Steve McQueen And Von Dutch Motorcycles To Be Offered At Las Vegas Auction.

bohnams1bohnams2Indians and Triumphs from the King of Cool Steve McQueen and of King of Kustom Kulture Von Dutch will be some of the many highlights at Bonhams anticipated January 9th auction at Las Vegas Bally’s Hotel & Casino. McQueen had a special affection for the Indian brand and Bonhams is very pleased to announce that it has been entrusted to represent two of his formerly owned Indians, one of which was restored by his good friend Von Dutch.

One is a 74cu (1200cc) Indian, a very exclusive motorcycle of its day, capable of reaching speeds of 90mph. Sold at the Steve McQueen Estate Sale in Las Vegas in 1984, this authentic, beautifully restored machine even has Von Dutch’s personalized business card lacquered into the dash of the sidecar. The other Indian is a 1935 Indian Chief. Fast, powerful and iconic, this too was originally sold at the Steve McQueen Estate Sale in Las Vegas in 1984 and comes fully documented and in pristine condition.

Three Triumph motorcycles benefitting from the wholly distinct handiwork of Von Dutch – one of the fathers and the most prominent figure of “SoCal Kustom Kulture” – will also be represented: a 1949 Triumph Thunderbird Bobber featured in the definitive book The Art of Von Dutch, a 1961 Triumph TR5C custom painted in 1966, and a 1964 Triumph TR6 that features a pioneering and signature Von Dutch custom paint job as well as several unique modifications.

These and many more rare and exciting motorcycles – including the Silverman Museum Racing Collection of Ducatis and the Pierce Museum Collection of Harley-Davidsons – will be at the Bonhams Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction on Thursday, January 9th at Bally’s Hotel & Casino on The Strip. To order a catalog and register to bid, in person or remotely, please visit Bonhams Las Vegas.

Barnett Harley-Davidson

4 Responses to “Steve McQueen And Von Dutch Motorcycles To Be Offered At Las Vegas Auction.”


  1. 1 James just another Crazy Kiwi Dec 27th, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    Who needs Viagra, I had a 51 Thunderbird …so beautiful
    Owning that would be nirvana

  2. 2 nicker Dec 27th, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    In the early 60′s you couldn’t give away an Indian or WL..

    Late 40s and 50s triumphs and BSAs were everywhere.
    (mostly converted as dirt bikes)

    And the OEM sheet metal we threw away is worth a fortune today..

    Who’da thought. it……. :-(

    -nicker-

  3. 3 B. D. Howard Dec 28th, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    When I think of the prices commanded today for so many of the vehicles that have passed through my hands over the years, it makes me sick.

    But then I think of the bargains I found back then, a ’53 Triumph Thunderbird that I bought for $75, or the ’57 Chrysler Imperial w/ its original 392 hemi that I bought for $100, or the…

    The list goes on and on. I just made myself feel very old…

  4. 4 Iron Horse Dec 28th, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    B.D. Howard…my thoughts exactly.

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