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Dune Buggy Steve McQueen Used to Sweep Faye Dunaway Off Her Feet Soon on Sale

Back in the 1960s, there were two big names that mattered when it came to action movies that involved carss: the fictional James Bond and the non-fictional Steve McQueen. Both have given birth to so many iconic on-screen moments that to this day items used in their films keep selling for big bucks at auction.
Meyers Manx dune buggy from The Thomas Crown Affair 6 photos
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With the news of the Bond 1965 Aston Martin DB5 selling for a record 6.38 million still fresh in our minds, we get news of another unique vehicle going under the hammer.

Admittedly not that impressive in terms of gadgetry when compared to the DB5, the Meyers Manx dune buggy shown in 1968's The Thomas Crown Affair movie has something no Bond car will ever have: moments spent with both Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway in one of the most iconic scenes of that decade.

But that's not all. This particular buggy has been customized to the specifications of McQueen himself, and tweaked by off-roading legend Pete Condos.

As McQueen himself said back in the day, the dune buggy is "set on a Volkswagen chassis with big ol' wide weenies" and a "Corvair engine stuffed in the back" that develops 230 hp.

"It's very light, you know. It's pulling about 230 horses and weighs about a thousand pounds," McQueen said decades ago.

The movie star enjoyed the buggy so much that even he owned one, albeit not as modified as the one used in the film.

The vehicle will be up for grabs in March 2020, during the Amelia Island auction hosted by Bonhams. The auction house did not say how much it expects to get for it.

Because that's a long time from now, Bonhams is displaying the dune buggy from at the Quail Lodge in Carmel, California this week. The event is used by Bonhams as the perfect venue to sell yet another of McQueen's cars, a 1949 Chevrolet 3100 pickup truck.

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