Steve McQueen was well known for his love of motorsports, so it does not surprise us that he once owned this rare and stunning example of 1931 Brough Superior SS80 which will be in auction later this month.
The short-lived, Nottingham-based motorcycle manufacturer was only active from 1919 to 1940 and produced just over 3,000 motorbikes throughout the years, and the SS80 was one of the first British made bikes that ran at 80 mph. Steve McQueen purchased this bike in the early 1970s, but he was not the only person who got his eyes on it. His friend, the famous artist Kenneth Howard (aka Von Dutch) borrowed it for some time, and the two made a pack that whoever passed away first then the bike will be property of the other. So when McQueen passed away in 1980 Von Dutch became its owner. After numerous hands, the rare Brough Superior SS80 will be auctioned by Gooding & Company in Pebble Beach on 24-25 August.