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Old 11-11-2013, 10:26 PM   #1
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Steve McQueen's 1938 Harley-Davidson

Steve McQueen's 1938 Harley-Davidson heads to the auction block

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No one will ever be as cool as Steve McQueen, but owning his Harley-Davidson might be the next best thing.
McQueen's 1938 Harley WLD Solo Sport will be sold at a Mecum Auctions event in Anaheim, California. The bike still wears its original factory paint, and its odometer shows 21,000 miles.
The Harley's pedigree is fully documented, including a certificate of authenticity from McQueen's 1984 estate sale. It also comes with a few of McQueen's own tools, which were found in a frame-mounted tool box when the bike was first sold.

The last major McQueen motoring artifact to cross the auction block was a 1951 Chevrolet Styleline DeLuxe Convertible. McQueen drove in his last film, The Hunter, and purchased after shooting wrapped. Subsequently bought by Rick Harrison, of the History Channel show "Pawn Stars," the Chevy sold for $88,000 at an Auctions America event last January.
That's chump change compared to the $984,000 paid for the Nomex fire suit McQueen wore in Le Mans, or the $1.375 million paid for the 1971 Porsche 911S McQueen drove in that iconic movie.
Seemingly everything associated with the King of Cool attracts money, and this Harley probably won't be any different.
The Mecum Anaheim auction will be held November 21 through 23, with the Harley-Davidson scheduled to be sold on the final day. For more details, visit the Mecum website.
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Old 11-12-2013, 12:44 PM   #2
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Steve McQueen was a Triumph guy. At some point in his life he owned just about everything, but Triumphs were his favorite motorcycle.
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Old 11-12-2013, 03:31 PM   #3
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Steve McQueen was a Triumph guy. At some point in his life he owned just about everything, but Triumphs were his favorite motorcycle.
"The Farce is strong with this one."
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Old 11-12-2013, 05:40 PM   #4
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and his favorite bike was an old Indian. So this leaves this HD in the "also ran" category. He had about 200 bikes when he died, so pinning his name on this one really doesn't mean a lot.
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Old 11-12-2013, 06:10 PM   #5
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Steve McQueen was a Triumph guy. At some point in his life he owned just about everything, but Triumphs were his favorite motorcycle.
Urban legend has it that at his estate auction his wife Nellie Adams mentioned in a talk in front of those gathered that "Steve liked to fuck blondes but always married brunettes"

Seems like he was well rounded as well as the King of Cool
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Old 11-12-2013, 07:14 PM   #6
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Latus Motors in Gladstone Oregon has a Formerly Steve McQueen onwed 1938 (?) Harley with a side Car. It has been on display there for years.
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Old 11-12-2013, 08:26 PM   #7
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Steve McQueen was a Triumph guy. At some point in his life he owned just about everything, but Triumphs were his favorite motorcycle.
And per the pics on the Mecum website he drank Old Milwaukee beer... That must mean something!
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