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Lot 305: Chevrolet 3100 Pick-up

Motorcycle and Motorcars, Bonhams & Butterfields (14 November 2009)

Steve McQueen owned many fast, exotic cars throughout his legendary life. But the publicity shy acting icon also appreciated well worn pickup trucks for two reasons. The first was for their intrinsic, utilitarian capabilities. The second was for their use as stealth cover. McQueen often cruised around Hollywood and Beverly Hills in a beat up truck, wearing sunglasses and a cowboy hat, flying beneath the radar of what we now call paparazzi. He usually kept a truck at his home in the Trancas area of Malibu, and had others at his Santa Paula airport hanger. He even stashed an old GMC at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel parking garage. Among the many pickups he owned during the later years of his life was this robust 3100 series Chevrolet.

He was particularly fond of customizing his vehicles  no matter how pedestrian or unique  to make them truly his own. Third wife Barbara Minty McQueen recalls the instance when he purchased a pair of rectangular "blue dot" taillights (a particular favorite of hot rodders) at a swap meet, and installed them on this truck. The Chevy was owned by the couple at the time of Steve McQueen's passing in November of 1980, and has remained in Ms. Minty McQueen's ownership and possession since. Note that the last registration expired in 1981. It is in the same state as when last used and driven by the King of Cool, and is presented in unrestored condition.

Lot Details
Auction Motorcycle and Motorcars
Bonhams & Butterfields, Los Angeles
TypeCommercial
Lot Number305
Estimate$20000-$30000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price$30000
Hammer Price (inc premium)$35100
Year1949
Condition rating0
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Mileage-
Chassis number3GP-K30125
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