McQueen’s Husky

Steals the show

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Aust$325,937 for an old dirt bike? That’s the stag­ger­ing fig­ure ob­tained at Bon­ham’s Alabama auc­tion on Oc­to­ber 7th for the 1970 Husq­varna 400 Cross owned by the late ac­tor Steve McQueen and rid­den by him in the iconic movie On Any Sun­day. Even McQueen’s Bell 500RT hel­met went for an eye-wa­ter­ing Aust$30,932. This was the first Bon­ham’s auc­tion held in con­junc­tion with the Bar­ber Mo­tor­sports Mu­seum in Birm­ing­ham, Alabama, with to­tal sales reach­ing nearly US$1.5 mil­lion. Other stars in­cluded the rare Ger­man 1928 Wind­hoff Four that achieved a new world record for the mar­que when it sold for US$230,500, and the orig­i­nal 1974 Du­cati 750 SS that sailed past its es­ti­mate to make US$137,000. Other col­lec­tors’ mo­tor­cy­cles that per­formed strongly in­cluded a 1936 Brough Su­pe­rior SS80 that sold for US$115,000 and a 1989 Honda RC30 sold for US$27,025. A ‘sand cast’ 1969 Honda CB750 brought US$36,800. Amongst the au­to­mo­bilia, Mike Hail­wood’s rac­ing leathers from the 1971 Day­tona 200 (Aust $23,862) and early pud­ding basin hel­met (Aust $5,302) were stand­outs. In con­trast, a col­lec­tion of rac­ing vests and leather gloves worn by Ir­ish le­gend Stan­ley Woods was knocked down for a bar­gain US$525.00. For com­plete re­sults, visit Bon­hams.com/Bar­ber. To learn more about up­com­ing Bon­hams’ motoring sales around the world, go to Bon­hams.com/Motoring.

FROM LEFT The Steve McQueen Husky; 1974 Du­cati 750SS with 16,700 km from new; Mike Hail­wood’s Cromwell hel­met from his teenage rac­ing days; The Bates leathers worn by Mike Hail­wood at Day­tona in 1971.

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