Steve McQueen's Husqvarna Viking 360 goes under the hammer

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A Husqvarna Viking 360 previously owned by Steve McQueen is to be sold at a three-day auction in Monterey, Californa, USA courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.

As a keen racer, McQueen was on a quest to find the fastest bike for competition. Having seen future World Champion Bengt Aberg race on the Viking, McQueen promptly offered to buy the Swede’s bike.

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McQueen purchased it through his company Solar Productions in 1969, validated by a California ownership interest transfer form. Åberg went on to win the World Championship on a different Husqvarna in 1969 and then again in 1970.

The bike later passed into private hands and underwent a complete mechanical and cosmetic restoration in 2014 including its single-cylinder, two-stroke engine and to a four-speed gearbox. The estimate is $80,000-$100,000 (£57,000-£71,000). For more information, visit the Sotheby’s website.