Did This eBay Chevrolet Give Steve McQueen His Last Ride?
1952 Chevy 3800 Once Owned by the King of Cool Up For Auction
No one can argue that Steve McQueen wasn’t one of the toughest men out there, and his vehicle choices only underscore that fact. The King of Cool’s garage consisted of sleek, awesome machines like Porsches, Triumph motorcycles, and Baja desert racers right up until his too-early death in 1980. For die-hard Bullitt, The Great Escape, and The Magnificent Seven fans, owning a McQueen vehicle is the holy grail of automotive coolness. And if your pockets are deep enough, you’ve got your chance right now.
For those so inclined, McQueen’s 1952 Chevrolet 3800 pickup (with a custom Dust-Tite camper) is up for bidding on eBay until August 24. With an estimated 38,920 miles, the truck wears a very nice coat of forest green paint over its well-preserved interior, and the inline-six and four-speed manual operate as they should. According to the listing, “It has been kept in good mechanical condition, something Steve would have insisted on.” The aluminum and galvanized steel construction of the camper has held up to the elements well, with two beds and a sturdy trailer hitch making it very useful.
What makes this old truck a little more special is that it may have been the last road vehicle McQueen ever rode in. According to the eBay listing, Reverend Billy Graham rode with McQueen to the Ventura County Airport in November 1980, praying with him the whole way. From there, the actor flew to Juarez, Mexico, for his final cancer treatment for the mesothelioma he’d been diagnosed with the year before. He died in the hospital in Juarez just four days later.
With bidding at more than $95,000 as of this writing (from at least 48 bids), it’s clear the old Chevrolet is worth more than its more proletarian contemporaries, but the reserve still hasn’t been met. eBay listings often skyrocket in their last hours, so it will be interesting to see how high bidding will get. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Boys Republic, a private school McQueen actively supported.