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November 11, 2019

By: Jonathan

CARS

McQueen’s Thomas Crowne Dune Buggy Headed To Auction

We’re easily triggered (in the good way) here at Gas Monkey Garage by a few topics in the automotive world. There’s of course Burt Reynolds who is joined by Steve McQueen and Thomas Crowne Affair which featured one of Richard’s favorite cars, his lifted Mustang. It just so happens a recent auction posting featured two of those three, Steve McQueen and The Thomas Crowne Affair.

 

Though Bonhams’ Amelia Island Auction doesn’t take place till early March of 2020 it is already getting some buzz due to this dune buggy which was driven by the King of Cool himself in the classic film, The Thomas Crowne Affair. For those youngins which might only be familiar with the remake featuring Pierce Brosnan, this car didn’t just have Steve McQueen in it, but the impeccable Faye Dunaway riding shotgun. Most famously driving a Ford Mustang in Bullitt, which will also hit the auction block soon, McQueen made this dune buggy famous in its own right.

 

The Meyers Manx dune buggy was built by Bruce Meyers and clearly embodies his Southern California upbringing. A car that would most likely not have been uncommon to coastal California natives would find itself on a fast track to stardom of its own following the release of the film and act as the catalyst for dune buggys as we know them today.

 

According to the auction listing, this Meyers Manx was not a floor model, but one the star was actively involved in the build process with furthering its one-of-a-kind status. Via Bonhams:

Unlike any other Manx, however, McQueen enlisted the help of motor legend Pete Condos of Con-Ferr fame to build a completely customized and totally unique vehicle. 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.”

 

This iconic buggy will cross the block on Amelia Island, Florida on March 5th of next year.

[Photo courtesy of Bonhams.]

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