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Steve McQueen's "Thomas Crown Affair" Dune Buggy heads for auction

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The customised Myers Manx dune buggy from the 1968 movie The Thomas Crown Affair will go to auction at Bonhams' Amelia Island auction in March, 2020.
The customised Myers Manx dune buggy from the 1968 movie The Thomas Crown Affair will go to auction at Bonhams' Amelia Island auction in March, 2020.
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The customised Myers Manx dune buggy from the 1968 movie The Thomas Crown Affair will go to auction at Bonhams' Amelia Island auction in March, 2020.
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The customised Myers Manx dune buggy from the 1968 movie The Thomas Crown Affair will go to auction at Bonhams' Amelia Island auction in March, 2020.
The customised Myers Manx dune buggy from the 1968 movie The Thomas Crown Affair will go to auction at Bonhams' Amelia Island auction in March, 2020.
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The customised Myers Manx dune buggy from the 1968 movie The Thomas Crown Affair will go to auction at Bonhams' Amelia Island auction in March, 2020.
The VW Beetle-based Myers Manx buggy was customized for McQueen to use in the film by Con-Ferr Manufacturing, including replacement of the Volkswagen engine with a 230 hp Chevy Corvair flat-six
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The VW Beetle-based Myers Manx buggy was customized for McQueen to use in the film by Con-Ferr Manufacturing, including replacement of the Volkswagen engine with a 230 hp Chevy Corvair flat-six
Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway in the customised Myers Manx dune buggy from the 1968 movie The Thomas Crown Affair
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Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway in the customised Myers Manx dune buggy from the 1968 movie The Thomas Crown Affair
Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway in the customised Myers Manx dune buggy during filming of the 1968 movie The Thomas Crown Affair
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Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway in the customised Myers Manx dune buggy during filming of the 1968 movie The Thomas Crown Affair
One of the stars of the 1968 movie The Thomas Crown Affair,  the customised Myers Manx dune buggy 
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One of the stars of the 1968 movie The Thomas Crown Affair,  the customised Myers Manx dune buggy 
The Persol sunglasses worn by Steve McQueen in the 1968 movie The Thomas Crown Affair,  sold for $70,200, a world record for a pair of sunglasses at the time.
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The Persol sunglasses worn by Steve McQueen in the 1968 movie The Thomas Crown Affair,  sold for $70,200, a world record for a pair of sunglasses at the time.
One of several automotive stars of The Thomas Crown Affair was a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTS/4 Alloy NART Spyder. The car subsequently sold for $3,960,000 at a Gooding & Company auction in 2005, but might easily top $20 million today.
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One of several automotive stars of The Thomas Crown Affair was a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTS/4 Alloy NART Spyder. The car subsequently sold for $3,960,000 at a Gooding & Company auction in 2005, but might easily top $20 million today.
Bonhams sold the 1967 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Two-Door Sedan driven in The Thomas Crown Affair for a model world record of $70,200 in San Francisco in 2006. 
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Bonhams sold the 1967 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Two-Door Sedan driven in The Thomas Crown Affair for a model world record of $70,200 in San Francisco in 2006
Bonhams seems to have an affinity with Steve McQueen, having sold many of his automotive treasures at auction. Many of them are detailed in our feature article Steve McQueen's 'On Any Sunday' Husqvarna: How a bike that sold for $1500 in 2008 sold for $230,000 in 2018.
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Bonhams seems to have an affinity with Steve McQueen, having sold many of his automotive treasures at auction. Many of them are detailed in our feature article Steve McQueen's 'On Any Sunday' Husqvarna: How a bike that sold for $1500 in 2008 sold for $230,000 in 2018.

The customized Myers Manx dune buggy in which Steve McQueen took Faye Dunaway on a full-noise drive in the sand dunes in the 1968 movie The Thomas Crown Affair, is heading to auction. The VW Beetle-based buggy was customized for the film with a 230-hp Chevy Corvair flat-six, and the restored original movie car will go to auction at Bonhams' Amelia Island auction in March, 2020.

No price estimate has yet been placed on the famous screen car, though it can be expected to sell for an extraordinary sum if previous sales of McQueen and movie memorabilia is any guide.

Auctioneers Bonhams seems to have had the Lion's share of McQueen's cars and motorcycles over the last few decades.

Bonhams sold the 1967 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Two-Door Sedan driven in The Thomas Crown Affair for a model world record of $70,200 in San Francisco in 2006. 
Bonhams sold the 1967 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Two-Door Sedan driven in The Thomas Crown Affair for a model world record of $70,200 in San Francisco in 2006

Bonhams sold the 1967 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Two-Door Sedan driven in The Thomas Crown Affair for a model world record of US$70,200 in San Francisco in 2006.

