RE: Steve McQueen's Willys Jeep goes to auction

RE: Steve McQueen's Willys Jeep goes to auction

Thursday 8th November

Steve McQueen's Willys Jeep goes to auction

It might not even be the most interesting lot at Silverstone Auctions' Classic Motor Show sale this weekend...



Even 38 years after his passing (to the day, in fact), the allure and mystique around Terence Steven McQueen shows no signs of abating. 2018 marking 50 years of Bullitt will have helped, of course, but it's hard to imagine a world - especially an automotive one - that doesn't hold McQueen up as an icon.

So news of his Willys Jeep going up for sale is pretty significant. Chassis number MB452936 was built in 1945 and originally owned by the US Army, though Silverstone Auctions - in charge of selling the car this weekend - isn't clear on McQueen's ownership history. Speak now if you're more knowledgeable! What we do know is that the Jeep was registered for road use up until the end of October 1980 (implying it was in use by McQueen until then), and was sold at an auction of the Steve McQueen estate in 1984 for $6,000. It's believed that the current owner is the fourth, after the auction buyer, McQueen and the US Army.


It's going to be in demand then, put very simply, particularly with all its UK taxes paid, an MOT and recommissioning work from Jeeparts UK. Should the next owner want to, the Willys is ready to be used and enjoyed on the road. It's hard to imagine that being the case though, given the car's provenance and status. That, and the fact it's expected to make anything between eighty and a hundred thousand pounds...

There are dozens of additional interesting lots at this weekend's Classic Car Show sale; certainly too many to list here, but a few worth mentioning. There's a collection of ex-Jay Kay cars, including a Volvo 850R, BMW 850 CSI and McLaren 675LT. There are two Lotus Sunbeams, a Mercedes 500E and E500, a Capri Brooklands expected to make more than £30k and even a Volkswagen XL1. There really does appear to be something for everyone at this weekend's sale, so the lots are well worth a look. See the full auction catalogue here; resistance might well prove futile...




 

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BFleming

Original Poster:

728 posts

78 months

Thursday 8th November
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Oooh I'll have the W124 500E please. Delightful!

On the Jeep, I was surprised it had an MOT seeing as it's exempt (being a 1945 vehicle).However as it's a fresh import, did it need to have an MOT as part of the DVLA import regs? If so I assume it won't be having any more of them.

Edited by BFleming on Friday 9th November 00:08

dunnoreally

208 posts

43 months

Thursday 8th November
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The Mercs are nice, but going through the lots, I reckon it'd have to be the Lister convertible. Lots of very, very nice stuff, though.

coppice

4,847 posts

79 months

Thursday 8th November
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God only knows what the Jeep will fetch , given that a set of Saint Steven of Hollywood's race overalls went for $700k , or some equally absurd sum . An amount which would buy a pair of nice DFV engined F1 cars ,with rather more interesting provenance than McQ's sweat stains...

But there seems to be a demographic of curious middle aged men which has beatified McQueen - you can recognise them easily in their summer plumage of Gulf branded tat .

Pericoloso

36,516 posts

98 months

Thursday 8th November
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Some lovely cars on the block there ,2 Flachbau 911s ,2 Escort RS Cosworths ,one owned by the designer of the car

estimated at considerably less than the described concours big turbo car.

But with 80K on it not too surprising I suppose.

BFleming

Original Poster:

728 posts

78 months

Friday 9th November
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coppice said:
God only knows what the Jeep will fetch , given that a set of Saint Steven of Hollywood's race overalls went for $700k , or some equally absurd sum
I reckon the Jeep would fetch more in the states, but given its a fresh import, someone has literally just imported it here to punt it on. Did they just buy it stateside? Anyhow I predict sub the 'top estimate' of $100k for it.

Edited by BFleming on Friday 9th November 00:16

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sisu

428 posts

108 months

Friday 9th November
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coppice said:
God only knows what the Jeep will fetch , given that a set of Saint Steven of Hollywood's race overalls went for $700k , or some equally absurd sum . An amount which would buy a pair of nice DFV engined F1 cars ,with rather more interesting provenance than McQ's sweat stains...

But there seems to be a demographic of curious middle aged men which has beatified McQueen - you can recognise them easily in their summer plumage of Gulf branded tat .
This is a photo of them in the wild! These are early Porsche owners in the natural migration route of Classic Lemans to Spa. This time of year you can see them at Bichester or at a Magnus Walker book signing. They make calls of RS or ST..

coppice

4,847 posts

79 months

Friday 9th November
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As Matt Burt put it- Les concours de pantalon rouges .

I assume these guys don't wear such alarming trousering for , y'know , a bet or some charity thing ?

Matey on the left looks a bit more of a 928 kinda guy than an RSL ...

Edited by coppice on Friday 9th November 13:19

deejay005

12 posts

113 months

Friday 9th November
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My old man bought the Minerva blue flatnose Porsche from the Patrick collection. It had 4K miles on the clock.

It had a heart stopping lag on the turbo but man alive it shifted. And it soundedlike hell on earth when it fired up.

As a teenager I was just as impressed with the CD player, which was one of the first in-car players, apparently.

He had to sell it when he was made redundant...he was heart broken as he planned to keep it for me to inherit.

So many happy memories riding in it.

edwheels

118 posts

81 months

Saturday 10th November
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31-36K for a Capri? Any Capri? What is it with classic Ford prices these days? Admit it is clearly a good one, and the Brooklands 2.8i was a great variation but surely that price is a little optimistic?

Baldchap

483 posts

27 months

Saturday 10th November
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BFleming said:
coppice said:
God only knows what the Jeep will fetch , given that a set of Saint Steven of Hollywood's race overalls went for $700k , or some equally absurd sum
I reckon the Jeep would fetch more in the states, but given its a fresh import, someone has literally just imported it here to punt it on. Did they just buy it stateside? Anyhow I predict sub the 'top estimate' of $100k for it.

Edited by BFleming on Friday 9th November 00:16
I recently watched a second hand hat sell for £320,000 pounds. Don't bet on it going for sub top estimate.



BFleming

Original Poster:

728 posts

78 months

Saturday 10th November
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Baldchap said:
I recently watched a second hand hat sell for £320,000 pounds. Don't bet on it going for sub top estimate.
I shall be watching with interest.

poing

8,074 posts

135 months

Saturday 10th November
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https://youtu.be/n-zkHtgmAOM

Harry mentioned it along with a few other cars in his video.