Steve McQueen's bike bought for £1200

Bike enthusiast discovers his classic 'crosser's worth a whole lot more than he paid for it

Posted: 29 January 2009
by Visordown News

Visordown Motorcycle News
McQueen's bike was bought for just £1200

STEVE McQUEEN'S 1970 Husqvarna 400 Cross has been discovered, and it's still being thrashed around tracks in America.

Husqvarna enthusiast and specialist Rob Phillips picked up the bike for £1200 last year, thinking it was just another bike that needed restoring, but after following the bike’s paper trail Phillips discovered that he had bought a bike once owned by the Hollywood legend.

Phillips made the discovery whilst visiting friend Don Ince. Ince also a collector, own the accounting records of Edison Dye, the man considered by many to be the father of motocross in the United States.

Dye was single handedly responsible for importing almost every Husqvarna ever shipped to America and after searching through the Dye records, Ince produced the original invoice and Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin belonging to Rob’s new bike. Probably coolest bit of Amrican fandom ever found. And all for £1200. Nice one.

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very nice,  takes me back , back to a great time in life, late 60s early 70s. the music was the best & the bikes, oh the bikes were king. my first memory's as a child were of my dad my uncles & there friends on their bikes i recall names like hawks, scramblers & maby a harley or two. every bicycle i ever owned was a motorcycle. sure i know it was a time of war, protesting & bad politics. but i was a boy & didn't give a shit a bout all that. hell we have all that bad shit to day, seems to be the only thing that hasn't changed. id take vietnam & Nixon over the shit we have today any time, Bush's wars, obama's lies & empty promses, & protesters? look out your window. so if i had a time machine id go back, but id have to tack my ZZR, and about a dozen sets of tires.

Posted: 04/02/2009 at 18:14

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