Now You Can Own The Husky Steve McQueen Rode In “On Any Sunday”

Two legendary bikes go up for auction at the Barber Vintage Fest

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1949 Vincent Black Lightning and the Husqvarna that Steve McQueen rode in On Any Sunday.Courtesy of Bonhams

The Barber Vintage Fest is a fantastic event, there's no doubt. Races, shows, and camaraderie make it one of the best vintage motorcycle concours of the year. But this year's event will have a little something extra on tap to make it truly special.

On October 6, Bonhams will auction two of the most significant motorcycles ever built. One is a legend, the other an icon.

Few motorcycles have inspired more people to ride than the Husqvarna Steve McQueen rode in On Any Sunday. It's the same bike he jumped, shirtless, on the cover of Sports Illustrated. And on October 6, it could be all yours.

Bonhams will be offering the King of Cool’s very own 1970 Husky 400 Cross, with extensive documentation including the pink slip from the California Department of Motor Vehicles naming Solar Productions (McQueen’s production company) as the bike’s owner. It also comes with McQueen's entry form for the 1970 Saddleback 500 Senior Race, and a lucky penny—an uncirculated 1960 one-cent coin (1960 was the birth year of McQueen’s son Chad) that was found hidden inside a clear plastic case tucked into a cavity of the bike, between the engine and frame.

Regarded by many as the holy grail of motorcycles, the Vincent Black Lightning holds the world record for the highest price ever fetched by a motorcycle at auction. Possessing the coveted combination of rarity, design, groundbreaking engineering, and racing success, the British motorcycle is simply unmatched in the collector world. And these machines rarely, if ever, come up for sale.

This 1949 Black Lightning is the earliest, most original example in existence. It was just the second ever built, out of about 30 total, and has full ownership history. Bonhams expects the interest in this bike to be of global magnitude.

“The significance of these two motorcycles can’t be underscored enough,” says Ben Walker, Bonhams head of motorcycles. “We’ve offered a multitude of important motorcycles at Bonhams over the years, but these are real standouts.”

Bonhams' sale will be hosted in conjunction with the Barber Vintage Festival on Saturday, October 6, at the Barber Motorsports Museum in Birmingham, Alabama. Details about the auction can be found here.