Steve McQueen's 1951 Chevrolet Styleline DeLuxe Convertible Hits Auction Block
- Steve McQueen's 1951 Chevrolet Styleline DeLuxe Convertible Coupe will cross the auction block in March.
- McQueen drove the car in The Hunter, the final movie of his career.
- The car is currently owned by Rick Harrison of Pawn Stars.
AUBURN, Indiana — "King of Cool" Steve McQueen's coveted 1951 Chevrolet Styleline DeLuxe Convertible is set to hit the auction block this March at the Auctions America Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdale event.
The Great Escape and Bullitt movie star drove the yellow '51 Chevy in the final movie of his career, The Hunter, the story of professional bounty hunter Ralph "Papa" Thorson.
McQueen grew attached to the convertible and added it to his personal collection when filming wrapped, according to the auction house. The car includes a certificate of authenticity signed by the actor's son and late daughter.
The car is currently owned by Rick Harrison of Pawn Stars.
The car is being offered at no reserve, so a price estimate on how much it will fetch is not available.
McQueen is almost synonymous with cars and racing.
He "had a lifelong love of motor racing, once remarking, 'Racing is life. Anything before or after is just waiting,'" according to his IMDb biography.
"Steve McQueen's character in The Hunter comically struggled with the column-mounted three-speed manual transmission on the car that has a mere 92 horsepower under the hood. It was restored 10 years ago to near factory specs except for a 12-volt electrical system and aftermarket stereo. Auctions America says the power top is fully functional and that the exterior paint exhibits a few flaws normal for a decade-old restoration.
The auction is set for March 22-24.
Edmunds says: A classic that should fetch much more than most '51 Chevys thanks to its connection with the legendary Steve McQueen.