worth close to a million dollars, no matter who owned it.
     
  3. Jack-the-lad

    Jack-the-lad Four Time F1 World Champ
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    Jun 22, 2004
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    Check out the Christie's ad on page 43 of the June SCM. That picture of Steve McQ sure looks doctored to me. More "photo-chopped" than photoshopped. It looks like they took his head off of another photo.



    Jack
     
  4. Guaruja

    Guaruja Formula Junior

    Feb 15, 2006
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    Andre R
    Definately a good looking car - seen it here in SoCal at multiple car shows.
     
  5. regaliaconcours

    regaliaconcours Formula Junior

    Jul 6, 2006
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    MICHAEL REGALIA
    The photo of Steve and Chads mom Neale(in car) was taken by Steve's good friend and well known photographer Bill Claxton, on the way to Monterey. This a known, copyrighted photo owned by Bill Claxton and is NOT a "doctored" image. The story of this car and Steve will unfold in it's entirety in the months ahead. I have owned this car for nearly ten years and completed a 4000 hour restoration on it. Some of you have seen it in person at various concours and have already commented on it's condition, which I greatly appreciate. Mike Regalia, Regalia Concours Restorations
     
  6. mdw3

    mdw3 Karting

    Jan 2, 2005
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    Michael
    Without starting a debate about whether the car is actually "worth" this much (whatever that means), my own guess about what the car will bring would be somewhere north of 1.5M. This result would have more to do with the strong desire of many to possess a piece of Steve's legend than the market for Lussos, or vintage Ferraris in general, and there are lots of folks out there right now with the money to make this happen. After all, judging from what a pair of old Persol sunglasses and various expired credit cards sold for late last year, it would seem that the timing for this sale couldn't be better--and what car is more identified with McQueen's image from that period than his Lusso?

    Michael
     
  7. Jack-the-lad

    Jack-the-lad Four Time F1 World Champ
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    I didn't mean to question the car's provenance, and credit for the photo is clearly given in the ad, but still, the way Steve's head and body relate to each other in the picture just doesn't look natural to me....they just look like they could have come from two different photographs. And yes, that is clearly his first wife in the car.
    I've seen the car at Cavallino and at Amelia. It is truly stunning.

    Congratulations on bringing this wonderful car to its current condition!

    Jack
     
  8. t walgamuth

    t walgamuth Formula Junior

    Mar 13, 2005
    850
    .....hitched to the back of my cadillac!

    thanks

    tom w
     
  9. t walgamuth

    t walgamuth Formula Junior

    Mar 13, 2005
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    ....so while there at the collier museum i also checked out the other cunningham 1950 caddy coupe which was rebodied by some engineers from grumman. this car was low and sleek, but ran on a stock cadillac model 61 chassis. it had five carburators, iirc. i could not see under the hood. i did not have permission to crawl under this one.
    so the body was kindof wing shaped and sported thousands of rivets and a tapering tail. it was faster than the coupe especially on the straights but got stuffed into a sand trap early in the race and the driver stripped some gears out of the tranny trying to get out of the sand trap. so it ran in high gear the rest of the race and between that and the time lost digging it out finished eleventh just behind the stock bodied caddy.
    they averaged over eighty mph for the 24 hours.
    i leaned over and looked into the cockpit of "le monstre" as the french called this car and looked in. it had a nice big dash board with lots of official looking instruments, a racing style steering wheel and....
    the stock three on the column shifter.
    those caddy column shifters worked just fine though!

    the collier museum had lots of briggs' other race cars there too. some were sold off a few years back but i think the cunningham caddies are still there. unfortunately the museum is no longer open to the public.

    tom w
     
  10. dbcooper

    dbcooper Formula Junior

    Feb 7, 2005
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    Tim Romero
    I used to know a guy who bought a truck from an auction not too long after Mr. McQueen died.It was an old 53-54 GMC/Chevy pickup with a really nice,custom built aluminium camper on it.Nice and clean rig.My friend's claim to fame was the boast that
    "Yep,Steve used to do Aly right there on that bed" ! Sorry but I couldnt resist.
     
  11. ferrari dino

    ferrari dino Karting

    Feb 16, 2006
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    Today is the day this exquiste (of rare excellence of production or execution, as works of art or workmanship) Ferrari changes owners.
    Congratulation in advance to both parties. Bid often and bid high for tomorrow this Ferrari will be NLA.
     
  12. krasnavian

    krasnavian Formula 3

    Dec 24, 2003
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    It was interesting to read an article about the car in the Los Angeles Times yesterday. Chad McQueen was quoted as saying that his father kept the car only three years, not the ten that is cited elsewhere. This agrees with what I understood. The night I was introduced to Steve at the Chez in 1967, we compared notes on our Lussos. He told me he had just sold the car to the fellow that was sitting next to him. I don't remember his name.
     
  13. ferrari dino

    ferrari dino Karting

    Feb 16, 2006
    142
    Steve was the first owner of the car. The car reflected his personality at the time. I admire his taste.
    Some people excel in the aquisition of new stimulation and excitement. Three years, ten years, I personally don't think it matters.

    If I were Steve's son I would be tempted to buy my fathers car back.
     
  14. BigTex

    BigTex Seven Time F1 World Champ
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    Dec 6, 2002
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    Bubba
    Nice........
     
  15. HeloSixx

    HeloSixx Karting

    Feb 15, 2007
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    Ben
    Anyone know if the auction can be monitored live? What time does the car sell?
     
  16. retired

    retired Formula Junior

    Jul 30, 2004
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    Lusso sold $2,100,000.00

    really nuts
     
  17. retired

    retired Formula Junior

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  18. Bryanp

    Bryanp F1 Rookie
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    Aug 13, 2002
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    WOW. when two rich guys want the same car . . . .

    does anyone know the results of some of the others? 0502M?
     
  19. Tspringer

    Tspringer F1 Veteran

    Apr 11, 2002
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    Congrats Michael !

    Great car and glad to see you did so well on it. I knew the McQueen connection was going to push this one into the stratosphere!




    Terry
     
  20. retired

    retired Formula Junior

    Jul 30, 2004
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    christies sale
     
  21. ArtS

    ArtS F1 Veteran
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    Nov 11, 2003
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    Is that $2.1M + commission? If so that means the new owner paid around $2.5M!!

    The question is: is this the highlight of the weekend's auctions or will the rest of the Ferraris be lifted by the McQueen Lusso?

    Regards,

    Art S.
     
  22. Tspringer

    Tspringer F1 Veteran

    Apr 11, 2002
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    It will be interesting to see. In my opinion (worth exactly what you pay for it) this particular sale says far more about the appeal of Steve McQueen and its value than it does about Ferrari Lusso prices. But, clearly at least some folks at the auction are anxious to spend some $$$$.


    Terry
     
  23. Napolis

    Napolis Three Time F1 World Champ
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    Oct 23, 2002
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    Jim Glickenhaus
    It was a very good auction with decerning buyers.
    IMO there is big$ for great cars.
     
  24. Tspringer

    Tspringer F1 Veteran

    Apr 11, 2002
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    Are full results posted anywhere?



    Terry
     

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