There are many differences between the 1986 version of Top Gunand the 36-year-old second coming Top Gun: Maverick† There’s the age difference, in the actors and the storylines, in the advanced technology and of course the hero cars.
In the first film, Kelly McGillis’ character, “Charlie”, drove a 1958 Porsche 356, or rather a replica of the real thing, built over a VW Beetle chassis. At the time, Canadian replica maker Intermeccanica built it for the film.
That said, the hero car of Top Gun: Maverick, didn’t need a replica. This 1973 Porsche 911 S is an original number to match and was loaned to the production house by San Diego resident Nick Psyllos. Psyllos is not just a Porsche owner, he is a serious one Porsche collector and owns or has owned more than 10 Porsches, including a 1972 911 ST tribute car in tangerine orange.
Jennifer Connelly actually drove it in the movie, and Psyllos not only made quite a bit of money off the Porsche, but now he has a bona fide Top Gun Porsche to earn even more money later on. This brings us to the all-important question. How much does a Porsche 911 S classic from the 70s or 60s cost? Let’s find out.
One of the coolest sports car classics
The Porsche 911 S coupé from 1973 that was used in Top Gun: Maverick is one of the best Porsche sports cars of the era, especially since from 1974 onwards Porsche ditched that sleek, long bumper in favor of American safety versions. This pre-impact bumper is still highly prized today, just like anything with less safety but more style. That being said; the safety bumper looked thicker and made the Porche look just a little forced.
At the time, the HiPo 1973 Porsche 911 S came with a 2.4-liter engine with 190 hp. All this power was matched with a new “Type 915” transmission taken from Porsche race cars for easier, faster shifting, making it faster. It rode on Fuchs wheels with the iconic six-spoke design and also featured a new front chin spoiler with reduced front-end lift. It was so effective that it went into all 911 cars, across the board.
With all this, the 1973 Porsche 911 S was not cheap, with a resale value of over $10,000. If you added more options, you also paid more.
The Porsche 911 S from 1973 rises in prices
The Porsche 911 S, and not only from 1973 but even in the years before, sells for a decent amount and according to Hagerty the prices are 9% higher than last year. A Concours Edition 911 S is worth about $286,000 todayHagerty says. Earlier this year a silver metallic Porsche 911 S sold on Bring A Trailer for $214,412†
This love for classic Porsches started overnight, as these cars usually sold for the same price as in their heyday. Now the so-called daily drivers of then have become classic collectibles of today, retailing for easily six figures. And if there is a celebrity connection, the price can jump almost sevenfold. So if you have a Porsche 911 S, especially from 1973, and in silver, we recommend that you hold it and don’t let it go until you get the price you want. If you’re in the market, get one now, before the price rises faster than the Darkstar.
Top Gun: Maverick Could take the Porsche 911 S to seven figures
Most “celebrity cars” don’t automatically start costing the sun and moon unless the celebrity is long dead, a la Elvis Presley or Marilyn Monroe. That being said; if the car is in a hit movie or TV series, the value becomes multiple, even for a Porsche.
The 1970 Porsche 911 S Steve McQueen drove Le Mans sold for a whopping $1.375 million at an RM Sotheby’s auction in 2011. This is nearly 23 times what a comparable Porsche would cost. While a Maverick Porsche doesn’t resonate the same as a Le Mans Porsche, given that the latter was driven by the hero at pivotal moments in the film, it could still mean a nice price hike.
Typical movie cars, especially popular movie cars, sell for about seven times their price, meaning the Jennifer Connelly-powered 1973 Porsche 911 S could easily exceed a million, and more. And since Connelly’s character, Penny, loves sailing fast boats, it’s not surprising to see her racing around in a fast car, right?
This isn’t the first time a Porsche has featured in a Tom Cruise hit. To give you an idea of how much a Tom Cruise powered Porsche costs, 1979 Risky Business Porsche 929 sold for $1.9 million on Barrett-Jackson last year. So there could be big numbers in store for the 1973 Porsche 911 S and Nick Psyllos.
Sources: Hagerty, Bring A Trailer, RM Sotheby’s, Barrett-Jackson