Saturday, April 10, 2010

The ex-Steve Mcqueen, Bud Ekins modified, Von Dutch painted 1963 Triumph Bonneville Desert Sled

Bud Ekins built this bike for Steve McQueen primarily for desert racing. Serial numbers indicate it was built up from a 1963 Triumph Bonneville. Steve and Bud’s friend, Kenny Howard, better known as Von Dutch, painted the bike. Because of the motorcycle’s intended use, it was given a plain paint job, devoid of Dutch’s trademark pin stripes. No sense having beautiful striping sandblasted by full throttle desert runs, or scraped off in a fall. The bike comes with a 1971 title to Solar Productions, McQueen’s production company that made among other movies, the racing classic, Le Mans. The title bears Steve McQueen’s signature.
Sold at Bonhams (2009 US) for $85K

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