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Lot 282: Steve McQueen's 1971 Husqvarna Moto-Cross 250 motorcycle.Platinum House
December 21, 2013
Calabasas Hills, CA, USALive Auction
282. Steve McQueen’s 1971 Husqvarna Moto-Cross 250 motorcycle. Steve McQueen became associated with the Swedish brand Husqvarna in the early 70s, quickly becoming his preferred mount, and subsequently featured in many of his movies and photo shoots. This red and silver 1971 Husqvarna Moto-Cross 250 motorcycle is fully documented with the original Med-International Husqvarna dealer invoice, dated October 19, 1971, reflecting Solar Productions, McQueen’s production company, as being the buyer of “Husky Moto-Cross 250cc Frame # MI-4473 / Engine # 254319” for the total price of $898. There is a typed note at the bottom of the invoice stating, “Ship to Valerians for Steve to have picked up.” Also included is the original Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin document, dated October 19, 1971, stating the matching Solar Productions buyer information, complete with matching make, model and serial number. Under the influence of friend and stunt man Bud Ekins (who made the famous motorcycle jump over the fence in The Great Escape), McQueen usually rode Triumphs in the 1960s. But when Husqvarna appeared in the States, McQueen found another favorite, and famously rode a Husky in the 1971 film On Any Sunday. The film created thousands of first time bikers in the U.S. and worldwide, and sales exploded for Husqvarna overnight. This Husqvarna 250 Cross is just like the bike McQueen rode at Lake Elsinore when he competed and raced at in 1970 & 1971 in “expert” class. The motorcycle has been restored; with the exception of some paint loss on the front fender, it remains in excellent running condition. The last McQueen Husqvarna, also a 1971 but a 400 Cross model, set a world record when it sold in 2011 for $144,500. Special shipping arrangements will apply.
$50,000 - $70,000