On March 22-24 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Auctions America will offer a highly reliable and classy 1951 Chevrolet Styleline DeLuxe Convetible Coupe owned and driven by Steve McQueen frequently in the final movie of his illustrious career ‘The Hunter’ in 1980. It is expected to reach huge prices at the auction. Any car that are associated with the name Steve McQueen are a good catch for fans and collectors. In addition to being a superb actor, Steve McQueen was very familiar with cars and motorcycles and had a passion for them.
McQueen was an avid dirt bike rider, running a BSA Hornet. He was to co-drive in a Triumph 2500 PI for the British Leyland team in the 1970 London-Mexico rally, but had to turn it down due to movie commitments. When he had the opportunity to drive in a movie, he performed many of his own stunts. Perhaps the most memorable were the car chase in Bullitt and motorcycle chase in The Great Escape.
McQueen had collected wide range of classic motorcycles. By the time of his death, his collection included over 100 and was valued in the millions of dollars. He owned several exotic sports cars, including: Porsche 917, Porsche 908 and Ferrari 512 race cars from the Le Mans film, 1963 Ferrari 250 Lusso Berlinetta, Jaguar D-Type XKSS (Right-Hand Drive), Porsche 356 Speedster.
This pale yellow Chevy was bought by ‘King of Cool’, the poised anti-hero who frequently performed his own stunt after filming of The Hunter wrapped, and is now owned by Rick Harrison of the ‘Pawn Stars’ TV program who purchased it at the actor’s estate auction held at Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino on Nov. 24th and 25th in Las Vegas, Nevada. The car was restored to primarily original factory specifications some 10 years, and has been converted to a 12-volt electrical system and also features a 1980s or 90s aftermarket stereo that is installed below the dashboard.
Everything related with Steve McQueen’s name reaches an incredible price. We’ll see if this will be the case with 1951 Chevrolet Styleline DeLuxe Convetible Coupe.