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Rare Steve McQueen Husqvarna could fetch fortune in Monterey

Steve McQueen during the filming of The Great Escape

Steve McQueen, the iconic actor known as the King of Cool, rode many motorcycles in his movies and for recreation. Several vintage bikes from the actor’s estate have sold.

But the first Husqvarna dirt bike McQueen owned is particularly revered. And the machine of legend could several hundred thousand dollars when it’s auctioned during RM Sotheby’s sale Aug. 12-14 during Monterey Auto Week.

Steve McQueen owned about 200 motorcycles but his first bike was a Husyvyrna 360 and it wil up for auction at RM Sotheby's sale August 12-14 during Monterey Auto Week.
Steve McQueen owned about 200 motorcycles but his first bike was a Husyvyrna 360 and it will be up for auction at RM Sotheby’s sale August 12-14 during Monterey Auto Week.

McQueen’s coveted two-wheeler is a classic 1968 Husqvarna Viking 360. It’s believed he first saw the high-octane Husky tear up the track during a series of races in Southern California in 1968.

Steve McQueen: Motorcycle Icon

After watching acclaimed motocross rider Bengt Åberg in the saddle, McQueen bought the bike from Swedish rider after the third race. Powered by a single-cylinder, 360 cc two-stroke 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 on a Utah title. It has its original engine, 32mm Bing carburetor and a 4-speed gearbox. It’s been fitted with a PowerDynamo electronic ignition.

McQueen, who died in 1980, reportedly had more than 200 motorcycles in his collection. He rode 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 Bonham’s Auction in 2018.

But the first dirt bike McQueen owned? It could sell for more than the 400 Cross.

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