The Steve McQueen’s Husqvarna 400CR motorcycle will be auctioned off on May 14 at Quail Lodge in Carmel, California during Bonhams’ sale of Exceptional Motorcycles & Related Memorabilia. McQueen’s favorite motorcycle, pictured on the cover of Sports Illustrated in August 1971 featured a bronzed and shirtless Steve McQueen roaring through the Hollywood Hills on a Husqvarna 400 Cross which he rode at the Elsinore Grand Prix.
The Husqvarna (or Husky as it’s affectionately known) was originally purchased from the Steve McQueen Estate Sale in 1984 at Harrah’s Auto Collection in Las Vegas. In addition to being impeccably restored and fully documented it comes with a wooden trunk marked “Husky” full of accessories. The bike is featured prominently in the cool new edition of McQueen’s Machines: The Cars and Bikes of a Hollywood Icon from Motorbooks.
More McQueen ephemera will be offered at the sale including numerous racing trophies won by the The King of Cool and die-hard motorbike enthusiast. 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. As we reported, McQueen’s 1970 Porsche 911 is also headed for auction this summer.