Celebrity Santa Monica sale

By Web editor, 26 July 2013
McQueen's Harley-Davidson

A 1968 Husqvarna 250 T Commando owned by Dennis Hopper and Steve McQueen's 1931 Harley-Davidson and 1971 'Husky' 400 Cross are three of the lots at this weekend's Mecum auction in Santa Monica...

Hopper's Husqvarna 250T Commando is one of only 300 made and includes many special features.

The rare motorcycle was acquired by a private collector in 2011 and underwent a year-long restoration.

Steve McQueen's 1931 Harley Davidson VL 74  is a twin-flathead which was one of the most popular touring bikes Harley ever produced. Reliable and sleek for its time, the VL 74 captured the imagination of motorcyclists worldwide and established new standards for the industry.

This Harley was a restoration McQueen was actively working on at the end of his life in Santa Paula, California, where he owned a hangar and large garage for his car and motorcycles. It first sold as Lot 601 at the Steve McQueen Estate Auction November 24-25, 1984 at the Imperial Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. It includes the original engine, body and frame, and the paint reflects a period-correct color combination of red, black and gold.

McQueen's 'Husky' underwent a year-long restoration process in 2012. All parts were sandblasted and painted with era correct colors. The motor was completely disassembled and fitted with new piston and rings, bearings, and cables. The bike has not been started, although it is in perfect running condition.

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