• Nov 6, 2006
For less than the price of a new Escalade (if Bonhams & Butterfields' estimate is correct) you could own a truck with a hell of a lot more history and a "cool factor" that's too high to register on any scale. The 1958 GMC Pickup you see above belonged to one Steve McQueen. Perhaps you've heard of him.

It'll be among a host of other former possessions of McQueen's going up for auction later this week at the Petersen Automotive Museum in L.A. Said to be one of the late actor's favorite personal vehicles, the truck, powered by a 336 CID V8 was given some additional under-the-hood TLC to make it a bit of a sleeper. The "MQ3188" on the tag refers to the ID number assigned McQueen when he was sent to reform school as a boy (in fact, if you go through the different lots being offered, you'll see a few other old vanity tags of McQueen's bearing the same number).

Three vintage motorcycles owned by Steve are also up for grabs, as is the actual '67 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow 2-door he drove in The Thomas Crown Affair.

[Source: Bonhams & Butterfields via Luxist]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Oh Yes forgot to mention, the chevelle is for sale $10,500 e-mail me for more info. classicchevy_424@hotmail.com
      Richard Schade
      • 8 Years Ago
      Beautifuly restored truck, I had one just like it, only it had the "6" in it, and Hydromatic transmission

      I now own an "85" GMC Caballero in great shape and will "talk".
      Don
      • 8 Years Ago
      Chevy/GMC was offering the Pontiac V-8 as an option as least as early as 56. I never saw many of them on the road but they were listed in the owners manual as an available engine.
      Richard Schade
      • 8 Years Ago
      Opps sorry , my E-mail is agolfer39@aol.com for those who are interested.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Bobby Caps is mistaken. I just built a 1967 Mustang 390 GT. It is Highlander Green, open rear, and some chrome deleted. It is a knock off of LT. Frank BULLITT's car, in the movie:BULLITT.
      There are websites devoted to that movie, starring Steve McQueen, who was known as "The King of Cool".
      There was no Shelby driven in the movie "BULLITT".
      Thee were three similar cars used, two with 390 C.I.D. engines, and a close up scene car With a 289 C.I.D. engine. All were basic 4-speed out the door cars, modified to handle better, and two had special brackets for cameras, one had a seat welded to thside for action shots. The two 390's were gutted, for camera operater's room. The driver of the hitman's car, Bill Hickman, was the best stunt driver of his time, and he played the part of the driver of the Charger 440.
      The car driven in the chase sceene may be in a barn in New Jersy, even McQueen could not buy it shortly before his death.
      But ,with the new style mustang, Coll is BACK.
      I'm done now...............PK
      PS I have the DVD.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Some memories of Steve: He was the first star(other than cowboys) to wear blue jeans around town and not just in the movies. If you enjoy wearing jeans to work on dress down Fridays, you should thank him.He made them "every day acceptable".
      He was a very good race car driver and he and his team came really close to winning the 24 hours at Daytona one year.
      As an actor, he had the rare knack of being completely at home in a comedy or a dramatic role.
      There was a big screen "presents" about him in his movies back then and I can't think of any star of today that has"it". George Clooney maybe, Pacino maybe, but Brad Pit or Tom Cruise or any of the rest of them...no way.
      don
      • 8 Years Ago
      Bobby Caps made reference to McQueen being in "the hustle". Did he mean "The Hustler". That was Paul Newman. And I never saw Piper Laurie as anything but a redhead...as she was in The Hustler. And I AM old enough to remember.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The guy who bought the "Brokeback Mountain" pickup must be kicking himself big time right about now. Though, it's hard to imagine McQ driving ANYTHING with wide whitewalls, especially a pickup truck. Wouldn't a real "sleeper" look like it just rolled out of a field? Sure would make getting around town incognito easier, too.
      Richard
      • 8 Years Ago
      I agree with Don. See posting #10. Most of you have no knowledge of spelling or grammar
      Carol Parker
      • 8 Years Ago
      I saw a mint-condition Pine Green Mustang used in the movie "Bullit"; there was MORE than one Mustang used. It was on display at the Gilmore Car musuem in Kalamazoo, MI.
      I currently own a 1967 Springtime Yellow Mustang convertible with black top, to cruise SW Michigan on sultry summer days and nights. It's great on the straight-out fast lanes, and a little sketchy on the curves but a hoot to drive.
      And I certainly would have no trouble driving this sweet truck, though turquoise is my least favourite colour.
      Dream on, motor heads!
      Ron
      • 8 Years Ago
      I grew up in the 50s and I would love to have that truck and belonging to Steve McQueen would make it better yet. And yes back in the 50s they did the fat whitewall thing.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I meant to say "Cool is Back"..............PK
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