Terrence Stephen McQueen or simply Steve McQueen ruled Hollywood in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. During the peak of his career, he was one of the highest-paid actors in the world allowing him a net worth of $30 million (~$100 million when adjusted for inflation). So with all that money sitting in his bank account, Steve McQueen had a habit of often pulling out his checkbook and buying a car, if he liked it, then and there. This allowed him to collect over 18 cars throughout his lifetime. Sadly most of them have been auctioned as of now but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a look at his cars. So read below to find out more about the ten most noteworthy cars owned by him.

Steve McQueen a.k.a. The King Of Cool died 40 years ago but even today his car collection is as iconic as it was back in his days. He was a petrolhead even before he could have made his mark in Hollywood. His love for cars and driving skills allowed him to give us some of the most iconic car scenes ever made for the movies. So without further ado, here are the top ten cars that were once a part of Steve McQueen’s collection.

10. 1958 GMC Series 101-8 Pickup

Finished in fluorescent blue with a white roof the 1958 GMC Series 101-8 pickup is the first vehicle owned by Steve McQueen on our list. The pickup truck was recently auctioned off and it fetched $92,000. The pickup was part of his ten vehicle collection that was parked at The Beverly Wilshire Hotel in California and had a vanity number plate reading ‘MCQ3188’. 

1958 GMC Series 101-8 Pickup

Specs

Price

$92,000

Engine

5.5-liter V8

Horsepower

200 hp

Torque

N/A

Transmission

4-speed automatic

0-60 MPH

N/A

Top Speed

N/A

Steve McQueen’s 1958 GMC Series 101-8 pickup is powered by a naturally aspirated, 5.5-liter V8 engine. GMC’s V8 engine makes 200 hp and is mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission.

9. 1972 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3

The black 1972 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3 which was once a part of Steve McQueen’s collection was his pride. The luxury sedan is now up for auction with a bid starting at $164,000. Word is Steve rarely bought sedans but once or twice when he did he made sure it was the fastest of that time. That’s exactly how he came across this black Mercedes-Benz. As per reports, once McQueen was driving pedal to the metal on Autobahn when a similar specced Mercedes-Benz zipped passed him. Impressed by it he got one for himself.

1972 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3

Specs

Price

$164,000

Engine

6.3-liter V8

Horsepower

300 hp

Torque

434 lb-ft

Transmission

4-speed automatic

0-60 MPH

6.7 sec

Top Speed

135 MPH

The 1972 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3 owned by Steve McQueen is powered by a naturally aspirated, 6.3-liter V8 engine. Mercedes-Benz’s V8 engine makes 300 hp and 434 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission. As per third-party performance estimates, the 300SEL 6.3 can accelerate from 0-60 MPH in 6.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 135 MPH.

8. 1953 Hudson Hornet Sedan

Steve McQueen had a liking for Hudson Motors which later became American Motors Corporation. He had several cars from the brand throughout his lifetime and the one above, the 1953 Hudson Hornet sedan was acquired by him in 1977. Finished in mint green, the sedan was a high-performance four-door model which was mostly used by him to visit his local church. That said, the sedan was auctioned in 2019 at RM Sotherby’s and fetched $165,000.

1953 Hudson Hornet Sedan

Specs

Price

$165,000

Engine

5.0-liter inline-6

Horsepower

147 hp

Torque

257 lb-ft

Transmission

3-speed manual

0-60 MPH

12.9 sec

Top Speed

85 MPH

The 1953 Hudson Hornet sedan which was part of Steve McQueen’s collection comes with a naturally aspirated, 5.0-liter six-cylinder engine. Hudson Hornet’s six-cylinder engine makes 147 hp and 257 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a 3-speed manual transmission. As per third-party performance estimates, the Hudson can accelerate from 0-60 MPH in 12.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 85 MPH.

7. 1953 Siata 208S Spider

The red 1953 Siata 208S Spider once part of Steve McQueen’s collection is a rather unknown name in American automotive history. The brand was a small marquee based in Italy that used Fiat’s V8 engine for its cars. The 208S Spider was part of the import racing championship in the United States and that’s where Steve first met with the car. Thus he became the second owner of the car and would usually be spotted blasting in it along mountain roads. Steve owned the car for two years and sold it later on. Finally, the car was auctioned at RM Sotheby’s in 2011 fetching a record sum of $946,000.

1953 Siata 208S Spider

Specs

Price

$946,000

Engine

2.0-liter V8

Horsepower

125 hp

Torque

N/A

Transmission

4-speed manual

0-60 MPH

12.4 sec

Top Speed

124 MPH

Steve McQueen’s 1953 Siata 208S Spider is powered by a naturally aspirated, 2.0-liter V8 engine. Siata 208S’ V8 engine makes 125 hp and is mated to a 4-speed manual transmission. As per third-party performance estimates, the 208S Spider can accelerate from 0-60 MPH in 12.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 124 MPH.

6. 1970 Porsche 911S (ex-Le Mans)

The next car on the list is a slate grey 1970 Porsche 911S which was brought new by Steve McQueen. It’s reported he took the delivery of his brand new Porsche on the sets of Le Mans. The car is also featured in the opening scene of the movie making it even more iconic. But the best part was that Porsche specced it with the best possible parts for road-legal cars available at its disposal. Thus it’s rumored that when Porsche 911S came up for auction in 2011 it fetched a cool $1.37 million and the winning bid was placed by none other than Jerry Seinfeld, a die-hard Porsche fan as well as a collector himself. 

