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September 3, 2020

By: Sinjin


Steve McQueen’s 1952 Chevy 3800 Camper

If you hear the name Steve McQueen, one certain car speeds to the front of everyone’s mind. The Bullitt Mustang and “The King of Cool” Steve McQueen are synonymous as they are rightfully automotive and Americana icons. We even built a replica of that famous Forest Green Mustang on Fast N’ Loud and took it a step further and recreated the legendary chase scene. The vehicle that doesn’t come to mind when you hear Steve McQueen is his 1952 Chevrolet 3800 Pickup Camper. It should.

When we saw it was up for sale on Bring-A-Trailer, we couldn’t just keep scrolling. Even if we weren’t planning on bidding, with a name like that attached to a pretty rad Camper, we had to take a better look at it.

The camper was originally created by Northern Sheet Metal in Yreka, California in 1952, and later purchased by McQueen in 1978. Although Steve McQueen made his name from acting, his interest in automobiles and motorcycles means that he was always looking for the next coolest thing to drive.

The camper shell is made from galvanized sheet metal and aluminum, which explains why it looks this good all these years later. Inside, the camper has a ton of space with a spacious bed and plenty of storage. While you won’t see this Chevy burning rubber across the streets of San Francisco, it’s powered by a 235 cu. in. straight-six and paired to a four-speed transmission.

The significance of this truck is unmatched. According to Barrett-Jackson:

McQueen mostly used the truck for cross-country camping trips…This truck’s significance takes on greater historical importance as it was the last vehicle to take McQueen from his Santa Paula home to the Ventura County Airport on Nov. 3, 1980, to embark on his journey to Mexico for what would be his final cancer surgery.

If all of that doesn’t make this camper one super sweet purchase, it’s also offered with a Husqvarna CR250. With the bid currently up to $64,000, it has surpassed what it sold at Barrett-Jackson in 2016 for $60,500. Even if you aren’t the buyer, a truck this cool it worth at least checking out and paying some respect to the legendary and iconic “King of Cool” Steve McQueen. The auction has 24 hours left on the clock, so take your crack at it or check it out before its too late.

Photo credit: Bring-A-Trailer

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