Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys®: Steve McQueen’s Legendary Motorcycle Up for Auction
Steve McQueen’s historic 1970 Husqvarna 400 CrossOne of the most iconic bikes ever, will be auctioned off by Bonhams in Las Vegas on January 10th at Bally’s Hotel and Casino. McQueen, an avid bike enthusiast, was instrumental in the development of the Husqvarna brand throughout the 1970’s, just as the brand was establishing a foothold on American soil.
McQueen is best known for his many movie roles in which he almost always had a motorcycle. Arguably the most famous of these McQueen motorcycle movies, “The Great Escape”, portrayed McQueen’s character, a rebellious POW, with a penchant for getting into trouble, riding across the landscape attempting to avert Nazi soldiers from recapturing him. The movie, based on a true story, tells the tale of how a handful of American and other Allied soldiers were imprisoned by Nazis in World War Two. As most are aware, the group constructs a tunnel, using indigenous materials and methods to break out of a Nazi concentration camp. All escapees are seen attempting to run via various methods and McQueen’s character is seen riding off on a 1960’s Triumph motorcycle toward freedom.
Along with The Great Escape, McQueen starred in many other films throughout the 1960’s and 70’s, including Bullitt, Le Mans, The Getaway and The Towering Inferno are just a few examples. An extremely popular star, sometimes referenced as the “King of Cool”, McQueen often appeared on the Tonight Show and was referenced in the Rolling Stones track entitled “Star Star”, in which they sing about McQueen’s tumultuous love life.
Along with his life as a movie celebrity, McQueen was an avid race enthusiast, and participated in, and won the 12 Hours of Sebring Race in 1970. Demonstrating his affection for motorcycles, McQueen also participated in numerous off-road motorcycle races like the Baja 1000, the Elsinore Grand Prix and Mint 400. While studying to become an actor, McQueen, in fact, raced motorcycles on weekends to support himself and even purchased his first bike with some of his winnings.
Tragically, McQueen passed away in 1980 at the age of 50 but his legacy of ‘cool” has lived on as is evidenced by the level of interest in the Husqvarna being auctioned in Las Vegas Nevada.
If you’re in Las Vegas Nevada, you may be able to see a piece of history sold to one motorcycle enthusiast, but McQueen’s bike isn’t the only interesting piece. Along with it, for sale is a set of 4 BMW racing bikes, a historic BMW RS255 Kompressor from 1939, one of the original American motorcycles, a on of a kind Leo motorcycle from 1905 among others. Also for auction are many historic racing photos, Grand Prix posters and road signs that can satisfy the appetite of any race enthusiast. Be sure to check it out if you have the chance.
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