In the history of Hollywood, only a few celebrities have ever amassed a car, motorcycle and airplane collection as impressive as that of Steve McQueen who was not only Hollywood’s highest paid actor, but he was also a truly talented two or four wheels racing driver on sand, road, track and everything in between. Be it the Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta which was auctioned for $2.3 million, the 1970 Porsche 911S sold for $1.375 million, and the iconic 1968 Ford GT40 Gulf/Mirage that got sold for whopping $11 million; McQueen’s cars are not only legendary and highly valuable, but have also been extensively written about. And like McQueen's earlier cars, 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 is now expected to fetch huge prices at the auction block. A this pale yellow Chevy which was also included in the 2007 book ‘McQueen Machines: The Cars and Bikes of Hollywood Icon’ by Matt Stone is now being offered for grabs by RM Auctions’ on March 22-24 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Set to be sold without reserve, 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 on offer was masterly 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.
Besides, we have also earlier seen the sale of sale of sale sale of McQueen Le Mans Suit sold for $800,000 to become the most expensive celebrity memorabilia, the Steve McQueen watch worn in the film "Le Mans", the racing jacket worn by Steve McQueen for $50,000, beside the recent sale offering of Steve McQueen's Husqvarna 1970 Husqvarna 400 Cross.