Lot 125

2019   |   Pebble Beach 2019

1936 Indian Chief


$250,000 - $350,000


CDG9511 Frame No. 336891

Car Highlights

Formerly the Property of Steve McQueen
Remains in Unrestored Condition with Charming Patina
Previously Sold at the 1984 McQueen Estate Auction in Las Vegas
Accompanied by Certificate of Authenticity, Bill of Sale, and Odometer Statement
An Iconic Motorcycle Owned by One of Hollywood’s Greatest Motor Sports Enthusiasts

Technical Specs

1,212 CC Side-Valve Air-Cooled V-Twin Engine
Single Linkert Carburetor
40 BHP
3-Speed Hand-Shift Gearbox
Front and Rear Drum Brakes
Front Suspension with Trailing Link Fork
Rear Rigid Suspension

Saleroom Addendum

Please note that this vehicle is sold on a Bill of Sale.

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Steve McQueen was not only one of the most famous actors of the 1960s and 1970s, he was also an avid motorcyclist and supporter of the hobby. Among his many great contributions to the sport was financing the influential movie, On Any Sunday, in which he rode with his friends Malcolm Smith and Mert Lawwill.

McQueen’s enthusiasm did wonders for motorcycling’s image during a time when the general public often looked at motorcyclists with disdain. The actor’s first motorcycle was an Indian, which he rode around New York City during the early 1950s. Later in life, it was again the Indian marque, according to his wife Barbara, that remained his favorite.

This lovely 1936 Chief was sold as part of the famous 1984 McQueen Estate Auction in Las Vegas. It is accompanied today by that auction’s original certificate of authenticity, the signed Bill of Sale, and the official 1984 odometer reading statement. Fitted with a later-type engine, the Chief retains a wonderful patina that lends the bike a charming amount of character and conveys its authentic nature.

This is a rare opportunity to own one of the most iconic American motorcycles, which was once retained and ridden by one of the most iconic American actors.