The last of his many vehicles that Steve McQueen rode in before his death is being auctioned on Ebay, Motor Authority reports. Its listing follows the record-setting $1.95 million sale of his 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo at the Monterey auctions this past week.
The 1952 Chevrolet 3800 pickup was purchased by McQueen from a migrant farmer he passed on the side of the road in 1979. That’s according to a quote from his wife, Barbara, which accompanied the lot description from a previous time it was offered from sale at a Mecum Auction in 2013, where it failed to find a new owner.
The Forest Green one-ton features a 235 cu in Loadmaster six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission and a custom aluminum “Dust Tite” camper in the bed. A certificate of authenticity from McQueen’s estate is also included.
McQueen reportedly used the truck for camping trips, but his most famous journey in it took place on November 3, 1980. The Reverend Billy Graham accompanied McQueen from his home to Ventura County Airport to depart for El Paso, Tex., and ultimately a Mexican clinic to have a tumor removed, despite his American doctors determining it was inoperable.
According to the book “Steve McQueen” by Marshall Terrill, the plane was parked away from the terminal to avoid the paparazzi, and the camper pulled up to a canopy that had been constructed to allow him to enter the plane unseen. McQueen died in Ciudad Juarez a few days later on November 7th.
Bids for the truck start at $50,000, and the auction runs through Monday, August 24th. The owner says that a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Boys Republic, the organization for troubled youth that helped out McQueen when he was a teenager and that he supported throughout his life.