1970 Porsche 911S (ex-Le Mans)

Specs

Price

$1,375,000

Engine

2.2-liter flat-6

Horsepower

177 hp

Torque

127 lb-ft

Transmission

5-speed manual

0-60 MPH

7.8 sec

Top Speed

144 MPH

The 1970 Porsche 911S owned by Steve McQueen is powered by a naturally aspirated, 2.2-liter flat-6 engine. Porsche’s flat-6 engine makes 177 hp and 127 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. As per third-party performance estimates, the 911S can accelerate from 0-60 MPH in 7.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 144 MPH.


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5. 1976 Porsche 911 (930) Turbo

The slate grey 1976 Porsche 911 (930) Turbo is the second Porsche that was a special-order car for Steve McQueen. To be accurate this very Porsche was his last special order making it even more special. The other special thing about this car is its color as there are not many Porsche that to 911s that were ever done in this shade. The above car was auctioned off in 2015 at Mecum and fetched $1.95 million and a part of the proceeding was donated to The Boys’ Republic reform school, McQueen’s alma mater. 

1976 Porsche 911 (930) Turbo

Specs

Price

$1,950,000

Engine

3.0-liter turbocharged flat-6

Horsepower

245 hp

Torque

253 lb-ft

Transmission

4-speed manual

0-60 MPH

5.9 sec

Top Speed

155 MPH

The 1976 Porsche 911 (930) Turbo which was part of Steve McQueen comes with a turbocharged, 3.0-liter flat-6 engine. Porsche’s turbo-six engine makes 245 hp and 253 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a 4-speed manual transmission. As per third-party performance estimates, the 911 Turbo can accelerate from 0-60 MPH in 5.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 155 MPH.

4. 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso

The coffee brown 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso was purchased by Steve McQueen when his career was at peak and he was just minting money. He kept the Ferrari with him for 10 years and sold it off to his close friend who also happened to be a car collector. That said, Steve McQueen had a lot of fun blasting off in his Ferrari with his wife through the California coast. Finally, the car last exchanged hands in 2011 at an auction at Christie's where it fetched $2.3 million.

1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso

Specs

Price

$2,300,000

Engine

3.0-liter V12

Horsepower

246 hp

Torque

215 lb-ft

Transmission

5-speed manual

0-60 MPH

5.2 sec

Top Speed

174 MPH

The 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso owned by Steve McQueen is powered by a naturally aspirated, 3.0-liter V12 engine. Ferrari’s V12 engine makes 246 hp and 215 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. As per third-party performance estimates, the Ferrari can accelerate from 0-60 MPH in 5.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 174 MPH.

3. 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390 (ex-Bullitt)

The highland green 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390 needs no introduction as the person owning itself Steve McQueen. The car is featured in the iconic chase scene in the movie Bullitt featuring Steve himself in the driver’s seat. This is a rare car as Steve no matter how hard he tried wasn’t able to acquire one for himself. But since the car’s image is attached to him so there is no harm in including it here. For the same reason, it was recently auctioned off fetching $3.74 million.

1968 Ford Mustang GT 390 (ex-Bullitt)

Specs

Price

$3,740,000

Engine

6.4-liter V8

Horsepower

335 hp

Torque

427 lb-ft

Transmission

4-speed manual

0-60 MPH

N/A

Top Speed

105 MPH

The 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390 which was part of Steve McQueen collection comes with a naturally aspirated, 6.4-liter V8 engine. Mustang’s V8 engine makes 335 hp and 427 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a 4-speed manual transmission. As per third-party performance estimates, the Mustang GT 390 can do a standing quarter-mile in under 14 seconds and reach a top speed of 105 MPH.

2. 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4

Steve McQueen owned several Ferrari cars in his lifetime include the NART Spyder, a 275 GTS, and a 250 GT Lusso but among them, the best one was the red 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4. The prancing horse coupe has been rated by Ferrari enthusiasts and auto journalists as the best lot of the last 275 GTB models. After Steve sold the car its roof was chopped but later its third owner restored it at Ferrari where it was stripped and brought back to its former glory. Post that the Ferrari features in many events across North America and was later auctioned in 2014 at Sotheby’s fetching $10,17 million.

1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4

Specs

Price

$10,170,000

Engine

3.3-liter V12

Horsepower

296 hp

Torque

217 lb-ft

Transmission

5-speed manual

0-60 MPH

5.3 sec

Top Speed

164 MPH

The 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 owned by Steve McQueen is powered by a naturally aspirated, 3.3-liter V12 engine. Mercedes-Benz’s V8 engine makes 300 hp and 434 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission. As per third-party performance estimates, the 300SEL 6.3 can accelerate from 0-60 MPH in 6.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 135 MPH.

1. 1956 Jaguar XKSS

The green 1956 Jaguar XKSS which is worth $30 million these days is the most expensive cars ever owned by Steve McQueen. He nicknamed it ‘The Green Rat’ and bought it pre-owned for a mere sum of $5,000. He would be occasionally seen zipping through the streets of Hollywood Hills late at night in his Jaguar roadster. After owning it for ten years the car outgrew him and he sold it to buy another set of wheels. But soon he regretted the decision and brought it back for a hefty premium and kept the Jaguar with him till he died. Later on, the Jaguar was acquired by the Petersen Automotive Museum and remains there on display.

1956 Jaguar XKSS

Specs

Price

$30,000,000

Engine

3.4-liter inline-6

Horsepower

262 hp

Torque

240 lb-ft

Transmission

4-speed manual

0-60 MPH

5.2 sec

Top Speed

142 MPH

Steve McQueen’s Jaguar XKSS is powered by a naturally aspirated, 3.4-liter six-cylinder engine. The XKSS’ six-cylinder engine makes 262 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a 4-speed manual transmission. As per third-party performance estimates, the Jaguar XKSS can accelerate from 0-60 MPH in 5.2 seconds and hit a top speed of 142 MPH.


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