Bikes belonged to two of the most famous motorcyclists in film, Steve McQueen and Dennis Hopper, go under the hammer. From July 26-27, all fans of film bikes will have a chance to bid for interesting part of history at Mecum Celebrity Items Auction in Santa Monica, California.
First vintage, celebrity motorcycle is McQueen’s, a 1971 Husqvarna 400 Cross, one of his favorite off-road and racing bikes, and one famously appearing with him on the cover of Sports Illustrated. With its signature red and chrome gas tank patch, mud flap, Magura cables, and brake and clutch lever dust covers, is identical to the one McQueen famously rode shirtless in the whimsical beach scene outside of Camp Pendleton for “On Any Sunday.”
This is the first time ever a Hopper bike has been offered at auction – Hopper’s 1968 Husqvarna 250T Commando, one of only 300 Commando’s ever produced. Originally registered to Dennis Lee Hopper of Venice, California, bike includes many special features: 21″ front, single cylinder two-stroke engine, CEV speedometer, headlight, horn and tail light, leather tank bag and single muffler.
Other Steve McQueen’s interesting items to be offered on sale include 1931 Harley Davidson VL 74 and his 1890s Hendee & Nelson Silver King Bicycle, as well as and 1969 Chevrolet C/10 Baja Truck.
Other collector cars to be featured include Elvis Presley’s personal 1972 Cadillac Custom Estate Wagon , Frank Sinatra’s personal 1989 Jaguar XJS, a George Barris Custom built 1957 Chevy Coupe for Ringo Starr, Bette Davis’ 1980 Ford Mustang, a 1965 Chrysler Imperial used in the 2011 film The Green Hornet, the 1973 Chevrolet El Camino used in the popular TV series My Name is Earl, a 2007 GMC Yukon featured in CSI: Miami and the custom-made “Flintstone Family Car” from the 1994 feature film The Flintstones.