This particular Jeep Steve bought straight from the U.S. armed services, before it was sold four years after his death, in 1984. The current owner got it not long after that, making this small piece of automotive history a four-owner car. Granted, the first two were pretty serious owners, but not many vehicles this old have changed hands so few times.
Silverstone Auctions’ sale
The car will be sold at Silverstone Auctions’ sale at the Classic Motor Show at the NEC in Birmingham next month, and is expected to fetch anywhere between £80,000-£100,000 ($105,000 to $130,000 at the current rates).
Despite its service history, or should we say history in the service, McQueen’s Jeep is in solid condition owing to a thorough restoration. It also comes with a wealth of documents and papers which prove its big-name provenance. A special plaque on the dashboard also signifies who once owned it.
The current owner got the car at the Steve McQueen Estate Auction, which took place on November 24-25 1984, in Las Vegas. He bought it for just £4,566, but while that seems like a small amount for an iconic car with superstar appeal, it was approximately ten times the price of a Willys back then.