A 1931 Brough Superior SS80 owned by Steve McQueen will be offered during Gooding & Company‘s Pebble Beach sale on Aug. 20–21.

The King of Cool owned the British-made bike from 1976 or so until his untimely death in 1980, sharing it with his pal, famed car and motorcycle customizer Kenny “Von Dutch” Howard.

The Brough Superior, known as the “Rolls-Royce of Motorcycles”, was favored by the likes of Lawrence of Arabia

McQueen was of course a world-class motorbike rider; the image below of him on the cover of Modern Cycle magazine in his Barbour International is from the cool new edition of of McQueen’s Machines: The Cars and Bikes of a Hollywood Icon.

The Brough Superior, known as the “Rolls-Royce of Motorcycles”, was favored by the likes of Lawrence of Arabia and other adventurous types in the 1920s and ’30s.

With McQueen’s provenance behind it the bike is conservatively estimated at $100,000 – $200,000, though we expect it to go considerably higher.

Hell, one of the newfangled replicas will run you more than that….

[via Forbes / Hannah Elliot]

Courtesy Motorbooks; click to enlarge

McQueen's Machines