For Sale: Steve McQueen’s old Porsche Turbo

Is this possibly the coolest car in the world?  Steve McQueen’s 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Cerrera in Slate Grey and Black livery.  Its up for auction in August…

1976 PORSCHE 930 TURBO CARRERA

1976 PORSCHE 930 TURBO CARRERA

The color chosen so not to attract the attention of California Highway Cops when driving fast.  Originally purchased for $17,000.  The value now?  Lots.  His old sunglasses were sold for $70,000!!!

There is a video describing the history of the car here.

 

2015 Auto Show Calendar and Barcelona F1

Edmunds.com has a very useful calendar for the major US and International auto shows in 2015 here.

The next big show is the Barcelona International Motor Show, which is cunningly timed to coincide with the F1 Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona this weekend.  The show runs from 9th to 17th May, with the Grand Prix weekend starting Friday 8th.

Can you think of a better way to spend the weekend than watching what may well be the watershed race of the season, and then peruse the latest European automotive machinery?

Why is his such an important race?  Three reasons: Ferrari have been nipping at the heals of Mercedes at every race this year after making great gains following the disappointing (for Ferrari) 2014 season.  Traditionally manufacturers release enhancement packages to their cars at the Spanish Grand Prix.  We hear that both Mercedes and Ferrari have new components in their cars this weekend.

It all points to a distinct possibility that Ferrari could win their first race of 2015.

And what could you look forward to the following week at the show?  Seat are  set to reveal their new Neuvo Ibiza ahead of the market launch early 2016. If you are not familiar with the Seat brand, its the Spanish arm of the VW Audi Group.  They specialise in making small, chic and well engineered cars for a reasonable price.

Ole!