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Risky Business 1979 Porsche Up For Auction
One of three 1979 Porsche 928′s that were used in the movie “Risky Business” is slated to be auctioned off on July 30-31, 2012. The movie, which starred Tom Cruise, is often remembered not only for being a huge hit, but for the many scenes that featured the Porsche 928. The auction, which will be held in Hollywood, California, is open to anyone who wishes to own one of the most popular movie automobiles of all time.
Those interested in bidding on the car may be surprised to find out that the odometer reading comes in at 102,755 miles. While this may seem quite excessive for a movie car, there is a good reason that the number is high. Porsche refused to allow director Paul Brickman to feature their newer cars in the film. Brickman therefore purchased previously owned Porche’s and used them in the filming. With the film serving as a huge advertisement for Porsche automobiles, one is left to wonder if the company regrets not allowing the use of a new model. Another question would be whether or not Porsche will participate in the bidding.
The predicted selling price is $60,000. It would not be surprising to see such an iconic vehicle sell for more than that amount. In addition to the possibility that Porsche could desire to purchase the vehicle, it is possible that Tom Cruise himself may want to own the car from the movie that helped launch his career. The list of bidders remains to be seen at this time.
This particular Porsche was used in many of the scenes that required the vehicle to be in full view. This was also the vehicle that was used in the “Guido the Pimp” chase scene. The Porsche has a 5-speed transmission, and is reported to be the car that Tom Cruise used to first learn how to drive a stick shift in. Other stories surrounding the vehicle include one where Sean Penn snuck onto the set and turned the ignition off just as Cruise was getting ready to drive.
Profiles in History is handling the auction of the famous 1979 Porsche 928. The vehicle will be included in their Hollywood Treasure From the Vaults sale. This auction will also include other modes of transportation including the Hero “Hell Cycle” from the movie “Ghost Rider” and Natalie Wood’s 1967 250SL Mercedes Benz. Nearly 1,000 items will be auction off over a two day period. The full catalog can be viewed online at: www.profilesinhistory.com
Date: July 21, 2012 at 3:07 pm- by Leslie Miller- Posted in Automobiles, Porsche and tagged 1979 porsche 928, hollywood auction, movie car auction, Porsche auction, risky business porsche, tom cruise porsche- Comment(s): 1