The August 23, 1971 issue of Sports Illustrated featured a bronzed and shirtless Steve McQueen on the cover roaring through the Hollywood Hills on a Husqvarna 400 Cross which he rode at the Elsinore Grand Prix. The two-stroke Swedish powerhouse, renowned for being fast, stable, durable and easy to repair, soon replaced the Triumph as the King of Cool’s favorite dirt bike. Now the famed machine is set to cross the auction block on May 14 at Quail Lodge in Carmel, California during Bonhams’ sale of Exceptional Motorcycles & Related Memorabilia.
The bike was originally purchased from the Steve McQueen Estate Sale in 1984 at Harrah’s Auto Collection in Las Vegas. No estimate has been released but given the provenance and the fact that McQueen nostalgia is at an all-time high, expect it to far outclass any comparable model. In addition to being impeccably restored and fully documented it comes with a wooden trunk marked “Husky” full of accessories for the mean machine. Other McQueen ephemera will be offered at the sale including numerous racing trophies won by the legend of the silver screen and die-hard moto enthusiast.