Steve McQueen’s old Army Jeep to cross the auction block
Steve McQueen owned a lot of fast cars, and it’s no secret he was a bit of a speed demon, going so far as to pilot a Porsche 917 at Le Mans for his 1971 filmLe Mans.
But he owned so many cars that they simply couldn’t all be extreme racing specials. He owned some slower stuff, too, like this more modest collectible, a 1946 Willys MB Jeep.
Nobody is really sure how McQueen acquired the Jeep, but it was part of his estate sale following his death in 1980, and wears a dated plaque signed by his daughter Terry and son Chad stating so.
The vehicle has been totally restored by Jeeparts UK and comes with a certificate of authenticity, original California black plates, original sales catalog and a flyer for the estate sale.
About 300,000 Jeeps were made during the Second World War (although McQueen’s is a 1946, according to the plaque) and this one is powered by a 2.2-litre four-cylinder that makes 65 horsepower. Although that doesn’t sound like much, these Jeeps are “function over form” in every sense of the words, and designed to get you where you need to go no matter who’s shooting at you.
The Jeep will be sold at the NEC Classic Motor Show Sale in England, and is expected to bring between 80,000 pounds ($138,000) and 100,000 pounds ($172,000).
That’s quite a premium to pay for a military jeep, but a good deal for a Steve McQueen-owned vehicle. We’re sure that almost no other name would add as much provenance as his.