Steve McQueen’s legendary motorcycle leap over the fence of a prisoner-of-war camp in the film The Great Escape is an image not easily forgotten. Now, Métisse Motorcycles has created a limited production run of the film star’s own bike, the Métisse Desert Racer, originally developed for serious competition use.The handbuilt motorcycle, produced in England, is an exact replica of McQueen’s original – fully endorsed by Steve McQueen’s estate and featuring a depiction of his signature on the tank badge.
Only 300 Desert Racers will be made, each complete with an official certificate of authenticity, and 66 of these have already left the factory. The bikes include styled footrests made to the original design and 35mm Ceriani forks with seven inches of travel, which McQueen found to be optimal. The yokes are from BSA – his preference, due to the handlebar position, set behind the steering stem for better control. Complete bikes are ready to order now, utilising a fully reconditioned period Triumph engine, complete with a single Amal carburettor.
(Steve McQueen) up for sale.
(27 april 2009)
I just got the Bonhams & Butterfields auction catalogue - the McQueen bike is pretty cool, with some interesting provenance attached to it. I was at the LA auction last year where they had some cool McQueen stuff, with most of the desirable pieces selling way over the estimates.
I will be curious to see what this bike pulls -
The ex-Steve Mcqueen, Bud Edkins modified, Von Dutch painted
Estimate: *$ 50,000 - 65,000
01 november 2009