Like most motorcycle manufactures in the 1960s, Husqvarna was on the bleeding edge of progression when it came to new, race-oriented bikes. But, as the company set foot into uncharted waters, the brand was already conceptualizing their “unlikely” victor — the 250 Cross, a featherweight desert tracker that would go on to win a series of notable races and solidify Husqvarna’s admittance into the annals of moto history.
Needless to say, the Swedish motorcycle manufacturer had found its niche within high-speed, lightweight motocross racing — a transition which would later be dignified by the world-renowned racer, Malcolm Smith, who was a long-time friend (and costar) of Hollywood actor, Steve McQueen. Although Smith originally questioned the lightweight pedigree of the 250cc bike, he set aside his trademark Greeves motorcycle and converted to Husqvarna’s offering. Not long after, McQueen, who had worked closely with Smith on the film On Any Sunday, found himself enamored by the Swedish motorcycle — eventually buying the aforementioned 250 Cross in 1971 from his film company, Solar Productions. Now, McQueen’s restored four-speed, aluminium-adorned cycle is set to be auctioned off via Bonhams for an expected $50,000.