Steve McQueen (the actor, not the director of one of the Most Anticipated Movies of 2013) has got to be one of Hollywood’s most timeless pimps. In addition to the fact that he was the top actors of his generation, Steve was a complete bad-ass on a motorcycle. He loved ’em. Couldn’t get enough of ’em. And you know what? Neither could the ladies. How many women who look like this do you think you could convince to get in a sidecar?
Speaking of sidecars, one of his bikes in particular, this 1946 Indian Chief, has got a great story.
According to the account in the 2007 book McQueen’s Machines: The Cars and Bikes of a Hollywood Icon by Matt Stone; biographer William Nolan conveys that in the fall of 1951 Mr. McQueen had “saved enough money to buy a battered cycle with a sidecar (removed at an unstated time), which he proudly tooled around the Village. ‘It was my first bike and I loved it,’ admitted Steve. ‘But I was going with a girl who began to hate the cycle – just hated riding in the bumpy sidecar. She told me, “Either the cycle goes or I go!” ‘Well, there was no contest. She went.’” McQueen was working in New York and that battered cycle was this 1946 Indian Chief.
Boom. Steve McQueen chose this bike over a woman.
Keep that story in mind when your girlfriend or your wife tries to convince you that this historical p*ssy wagon is too expensive. It might be time to reconsider your priorities.
The bike is up for auction courtesy of Auctions America (August 1-3) at the Los Angeles Marriot Burbank Hotel.