Steve McQueen's "Little Ferrari" for Sale
The 1953 Siata 208S Spyder (above) that actor Steve McQueen affectionately dubbed his "Little Ferrari" is being offered for sale by California's Fantasy Junction for $1.295 million. The Italian roadster, one of only 35 built, was one of the first foreign sports cars acquired by the King of Cool who came to be famous for his stable of exotic autos. Featured in the 2007 book McQueen's Machines, it was formerly part of the Cars of Steve McQueen exhibition at The Petersen Auto Museum in Los Angeles.
Bruce Sand, the doctor and former UCLA Medical School student who acquired the car from McQueen, recounts that the actor had removed the Siata's front nose badge, put a Ferrari shield on it, and called it his "Little Ferrari". In addition to a 2.3 Litre 8-cylinder Fiat engine, the car features a very rare set of TAG Heuer racing instruments (watch and stop-watch), which are affixed to the dashboard. Painstakingly restored to perfection with the engine completely rebuilt, the car has won honors at several concours d'elegance.
Gallery: Steve McQueen's 1953 Siata