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McQueen-owned Baja race sells for $60,000; other vehicles fail to sell at

1969 Chevrolet Baja truck, once owned by McQueen. Photos courtesy Auctions.

A Vic Hickey-prepared 1969 pickup Baja racer. owned by Steve McQueen and to be the first truck specifically by GM for use in the Mexican 1000 Rally predecessor of the Baja 1000), at last weekend’s Mecum Monica auction for $60,000. One of motorized vehicles (including a pickup and a pair of motorcycles) with the late actor at the the Chevrolet was the only one to go home a new owner after topping its price.

Debuting in the inaugural Mexican 1000, the Chevrolet was first raced by Cliff and Johnny Diaz. A mere 80 from the starting line, it intake valves on six of its eight despite this, Coleman and limped the pickup back to sourced a new pair of heads and to the race, finishing in just 36 hours.

The C10 (or technically, a K10 due to its four-wheel drive was next raced by Coleman in the Mint 400, before purchased by McQueen (as part of a lot of race vehicles) in 1970. no evidence that McQueen the truck himself, though legend Mickey Thompson it to a win at Riverside during the actor’s

In 1972, the truck was among the sold by McQueen to fund a settlement, and Joe Metcalf, a Vic Hickey bought it to use on his farm for several Though no longer original original V-8 engine has been to time), the truck reportedly its original paint along “period correct” decals. At a price of $60,000, its new owner a relative bargain for a vehicle both a racing pedigree and to McQueen; after all, a Chevrolet Styleline Deluxe once owned by McQueen sold for $84,000.

1952 Chevrolet 3800 with custom camper

A 1952 Chevrolet 3800 with a custom-built camper and far more significant ties to also crossed the block in Monica. Reportedly purchased by the actor on a whim in February of it was said to be used on several camping trips. Oddly it was also the vehicle chosen by for his drive to the Ventura County on November 3, 1980, en route to his (and futile) … in Juarez, Mexico.

According to Mecum’s auction the truck carries its original frame and body work, and wears the same Forest paint it sported from the The license plates are original, as is the in the truck’s custom-built “Dust-Tite” shell, meaning its next can sleep on the same cushion occupied by McQueen himself. reached a high of $70,000, but was not enough to meet the pickup’s

1931 Harley-Davidson VL 74, restored McQueen’s ….

At the time of his McQueen was actively working on the of several vehicles in his expansive Among them was a 1931 VL 74. which has since been restored in period-correct colors the original frame, bodywork and flathead V-twin engine. not clear if McQueen ever this particular motorcycle, its a safe bet that the actor time disassembling the bike its restoration process.

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Advertised as “not in running the Harley-Davidson VL 74 bid up to $75,000, which to cover its reserve price.

Husqvarna 400 Cross.

McQueen off-road motorcycles, too, and had an for models made by Swedish Husqvarna. Frequently seen on motorcycles, McQueen was photographed a Husky Cross for the cover of Illustrated magazine, and also for a Husky Cross in a scene the classic documentary On Any Sunday . In of 1971, McQueen purchased a Husqvarna 360 Enduro, but found particular model didn’t his preferences.

Instead, McQueen swapped the for the Husqvarna 400 Cross offered by which he took delivery of in of 1972. McQueen’s Husky underwent an extensive restoration in including an engine rebuild and a of frame and bodywork in period-correct Since restoration, the bike has not started (though it’s to be in running condition), meaning the owner gets to decide if the will be ridden or preserved for display only.

Bidding a high of $50,000, but the McQueen was a no-sale at this price.

For results from Mecum’s Monica celebrity auction, .

UPDATE 7/31: The tweed sport coat by Steve McQueen in Bullitt a hammer price of $720,000 at Profiles in History sale. easily beat the low pre-auction of $600,000, but failed to best the estimate of $800,000.

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