Steve McQueen Motorcycle at 2013 Mecum Anaheim

1938 Harley-Davidson WLD
1938 Harley-Davidson WLD

A motorcycle once owned and ridden by Steve McQueen will be among the headline offerings at the 2013 Mecum Anaheim auction, scheduled for November 21-23 at the Anaheim Convention Center in California.

As the highest paid actor of his time, McQueen is best remembered for his roles in movies like “The Great Escape,” “The Getaway,” “Bullitt” and “The Thomas Crown Affair.” In addition to his acting career, McQueen was an avid motorcycle and automotive enthusiast and a participant in off-road motorcycle racing. By the time of his death in 1980, McQueen had built up a personal collection of more than 100 classic rides.

While a part of McQueen’s vast motorcycle collection, this 1938 Harley-Davidson WLD (Lot S138.1) is more than just one of a hundred, it’s one that McQueen actually rode. The original and unrestored motorcycle was sold at the 1984 Steve McQueen estate sale at the Imperial Palace Hotel in Las Vegas. This Solo Sport edition features a Silver Tan and Sunshine Blue paint scheme and shows just 21,000 miles on its odometer. McQueen’s documented ownership will accompany the sale in addition to his personal tools found wrapped in a piece of denim in the frame-mounted tool box.

“There’s a big difference between a bike that McQueen owned and bike that McQueen rode,” commented Mecum Auctions’ Founder and President Dana Mecum.

This piece of McQueen history will cross Mecum’s auction block on Saturday, November 23, 2013 in Anaheim. Doors to the event open each day at 8 a.m. and portions of all three days of the auction will be broadcast live on Discovery’s Velocity Network. Mecum’s website is updated daily with the latest consignments including detailed descriptions and photographs of the vehicles.

For more information or to register as a bidder, visit www.mecum.com or call (262) 275-5050.

Steve McQueen with his 1938 Harley-Davidson WLD
Steve McQueen with his 1938 Harley-Davidson WLD (photo: Barbara McQueen)

[Source: Mecum]