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What Cobra's did Steve McQueen actually own?
« on: October 28, 2019, 01:13:17 PM »
Or did he ever own any?  Someone told me he never actually did, but rather just was lent a couple different ones over the years.  What's the truth?  inquiring Shelby minds want know.   ;D

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Re: What Cobra's did Steve McQueen actually own?
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2019, 02:43:10 PM »
According to McQueen's Machines - The Cars and Bikes of a Hollywood Icon by Matt Stone, he didn't.

In the sidebar, he was given use of CSX2174 for a few months with the goal to convince McQueen to buy it. "When he showed no interest in doing so the car was returned to the factory at Shelby's request. . . ." It was then sold to the Francis Motor Car Company in Portland OR.

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Re: What Cobra's did Steve McQueen actually own?
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2019, 04:17:45 PM »
Thanks,  I had a suspicion my friend was correct.  Funny, this pic of McQueen pulling into his house driving a Cobra was recently posted by Krelboyne on another thread, and it helps to make people think he owned one or something.
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Re: What Cobra's did Steve McQueen actually own?
« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2019, 05:30:49 PM »
Thanks,  I had a suspicion my friend was correct.  Funny, this pic of McQueen pulling into his house driving a Cobra was recently posted by Krelboyne on another thread, and it helps to make people think he owned one or something.

When I posted that photo, I indicated that the author/photographer indicated that it was Steve's car in the caption.
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Re: What Cobra's did Steve McQueen actually own?
« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2019, 06:00:51 PM »
Wasn't he more of a European sports car fellow (bullet doesn't count as that was for a character in a movie).
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Re: What Cobra's did Steve McQueen actually own?
« Reply #5 on: October 28, 2019, 07:35:57 PM »
According to McQueen's Machines - The Cars and Bikes of a Hollywood Icon by Matt Stone, he didn't.

In the sidebar, he was given use of CSX2174 for a few months with the goal to convince McQueen to buy it. "When he showed no interest in doing so the car was returned to the factory at Shelby's request. . . ." It was then sold to the Francis Motor Car Company in Portland OR.

Who wouldn't want a free Cobra to drive around?  Today's celebs are no different.  Free Loan = Good.   Now pay for it = No Thanks.
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Re: What Cobra's did Steve McQueen actually own?
« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2019, 07:52:17 PM »
A great book about the "King of Cool": "McQueen's Machines...The cars and bikes of a Hollywood Icon" By Matt Stone.
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Re: What Cobra's did Steve McQueen actually own?
« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2019, 07:52:23 PM »
He didn't

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Re: What Cobra's did Steve McQueen actually own?
« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2019, 07:58:41 PM »
Wasn't he more of a European sports car fellow (bullet doesn't count as that was for a character in a movie).

That's what I always understood to be

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Re: What Cobra's did Steve McQueen actually own?
« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2019, 08:17:56 PM »
A great book about the "King of Cool": "McQueen's Machines...The cars and bikes of a Hollywood Icon" By Matt Stone.

^^^ good book.

Another is: McQueen a Passion for Speed.

He got into pick-up trucks had over 50 at one time, always motorcycles and later he got into rotary engine propeller planes (bi-planes) his dad (which he never met) was a barnstormer pilot.

(If he ever owned a Cobra I would guess that Ned would know about it.)
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Re: What Cobra's did Steve McQueen actually own?
« Reply #10 on: October 29, 2019, 01:52:00 PM »

(If he ever owned a Cobra I would guess that Ned would know about it.)
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Yep. That's why McQueen isn't listed in the Registry as an owner, but is mentioned as having enjoyed a loaner or two.

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Re: What Cobra's did Steve McQueen actually own?
« Reply #11 on: October 30, 2019, 09:45:08 AM »
Sometime back in the late Ď70ís early Ď80ís was at a car dealership in Beverly Hills. They had a red 427 and told me that it was owned by Steve McQeen. Got back home and was trying to decide ito by the car. After deciding to, it was sold to someone in Reno. Guess the salesmanís facts were alittle inflated!

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Re: What Cobra's did Steve McQueen actually own?
« Reply #12 on: October 30, 2019, 04:33:53 PM »
McQueen did drive a red 427 in a magazine article. May have been Sports Illustrated. Was a loaner.

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Re: What Cobra's did Steve McQueen actually own?
« Reply #13 on: October 31, 2019, 01:13:29 AM »
Had a Green XKSS Jag!

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Re: What Cobra's did Steve McQueen actually own?
« Reply #14 on: October 31, 2019, 02:05:55 AM »
Why buy the cow when the milk is free?

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