Superstar learned to drive stick shift in it
This is the best driver ed car ever.
A 1979 Porsche 928 used in the production of Tom Cruise’s hit “Risk Business” sold for $1.98 million at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Houston on Saturday, setting a record for the model.
The gold V8-powered coupe was one of four that appeared on camera and served as the so-called “hero car” for exterior shots with Cruise behind the wheel.
It took some effort to get him there. According to the documentary “The Quest for RB 928”, 20-year-old Cruz did not know how to drive with a manual transmission and had to be taught in the same car by producer John Avnet. The film chronicles the discovery of the car, which disappeared into private ownership from the public eye before being rediscovered and turned into a famous Hollywood artifact.
The car was repainted several times for and after production, but has been restored to its on-screen color and retains its original interior. Signatures of “Risk Business” actors Bronson Pinchot, Joe Pantoliano, Curtis Armstrong and Francine Locke can be found within it, but it will be up to the new owner to track down Cruise for his autograph.
The Porsche was previously sold in 2012 for just $49,000 and would have cost less than $80,000 if not for its origins. The high bid at Barrett-Jackson was $1.8 million, with the auction fee bringing the final sale to $1.98 million.
As for the other three cars featured in the film, one was sold overseas years ago and no record exists of the other, while the last car, which (spoiler alert) ended up in Lake Michigan, was the only one. There was a body without an engine or transmission.