A 1912 Harley-Davidson X8E Previously Owned By Steve McQueen At Bonhams Las Vegas Auction

Another motorcycle previously owned by “King Of Cool” Steve McQueen will be auctioned tomorrow January 26 at the Bonhams Las Vegas Auction.

It was sold in 1984 at McQueen’s Estate auction with a signed certificate of authenticity signed by McQueen’s children, Terry and Chad. Today’s estimated value is around $120,000.

In 1912, the 1000cc X8E twin-cylinder was Harle’s first all-chain-drive model that was introduced that year at a price of $310. It features a magneto ignition, a clutch, skirted fenders, and Harley Davidson’s patented “full floating seat” with a coil spring in the frame post.

What about the non-factory red paint job? The never verified story is that it was applied by Steve McQueen after an evening of drinking with friend Kenny “Von Dutch” Howard…

3 Responses to “A 1912 Harley-Davidson X8E Previously Owned By Steve McQueen At Bonhams Las Vegas Auction”


  1. 1 Iron Horse Jan 24th, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    Steve McQueen had all of the cool toys!

  2. 2 rebel Jan 24th, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    he used to own my bike too

  3. 3 BarryVan Dyke Jan 25th, 2017 at 11:34 am

    As a 12 yr. old already obsessed with motorcycles, seeing the Great Escape was an almost life changing event. From then on there was no bigger Steve McQueen fan than me. Still have a garage full of motorcycles and a collection of his movies. But I have to think Steve is up there chuckling at the continuing obsession with owning one of his old bikes, and the prices people are willing to pay for one

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