A 1945 Willys Jeep MB, formerly owned by the legendary Steve McQueen will be offered for sale by Silverstone Auctions at the NEC Classic Motor Show on 10th and 11th November at the NEC, Birmingham Estimate: £80,000 – £100,000.
Hollywood icon Steve McQueen featured in a whole host of movie classics, including The Great Escape, Bullitt, Le Mans and even fronted the Ford Puma advert, when the company needed the ‘king of cool’ to promote their pocket rocket.
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McQueen was touted as the highest paid actor on the planet in 1974 and accumulated a vast and historic vehicle collection including this 1945 Willys Jeep MB.
First delivered to the US Army in July 1945, the Willys Jeep was one of 300,000 produced.
Following the actors death in 1980, the vintage Jeep was sent to auction as lot 532, in the Steve McQueen Estate Auction, which took place in Vegas on the 25th November 1984.
The car comes with the Certificate of Authenticity from the McQueen Estate Sale, the original auction catalogue from the Las Vegas auction and an original advertisement flyer.
Californian License Plates
The car even has the original blue Californian license plates which are dated for road use until 31st October 1980, just one week prior to McQueen’s death on 7th November 1980.
Adam Rutter, classic car specialist at Silverstone Auctions said:
“This car is a truly unrepeatable and unmissable opportunity for both car enthusiasts and movie fans alike and undoubtedly the star of the auction.
“The list of cars at the sale reads like a who’s who of the motoring world, Ferrari, Aston Martin, BMW, Mercedes, McLaren, Porsche and Jaguar, all of which are strongly represented at the sale.
“All eyes will be on the NEC on auction day.”
More information can be found on this amazing sale and auction here.