The Persol sunglasses worn by Steve McQueen in the 1968 movie The Thomas Crown Affair,  sold for $70,200, a world record for a pair of sunglasses at the time.
The Persol sunglasses worn by Steve McQueen in the 1968 movie The Thomas Crown Affair,  sold for $70,200, a world record for a pair of sunglasses at the time.

At that same San Francisco auction, McQueen's auction block cred was forever established when the 1960s-era "foldable" Persol sunglasses McQueen had worn throughout the film sold for the same amount: $70,200. It was a world record for a pair of sunglasses at the time, with the price fetched by plastic tortoise shell-like fashion accessories making world news.

Bonhams seems to have an affinity with Steve McQueen, having sold many of his automotive treasures at auction. Many of them are detailed in our feature article Steve McQueen's 'On Any Sunday' Husqvarna: How a bike that sold for $1500 in 2008 sold for $230,000 in 2018.
Bonhams seems to have an affinity with Steve McQueen, having sold many of his automotive treasures at auction. Many of them are detailed in our feature article Steve McQueen's 'On Any Sunday' Husqvarna: How a bike that sold for $1500 in 2008 sold for $230,000 in 2018.

McQueen's feats on the auction block are now well documented, with most of them chronicled in our feature article Steve McQueen's On Any Sunday Husqvarna: How a bike that sold for $1,500 in 2008 sold for $230,000 in 2018.

One of several automotive stars of The Thomas Crown Affair was a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTS/4 Alloy NART Spyder. The car subsequently sold for $3,960,000 at a Gooding & Company auction in 2005, but might easily top $20 million today.
One of several automotive stars of The Thomas Crown Affair was a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTS/4 Alloy NART Spyder. The car subsequently sold for $3,960,000 at a Gooding & Company auction in 2005, but might easily top $20 million today.

The modified Myers Manx was one of several automotive stars of the The Thomas Crown Affair, with the 1967 Ferrari 275 GTS/4 Alloy NART Spyder debuting in the film alongside McQueen and Faye Dunaway. That car subsequently sold for $3,960,000 at a Gooding & Company auction in 2005, but might easily top $20 million today.

The car on offer

The VW Beetle-based Myers Manx buggy was customized for McQueen to use in the film by Con-Ferr Manufacturing, including replacement of the Volkswagen engine with a 230 hp Chevy Corvair flat-six
The VW Beetle-based Myers Manx buggy was customized for McQueen to use in the film by Con-Ferr Manufacturing, including replacement of the Volkswagen engine with a 230 hp Chevy Corvair flat-six

While the movie helped catapult Faye Dunaway to A-list stardom, the highly-modified Meyers Manx Dune Buggy also helped popularize the wares of Bruce Meyers, and the Myers Manx went from being a low volume toy to a globally recognized genre of recreational vehicle.

One of the stars of the 1968 movie The Thomas Crown Affair,  the customised Myers Manx dune buggy 
One of the stars of the 1968 movie The Thomas Crown Affair,  the customised Myers Manx dune buggy 

McQueen's love for cars and bikes ensured that the film car was unlike any other Manx, as he enlisted the help of Pete Condos of Con-Ferr to build a completely customized and totally unique vehicle.

Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway in the customised Myers Manx dune buggy from the 1968 movie The Thomas Crown Affair
Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway in the customised Myers Manx dune buggy from the 1968 movie The Thomas Crown Affair

In a period documentary about the movie, McQueen said, "Crown lives at the beach and he has a dune buggy. I helped them design it, so I'm kinda proud of that. It's set on a Volkswagen chassis with big ol' wide weenies – big wide tires on mag wheels, Corvair engine stuffed in the back … it's very light, you know (because of the fiberglass body). It's pulling about 230 horses and weighs about a thousand pounds."

Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway in the customised Myers Manx dune buggy during filming of the 1968 movie The Thomas Crown Affair
Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway in the customised Myers Manx dune buggy during filming of the 1968 movie The Thomas Crown Affair

Hence the vehicle that McQueen helped design and then masterfully drove with no stunt double, will be offered for sale at Bonhams' annual Amelia Island, Florida auction next March (2020).

It won't be fully original, as the motor of the original got misplaced along the way, but it has been fully rebuilt with the original chassis and body, and an identical motor (albeit with a different engine number), has been installed.

Source: Bonhams

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