Rare Steve McQueen Husqvarna could make his fortune in Monterey
Steve McQueen, the iconic actor known as the King of Cool, has ridden many motorcycles in his films and for his hobbies. Several vintage bikes from the actor’s estate have been sold.
But the first Husqvarna mountain bike The possessed McQueen is particularly revered. And the legendary machine could cost several hundred thousand dollars when it goes up for auction at RM Sotheby’s August 12-14 during Monterey Auto Week.
McQueen’s coveted two-wheeler is a 1968 Husqvarna Viking 360 classic. He is believed to have first seen the high-octane Husky tear up the track during a series of races in the South. California in 1968.
Steve McQueen: motorcycle icon
After seeing famous motocross rider Bengt Åberg in the saddle, McQueen bought the bike from the Swedish rider after the third race. Powered by a 360 cc two-stroke single-cylinder engine, the motorcycle produces 37 horsepower and weighs 215 pounds.
According to industry reports, the 1968 Husqvarna Viking 360 was restored in 2014 and will be auctioned off on a Utah title. It has its original engine, a 32mm Bing carburetor and a 4-speed gearbox. It is equipped with a PowerDynamo electronic ignition.
McQueen, who died in 1980, is said to have had over 200 motorcycles in his collection. He drove a 400 Cross and in the 1971 motorcycle racing documentary On Any Sunday and is arguably his most famous Husky. It sold for $ 230,500 at the Bonham auction in 2018.
But the first mountain bike owned by McQueen? It could sell for more than the 400 Cross.