Not completely convinced that McQueen would have ordered this type of custom bike, but I am told that it was created by East Side Custom Choppers with the approval and participation of Barbara Minty McQueen, Steve’s widow. So, I may be wrong. Who knows?
The bike was constructed in 2007 and presented in conjunction with the debut of “An American Rebel”, a documentary film about McQueen’s life, and the release of “The Last Mile,” Minty McQueen’s highly personal book about her time with the actor during his final years.
Besides it sporty underpinnings, the bike’s graphics treatment sets it apart from other customs. Various McQueen movie logos adorn the bodywork, as does a barbed-wire theme taken from “The Great Escape,” one of the star’s best-loved movies, in which he did much of his own stunt riding. A Gulf Oil roundel recalls “Le Mans,” McQueen’s 1971 ode to the 24-hour car race. The top of the gas tank contains an airbrushed likeness of McQueen from “Bullitt,” plus a good luck medallion passed down from McQueen’s father to his son and an inscription from Minty McQueen.
To be auctioned in Las Vegas January 10th by Bonhams. Location: The Grand Ballroom of Bally’s Hotel & Casino on The Strip. Schedule: • Preview Day: Wednesday 9th, 10:00am-5:00pm • Memorabilia Auction: Thursday 10th, 10:00am • Motorcycle Auction: Thursday, 10th, 12:00 noon. Catalog: $45. Admission Fee: none.