The King of Cool clearly had an eclectic taste in cars.
To auto enthusiasts, Steve McQueen, a.k.a. ‘The King Of Cool,’ is best known for tearing up the streets of San Francisco in a Ford Mustang 390 GT during the iconic chase scene in the 1968 film Bullitt. Being passionate about all things automotive, McQueen’s vast car collection included exotics such as a Ferrari 275 GTB/4, Jaguar XKSS, and Porsche 911S. Clearly, the man had an eclectic taste in cars because he also owned this vintage 1945 Willys Jeep, which will be sold at an upcoming auction next month.
McQueen originally bought the rugged off-roader directly from the US army. It was sold at an auction four years after his death in 1984 for $6,000. That may not sound like a lot for a vehicle with a celebrity on the previous owner list today, but this was around ten times the going rate for a WW2 Jeep at the time. Remarkably, this 73-year old Jeep has only had three owners in its entire life.
Despite its age, the vintage Jeep is in immaculate condition. Since being imported to the UK, it’s received a comprehensive restoration back to the condition it would have been when McQueen originally owned it. It also includes a commemorative plaque on the dashboard signed by the late actor’s son Chad McQueen confirming its authenticity as one of Steve McQueen’s cars.
Silverstone Auctions estimates the WW2 Willys Jeep will fetch between $105,000 and $130,000 when it goes under the hammer at the Classic Motor Show in Birmingham, UK, which takes place on November 10 – November 11.