Steve McQueen, Dennis Hopper and Paul Newman Bikes at Bonhams’ Barber Auction

Reader Contribution by Richard Backus
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Up for sale: Steve McQueen’s 1970 Husqvarna 400 Cross, which he rode in the landmark motorcycle film On Any Sunday.

In addition to Steve McQueen’s Husqvarna from the film On Any Sunday, Bonhams auctioneers say it will also have bikes ridden or owned by Paul Newman, Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and other celebrities in its upcoming auction at the Barber Motorsports Museum on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, during the 14th Annual Barber Vintage Festival.

As with McQueen’s Husky, these motorcycles represent early motocross models and the out-of-doors action sought by these leading men of the silver screen. Featured will be the Czech 1967 CZ 250 ridden by Paul Newman in the movie Sometimes a Great Notion. Peter Fonda rode a Spanish 1968 Bultaco Pursang 250 in the opening scene of Easy Rider that will also be offered at the sale, and Dennis Hopper’s 1970 Husqvarna 250 Cross is also starring.

Furthermore, two other motorcycles owned by Steve McQueen will be offered: a highly sought-after 1953 Vincent Comet Series C and an unusual 1939 Nimbus Model C Luxus with sidecar.

And it’s not just celebrity motorcycles that will be the stars at Barber. Other highlights include the oldest original Vincent Black Lighting — the second one built and the model that currently holds the world auction record; pedigree racing bikes such as the Ducati NCR AMA Pro winner; and wonderful classics from American, European and Japanese manufacturers.

The auction will be held Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, at the famous Barber Motorsports Museum near Birmingham, Alabama. Bonhams’ auction of collectors’ motorcycles will be hosted in concert with the annual Barber Vintage Festival. To register to bid and learn more, visit

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