Steve McQueen’s Long-Lost Dune Buggy Restored, Up For Sale
It’s big year coming up for Steve McQueen vehicles! In January of 2020, the official Bullitt Mustang that was Steve McQueen’s iconic car is heading to Mecum’s Kissimmee auction.
Joining the Bullitt now is McQueen’s Meyers Manx dune buggy featured in “The Thomas Crown Affair”. The movie was also released the same year as “Bullitt,” in 1968.
After McQueen drove Faye Dunaway across the dunes of Crane Beach and the movie wrapped, Hawaii-based car enthusiast Jimmy Pflueger purchased it and nobody had really seen it since. However, it was reported last year by Fox News Autos that the Manx still existed and was undergoing a full restoration. The Corvair six-cylinder engine has been swapped for a VW racing motor and stripped of the custom trim while losing most of the original parts.
The buggy switched owners a few more times before landing in the hands of the current (anonymous) owner. It’s been sitting in storage since he bought it in the 1990s but the film’s anniversary got him interested in it again, sparking a restoration.
Now though, it’s time for it to change owners once more. It’s heading to the auction block in the Bonhams Amelia Island, Fla., auction on March 5.