Few actors have loved motorcycles more than Steve McQueen.
To say the "The King of Cool" was a motorcycle aficionado would be an understatement. McQueen, one of the most popular actors of his time, lived and breathed motorcycles. At the time of his death in 1980, McQueen owned more than 100 bikes, many of which have been sold already.
And now, one of those bikes, a 1931 Harley Davidson VL 74, is set to hit the auction block for the second time. The bike, which was built the same year McQueen was born, was awaiting restoration at the time of McQueen's death, and he never saw the finished product. It was finished and sold for the first time in Las Vegas in 1984.
McQueen's widow, Barbara, says The Sand Pebbles star would have been very happy with how the bike looks now.
"Steve was fanatical about antique motorcycles and we once drove 700 miles on a whim to go see a rare bike," Barbara said in a press release issued by Mecum Auctions. "He had an encyclopedic mind when it came to every make and model, and knew the entire history of all his bikes. The Harley was definitely done to Steve's standards and he would have dug it."
The bike will be put up for sale at Mecum’s inaugural Celebrity Items Auction on July 26-27, in Santa Monica, California. According to the Wall Street Journal, the motorcycle could sell for between $60,000 and $80,000.