Steve McQueen’s Husqvarna Up for Auction
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Scheduled to take place on May 14 at Quail Lodge, Bonhams' sale of "Exceptional Motorcycles & Related Memorabilia" will include what they say is the very motorcycle featured on the front cover of the August 1971 issue of Sports Illustrated being ridden by none other than "The King of Cool," Steve McQueen.
The 1971 Husqvarna 400 was originally purchased from the Steve McQueen Estate Sale in 1984 at Harrah's Auto Collection in Las Vegas. In addition to its title of former owner, authentic documentation and immortal association, the Swedish-made dirt bike – which son Chad McQueen reportedly said was his father's favorite off-road brand – comes with a wooden trunk of accessories as owned by McQueen.
“Other McQueen ephemera will be offered at the sale including numerous racing trophies won by this legend of the silver screen,” Bonhams says.
Last year's sale at Quail Lodge saw a rare 1910 Royal Pioneer Single sell for $92,000, the only known surviving 1914 Flanders Model D Twin – , formerly owned by L.A. newspaper scion Otis Chandler – , gosell for $78,200, and a pristinely restored 1913 Flying Merkel Single Board Track Racer sellgo for $64,975, to name just a few couple.
Additionally, bikes of pedigree were on offer, including the ex-Rody Rodenberg factory-modified 1940 Triumph T100 Tiger Competition and a 1972 Harley-Davidson XR 750 TT, famous as the model that legend Cal Rayborn used to vanquish many a competitor.
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