Steve McQueen’s iconic Jeep set to make a great escape

A 1945 Willys Jeep MB once owned by the ‘King of Cool’, Steve McQueen, is being put up for sale for a cool £100,000.

The iconic military 4×4 is being sold at the Classic Motor Show sale in Birmingham by Silverstone Auctions with an estimate of £80,000-£100,000.

Star of films such as Bullitt, The Great Escape and Le Mans, McQueen built up a vast car collection during his Hollywood career, including the 1945 Willys Jeep MB on offer.

One of the 300,000 Willys Jeeps produced during World War II, the car on offer was first delivered to the US Army on July 7, 1945 and later acquired by McQueen. Following his death in 1980, the Jeep was sold by his estate via auction in 1984.

Powered by a 2.2-litre four cylinder engine with 60hp and a top speed of 65mph, the Jeep wouldn’t have been the fastest car in McQueen’s collection, but was certainly one of the most iconic. The Jeep on offer even includes a special plaque denoting it as being owned by Steve McQueen and enters the auction with an estimate of £80,000 to £100,000.

Since being imported to the UK, the Jeep has been the subject of a thorough recommissioning and renovation by marque specialists Jeeparts UK, returning the car to the exacting specification as to when Steve McQueen owned it.

The car comes with the Certificate of Authenticity from the McQueen Estate Sale, the original auction catalogue from the Las Vegas auction and an original advertisement flyer. Also included are the original blue Californian license plates which are dated for road use until 31st October 1980, just one week prior to McQueen’s death on 7th November 1980.

SOURCE: Inews.co.uk

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