Steve McQueen owned some great rare cars, and this ride is a bit surprising. It’s a forest green 1952 Chevrolet 3800 series one ton long bed pickup truck with custom camper up for auction today by Mecum Auctions.
He’s collected more than 60 rare cars that included a 1951 Hudson Hornet, a 1956 GMC Suburban, a 1931 Lincoln Club Sedan, a 1946 Willys Jeep and a 1935 Chrysler Airflow Imperial Sedan.
The pickup truck has a painted grill, rounded hood and a custom camper built by Harold Van Hoosen, a sheet metal fabricator from Yreka, California. He built the camper in October 1952. According to the auctioneer’s website, the camper is made of galvanized metal and aluminum, and includes a double-sided bed, storage cabinets, drawers, shelves and heavy-duty diamond plated bumper.
McQueen used the truck for cross-country camping trips. It was the last car to take McQueen from his Santa Paula home to the Ventura County Airport on Nov. 3, 1980. He flew to El Paso, Texas for his last cancer surgery in Juarez, Mexico.
Rev. Billy Graham accompanied him in the camper and on that drive McQueen asked him questions about the afterlife. When they got to the airport, Graham read a number of passages of Scripture and they prayed several times. Graham instinctively handed over his Bible to McQueen. He was clutching the Bible when he passed away a few days later on Nov. 7, 1980. As Graham turned to leave, McQueen said, “I’ll see you in heaven!”
Auction details can be found here.