The late, great Paul Newman once remarked that movie studios - reluctant to let their star get his hands dirty in the business of motorsport - would have to “strap me down before they kick me out of these things”. ‘Things’ being racing cars, of course.
You see, Paul Newman did Acting quite well: his Oscar, his six Golden Globes, his BAFTA, Emmy and Cannes wins ranking amongst his many screen achievements. But Paul Newman did Racing rather well too. Over a 35-year motorsport career, he piloted everything from a Datsun 280ZX, through a Nissan 300ZX IMSA GTO, a GT1-spec ‘Vette and even a Triumph TR6. Oh, and the rather lovely Porsche 935 you see in the pictures above.
Because among his four national championship wins as a driver and eight as a team owner, one of Newman’s stand-out achievements was racing at the 1979 Le Mans 24hrs. You may have heard of it.
The red 935 was the one Newman raced in, alongside Dick Barbour and Rolf Stommelen. In front of a packed Le Mans crowd, the team finished second overall.
This particular 935 went on to win more stuff too. First and foremost, the unofficial award for cool racing colours. In 1980, Apple Computers liveried this very car - the one and only time the tech giant ever supported a race team. In 1981 it finished first at the Daytona 24hrs (driven by Bobby Rahal, Brian Redman and Bob Garretson) and first at the 1983 Sebring 12hrs too (driven by Wayne Baker, Jim Mullen and Kees Nierop).
In 2006, it was fully restored by Porsche specialist Paul Willison back to its 1979 Le Mans “Hawaiian Tropic” livery and won the ‘best in class’ at the 2007 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. And now, this racing legend draped in Hollywood glory is coming up for sale. For quite a lot.
It’s one of the lots at Gooding & Co’s upcoming Pebble Beach sale, which takes place between 20-21 August. And its estimated to sell for between $4,500,000 and $5,500,000.
Surely though, a car of this magnitude is worth it? Have a click through the pics and let us know if you think it’s worth it…