A Steve McQueen motorbike will go on auction sale this month at International Classic MotorCycle Show in Stafford, UK. McQueen (1930-1980) was a famous Hollywood actor known for his films such as ‘The Great Escape’ and ‘The Towering Inferno,’ and was an avid dirt bike rider.
According to a press release, former McQueen‘s motorbike, a 1914 Indian Model F, will be included in the auction sale by Bonhams Spring Stafford, which will offer a total of 242 motorcycles from a lot of private collections. The 4hp motorbike was restored by a marque specialist and was bought in May 2010 by its current unnamed owner at a Bonhams auction in Carmel, California, and became a part of his private collection since then.
Apparently, this type of a early board-riding motorbike is an all-purpose motorcycle that lacked a clutch, throttle and brakes; and were push-started and run flat-out. It often reaches the speed of up to 100mph until the end of the race, when the rider would short the magneto to stop the engine.
“The men who raced these early board-track motorcycles were not only pioneers and champions of early motor racing but must also have been incredibly brave.” Ben Walker, Head of the Bonhams Motorcycle Department, said.
“In this age of health and safety the idea of riding at upto 100mph with no helmet or protective clohing, knowing you have no way of stopping in a hurry, is a terrifying thought – but this is what they did.” Walker added. The Steve McQueen motorbike is expected to be sold between £22,000 and £28,000 ($34,000 and $43,000).
Other motorcycles will be offered for auction include a 1953 Speed Twin, a 1982 TSX, a 1926 Brough Superior SS80, a 1931 SS80, a 1921 Model G, a restored 1905 Peugeot, a fully-restored 1913 Rex 896cc V-twin and a largely-untouched 1913 Excelsior 61ci Model 7C Twin.