It’s no secret that legendary movie star Steve McQueen had an affinity for motorcycles; namely, his preferences were for Indians, Husqvarnas, Triumphs, and Brough Superiors. Gooding & Company has on its upcoming auction block an original motorcycle from the King of Cool’s garage. Preserved in excellent condition and up for grabs is a stellar 1931 Brough Superior SS80 that was one of McQueen’s favorite bikes.
Brough Superiors were only produced from 1919 to 1940. In that short 21 year window, just 3048 motorcycles (in 19 models) were manufactured. It just so happens that one of those was owned and ridden by movie star and man’s man Steve McQueen, who cherished the only Brough in his collection. McQueen eventually gave it to his friend Kenneth Howard, AKA the illustrious Von Dutch. Brough has been called “the Rolls Royce of motorcycles,” and for good reason. The rich history evoked by one of the first British road-bikes to exceed 80 mph – and a major name in the moto racing circuit pre-1950 – is enough to make this bike plenty desirable. But when you mix in its relationship to one of the coolest motorcycle riders of all time, it teeters on Holy Grail tier. Sadly, unless you’ve got $175,000 lying around, forget about it.