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Another Bike from the King of Cool’s Garage Has Sold

Want to Guess What it Sold For?

Steve McQueen's Husqvarna Cross 500, which just sold at auction. Media sourced from This is Money.
Steve McQueen's Husqvarna Cross 500, which just sold at auction. Media sourced from This is Money.

On August 19, The Quail Auction’s gavel played host to a machine that boasted a time in the garage of The Great Escape star Steve McQueen

The bike in question? A 1971 Husqvarna 400 Cross – and according to MCN, it came with a unique feature: 

“The 1971 Husqvarna 400 Cross is said to still be in the condition it was when ridden by McQueen.”

“It has not been started since being sold in the 1984 Steve McQueen Estate Auction after his death, and still has all the dents and scratches from his use.”

Steve McQueen's Husqvarna Cross 500, which just sold at auction. Media sourced from Public News Time.
Steve McQueen’s Husqvarna Cross 500, which just sold at auction. Media sourced from Public News Time (Bonham’s before that).

You could imagine the flurry of intrigue that swept the room when the auctioneer pointed out the dedicated state of this bike. 

Regardless, the Cross 400 – which came with a certificate of authenticity, plus the bill of sale given to the buyer back in 1984 – sold for a stunning $186,500 USD. 

Steve McQueen's Husqvarna Cross 500, which just sold at auction. Media sourced from MCN.
Steve McQueen’s Husqvarna Cross 500, which just sold at auction. Media sourced from MCN.

Paired up next to the other two bikes in line – a gorgeous 1950 Vincent Rapide Series C Black Shadow, and a 1954 Norton Big 4 which sold for $51,750 and $11,500 – the Cross was undoubtedly the bella donna of the hour.

She even beat the iconic McQueen-owned 1968 Husqvarna Viking 360 that we covered back in August of last year.

Steve McQueen's Husqvarna Cross 500, which just sold at auction. Media sourced from Journal Break.
Steve McQueen’s Husqvarna Cross 500, which just sold at auction. Media sourced from Journal Break.

With daredevils like McQueen continuing to carve our good bike community into a new era, we look forward to seeing the impact of future bikes to hit the block.

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*Media sourced from MCN, This is Money, Journal Break and Public News Time*