Taking the driving seat of Hollywood superstar Steve McQueen’s first 1969 Porsche 911E Featured

Steve McQueen’s first 1969 Porsche 911E 2019 Jonathan Fleetwood and Drive-My EN/UK

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  • Logo: Logo
  • Year: 1969
  • Body: Coupe
  • Type: Petrol
  • Engine: 2.0-litre Flat-6
  • Fuelling: Bosch fuel injection
  • Power: 140bhp at 6500rpm
  • Torque: 129lb ft at 4500rpm
  • Trnsms: Manual 5-spd
  • Weight: 2246lb
  • Speed: 133mph
  • 0-60mph: 9.0sec
  • Club:
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Before his wilderness years in the mid-Seventies, when he traded his interest in fast cars for fast beers, McQueen dabbled with another German marque’s hot-rod saloon. Daniel Parker picks up the tale.

‘While he was in Germany for a promotional engagement, McQueen was startled to find himself being passed while doing 130mph by a Mercedes Benz 300SEL 6.3. It was one of the first of the marque’s Q-cars. A very big engine for sports car performance but packaged in a mid-sized four-door saloon that wouldn’t attract unwanted attention.

‘Increasingly resentful of the paparazzi attention that his relationship with Ali McGraw was attracting, McQueen saw the 6.3’s appeal and bought one in 1972. His Slate Grey 911E, which had been his regular drive for all the highs and lows of the preceding three years, was too widely recognised, so he parked it up and the Mercedes became his fast transport of choice.’

Like his 911, McQueen’s Mercedes also survives. It was offered at a Keno Brothers auction in New York in November 2015. Externally restored but thankfully with its 80,488-mile interior patina left undisturbed, it was bid to $375,000 but the owner wouldn’t sell it for that. It’s believed that the 300SEL was sold more recently, however, via a dealer.



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  1. Daniel Parker

Dear Mr. Gooch,

Thank you for publicly engaging on Chad’s behalf. I own the Porsche 911 featured in this article and have been trying to discuss my concerns with him for some time.

As for Steve McQueen’s DNA ever being in it, the evidence always said otherwise. Photographed by Barbara Minty-McQueen in 1979, she identified it in her book of 2006 as the Porsche 911 that was “pushed to the limit by Steve, who drove down Pacific Coast Highway in excess of 100 mph.”. She did not say it was the car McQueen bought for her and is on record recently about that one saying “it ended up with Chad”.

Published information says that until 2007, Chad falsely believed the Porsche 911 he had was the one from his father’s movie Le Mans. But when the real one turned up elsewhere, an ambitious rookie author told him otherwise but got it massively wrong. A mistake proven to him in October 2017, “you’ve invested many paragraphs to make certain I know I’m an idiot”. With his offer in February 2018 “to put this right” panning out as just more lies. It’s not Classic Cars who need to retract, it’s Matt Stone but he refuses to.

You’ve declared yourself as Chad’s counsel, so please tell him I didn’t go public long ago because I think he’s being conned by someone he considers a friend. When the truth was clear to me but aware of his head trauma in 2006, the car told me he should hear about this betrayal from me first. I now consider that obligation met, with the offer to fully read you in on all the information I can provide to better inform Chad about what’s going on.

Academic protocol with issues of disputed history allows the published authority the last resort of insisting I publish my car’s history for wider adjudication. The Classic Cars article was the start and it’s future history file is soft launched online now. I would prefer to resolve this without embarrassing Chad but will establish the truth publicly if that’s what it takes. With Matt Stone already blaming Chad for misleading him, my concern is that the press will focus on the scandal rather than what’s important, the cars involved and their true histories.

Daniel Parker

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