It doesn't get much cooler than Paul Newman racing a Porsche. The movie star's racing career may be most famously associated with Datsun and Nissan, but Newman drove this Porsche 935 at the 1979 24 Hours of Le Mans, his very first outing at the legendary endurance race. With co-drivers Dick Barbour and Rolf Stommelen, he took 2nd place overall, drawing the largest attendance the race had ever seen.
And now, Newman's very first Le Mans racer can be yours.
, chassis number 009 00030, at its Pebble Beach auction in August. It's a major piece of sports car racing history. After Newman's 1979 Le Mans debut, the car went on to be sponsored by Apple Computers, still one of the only race cars to wear the tech giant's logo. And in 1981 it scored overall victory at Le Mans with Bobby Rahal, Brian Redman, and Bob Garretson, with another first-place finish in 1983 driven by Wayne Baker, Jim Mullen and Kees Nierop.
In 2006, the car was restored by Porsche guru Paul Willison, brought back to the 1979 "Hawaiian Tropic" livery it wore for Newman's Le Mans debut. In 2007, it won Best in Class at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance.
Gooding & Co. doesn't list an estimated price for the famous racer, but you can expect it to command between $4.5 and $5.5 million at auction next month. It's the perfect combination of star power and car power.