When most car enthusiasts think of Steve McQueen, they likely think of the iconic Highland Green Ford Mustang that he drove in the 1968 film Bullitt. Today, we bring you a much different dark green McQueen car, however – the actor’s old 1952 Chevrolet 3800 camper.
The story goes that McQueen bought this Chevy camper from a migrant worker in the 1970s after he passed by it parked on the side of the road. McQueen was living in Trancas Beach, California at the time, which is located just north of Malibu, and was consistently adding to his collection of vintage cars and trucks.
According to the listing for the truck, which is for sale at Legendary Motorcar Company in Ontario, Canada, it was the last vehicle to transport McQueen to Ventura County Airport when he flew out to Mexico for his final cancer surgery in November of 1980. Reverend Billy Graham traveled with McQueen in the camper en route to the airport, with the actor asking him questions about the afterlife and praying as they drove. Graham then gave McQueen his bible, which he was holding as he passed away due to complications from mesothelioma just a few short days later.
The ’52 Chevy camper was sold at the Steve McQueen Estate auction in 1984 and has traded hands a number of times over the years. The buyer will receive an original Certificate of Authenticity from the estate auction, which is signed by Terry and Chad McQueen, along with the original 1959 California license plates and three California title “pink slips” in Steve McQueen’s name.
It’s not clear what Legendary Motor Company is asking for this certified piece of Steve McQueen history, with the dealer directing interested parties to inquire for a price. More information and additional photography can be accessed at this link.