Calling all Steve McQueen fans! Auctions America will lift the gavel on a 1951 Chevrolet Styleline DeLuxe Convertible, formerly owned by ‘King of Cool’ Steve McQueen, when its highly anticipated Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdale sale returns to South Florida, March 22 – 24, 2013.
Resplendent in its yellow exterior with stainless moldings and leather interior, the stylish Chevrolet was driven frequently by the ‘King of Cool’ in the final movie of his illustrious career, The Hunter. It is understood that, like many of his movie cars, McQueen liked the yellow convertible so much that he purchased it for his personal collection after filming wrapped.
Equipped with a 92 horsepower six-cylinder engine mated to a column-mounted, three-speed manual transmission, which McQueen’s character struggled with, in a comedic manner throughout the film, the Chevrolet is accompanied by extensive documentation confirming its provenance. Documentation includes an original McQueen Certificate of Authenticity signed by the actor’s late daughter, Terry and his son, Chad. It is presented for auction by its current owner, Rick Harrison, star of the History Channel’s hit reality series, Pawn Stars, who will be on hand at the March event to witness the car cross the podium. It will be offered at no reserve, selling to the highest bidder.
“Steve McQueen was the ultimate ‘King of Cool’ and is arguably one of Hollywood’s best known and most celebrated car enthusiasts of all time,” says Donnie Gould, president, Auctions America by RM. “We are honored to have been entrusted with the sale of his former 1951 Chevrolet Styleline DeLuxe Convertible at our upcoming Fort Lauderdale sale and look forward to welcoming current owner, Rick Harrison from Pawn Stars to the event. Combining a well-documented history with an exciting celebrity and screen provenance, we expect the Chevrolet Styleline will attract strong interest from a diverse range of collectors.”
The ex-McQueen Chevrolet leads an exciting list of celebrity rides slated for Auctions America’s upcoming Fort Lauderdale sale. Additional entries on offer with Hollywood connections include an iconic 1969 Dodge Charger “General Lee”, used in the hit 2005 film Dukes of Hazzard and signed by the cast of the original television series; a documented, highly optioned 1971 Dodge 340 Challenger Convertible, one of two vehicles built and used on-screen during the popular 1972 television season of Mod Squad; and a 1966 Chrysler Imperial “Black Beauty” Green Hornet Continuation Car, built by famed customizers George Barris and Dick Dean.
Other notable early entries confirmed for the March sale include:
– a diverse assortment of 1950s convertibles from ‘The Gauthier Collection’, headlined by a meticulously restored 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible and a 1952 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible, offered at no reserve;
– a well-documented 1967 Dodge Coronet WO23 Hemi Super Stock Racecar, one of just 55, 1967 Factory Super Stock Dodges produced and boasting a documented period race history at major 1967 NHRA events; and,
– a stylish 1935 Packard Twelve Coupe Roadster equipped with a 473.3 hp V-12 engine mated to a floor-mounted three-speed manual transmission and featuring power brakes, rumble seat, radio, chrome wire wheels, headlights and taillights.
Regarded as South Florida’s premier collector car auction, Auctions America’s Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdale returns to the Greater Fort Lauderdale / Broward County Convention Center, March 22 – 24. The multi-day sale will lift the gavel on more than 550 quality collector cars, including a diverse assortment of American classics, European sports cars, Detroit muscle, hot rods and customs to cater to a broad range of automotive tastes. Full event details and a frequently updated list of auction offerings are available online at auctionsamerica.com.
For those unable to attend the event in person, Auctions America offers a broad range of remote bidding options including Internet, absentee and telephone bidding, and the auction will stream live online at auctionsamerica.com, providing real-time coverage of the event.