Steve Mcqueen was the poster-boy of cool for many years & now you can own a piece of the cool by bidding for a racing suit the actor wore in the film Le Mans. The film is a rather accurate depiction of racing in the 70s & in particular the famous endurance race, the 24 hours of Le Mans.
The suit was worn my McQueen, who was an avid racer of cars & motorbikes, & so he performed most of his own stunts during his film career, so rest assured that the suit was definitely put through its paces at the Le Mans track.
Made from Nomex, the suit is flame resistant & was designed by Hinchman of Indianapolis for the film. It is in excellent condition & features McQueen’s character name (Michael Delaney) embroidered on the suit, as well as the names of sponsors such as Gulf, Heuer, Firestone.
The suit was donated to a British newspaper in 1971 by Solar Productions / MGM studio. The newspaper ran a Le Mans competition at the time & the winner was presented with the iconic suit as a prize.
The suit should be a worthwhile investment as McQueen memorabilia always sells well, with a Rolex Submariner owned by the actor going for $234,000 & a pair of his Persol sunglasses selling for a whopping $69,000.
For more information, visit the Toronto Collector Studio’s site.