On July 26, 2021, we covered Steve McQueen’s legendary Husqvarna Viking 360 and how he needed a new owner. For those of you who aren’t in the know, Steve McQueen is arguably one of the most legendary personalities, not only in the world of motorsport, but in all of Hollywood. He was responsible for ushering in a generation devoted to the fast-paced lifestyle, the effects of which continue to be seen today, even 40 years after his death.
Now to say that Steve McQueen had a good number of impressive vehicles would be a massive understatement. From the Triumph Bonneville Twin of The great Escape, to its legendary Porsche Speedster with chassis number 84855, it is undeniable that any vehicle that has ever resided in the McQueen garage has astronomical value. That being said, this 1969 Husqvarna Viking 360 was little more than a regular racing bike ridden by motocross racer Bengt Åberg. It was when McQueen saw the duo in action, winning three out of four races, that he immediately fell in love with the bike.
In the end, McQueen wasn’t ready to settle for an old Viking 360. No, he wanted the same racing bike that Åberg would ride during the race. With this, McQueen’s production company Solar Productions of Los Angeles struck a deal and acquired Åberg’s racing bike. Well, that’s the very bike that was auctioned off at Sotheby’s in Monterrey. It was originally predicted that this bike would cost around $ 80,000 to $ 100,000, due to the full restoration that was done on the bike in 2014. However, the bike was auctioned off at a much higher price, a whopping $ 204,000, and was returned to his new home on Friday August 13, 2021.
The happy new owner is now the custodian of not only McQueen’s legendary 1968 Husqvarna Viking 360, but also all documentation authenticating the machine. Everything, including the documents documenting the sale of Åberg to Solar Productions, not to mention all the files and restoration documents, are indeed more than mere pieces of paper, but rather pieces of history that accompany a cultural icon. .