Green Rat

McQueen Ride to be Viewed at Pinehurst

Larry Jewett - April 26, 2014 02:52 PM


Steve McQueen's "Green Rat" makes a visit to the East Coast at the Pinehurst Concours

Courtesy of Petersen Museum

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      A 1956 Jaguar XKSS owned by movie legend Steve McQueen, now housed at the world famous Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, will make the cross country trip from California to North Carolina and be displayed at the 2014 Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance.
      A Jaguar D-type racer with the modifications necessary to make the car street legal, only 16 XKSS models were produced, with McQueen owning one he affectionately called the “Green Rat.”
      "The 1956 Jaguar XKSS is one of the crown jewels of the Petersen's collection," said Terry Karges, Executive Director of the Petersen Automotive Museum. "Not only is it a stunningly beautiful car, but when you add in the 'King of Cool' and his ownership of the vehicle, it becomes one of the most valuable and interesting pieces at the museum.”
      McQueen acquired the Jaguar in 1958, and quickly developed a reputation for amassing speeding tickets behind the wheel of the Green Rat. The XKSS was reportedly responsible for McQueen’s license being suspended two times.
       The actor sold the Jaguar in 1969, but soon regretted his decision. In 1977, he repurchased the car and retained ownership until his death of mesothelioma in 1980. It sported several custom touches not found on other XKSS models, including a leather interior and a glove box door, used to store McQueen’s sunglasses. Delivered from the factory in white with a red interior, the color was changed to British racing green with a black interior under McQueen’s ownership.
      In addition to this Jaguar, Pinehurst Concours will feature other rare cars. They include a 1959 Cadillac Series 62, a 1960 Plymouth Fury Golden Commando 395, a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air and a 1930 Packard 734F. Details for the event, May 2-4, can be found at