Despite the fact that Steve McQueen never designed a single car, nor owned a car company, he left an indelible mark on the auto industry. In fact he used to be, and many still consider him to be, one of the icons of the car industry. This is simply because he was one of the few Hollywood stars who also knew how to handle a racing car.
The movie Le Mans has by now become a legend so it makes sense that anything that was used in that movie would fetch an excellent price if it went up for auction. One such item is his two-piece Gulf Racing suit. It wasn’t only used in the film – whilst starring in Le Mans McQueen actually wore it himself. After being won in a competition by a 12-year-old in 1972 the suit has now made its way to the “Icons of Hollywood” auction.
The suit is in a remarkably good condition given its age and comes with all the sponsor patches and trinkets used in Le Mans, including the Gulf logo, the American flag, Firestone sponsor patches, a Heuer Chronograph and even the name of Michael Delany stitched on one side.
The auction will be held from the 15th to the 17th of December. The suit has been valued at between $200,000 and $300,000 by experts – a remarkable price tag given the fact that a 12-year-old won it in a competition.
Unfortunately the lucky buyer will not be able to get auto finance on the suit!
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