Steve McQueen Harley at Monterey Auction

Steve McQueen once owned this 1912 Harley-Davidson X8ECourtesy Mecum Auctions

A 1912 Harley-Davidson X8E once owned by Steve McQueen was among the motorcycles that rolled onto the auction platform this past weekend in Monterey, CA.

Mecum Auctions hosted the sell-fest at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa.

There were four-wheelers and a special batch of two-wheelers from the Gary Hite collection, which included some pre-war Harleys, Indians, Popes, and Excelsiors.

Many classic British, German and Japanese bikes from the postwar period also found new homes.

McQueen’s bike was purchased from his estate at an auction in Las Vegas in 1984. The bike came with a certificate of authenticity from the McQueen family.

The “survivor” bike had a repaint done decades ago and some of that repaint has been removed on the left side, showing the original paint from when the bike was new.

The bike has some historical significance because 1912 was the first year for Harley-Davidson’s 60-cubic-inch Big Twin engine. The eight-horsepower engine was introduced late that year; the earlier 1912 bikes had the standard 49-cubic-inch powerplant.

The bike also carries vintage dealer decals from AMA Hall-of-Famer Tom Sifton of San Jose, CA, still on both sides of the tool box forward of the rear fender. The bike was valued between $225,000 and $275,000.

Other noteworthy scoots from the Gary Hite Collection include a 1914 Thor Model 14A with a 76-cubic-inch 50-degree V-twin and a 1921 Indian Daytona Power Plus factory road racer with 61-cubic-inch side-valve V-twin.

There was no discount if you bought all of them.

A 1914 Thor Model 14ACourtesy Mecum Auctions