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Steve McQueen’s 1952 Chevrolet camper


The 1952 Chevrolet pickup is reputedly the last vehicle driven by Steve McQueen
The 1952 Chevrolet pickup is reputedly the last vehicle driven by Steve McQueen

Still aching for a drivable piece of Steve McQueen magic, but those million-dollar Porsches are a bit out of reach? Then take note: The vintage Chevrolet camper truck once owned and driven by the late film icon, and apparently the last vehicle he ever drove before his untimely death, is up for sale again.

The Pick of the Day is the 1952 Chevrolet 3800 pickup with a hand-built camper shell that McQueen used regularly, which has been verified by a Certificate of Authenticity signed by McQueen family members as well as the California vehicle registration with McQueen’s signature.

Although the Ontario, Canada, classic car dealer provides scant information in the ClassicCars.com ad about the historic pickup, prospective buyers can view the listing on the dealer website for a complete rundown.

The pickup is said to be in excellent condition as well as celebrity enhanced
The pickup is said to be in excellent condition as well as celebrity enhanced

The truck was featured before by Classic Car News when it went to auction at Mecum’s Anaheim, California, sale in December 2015. The sale price then was just $37,500, plus auction fee, which seemed like a steal for a genuine piece of McQueen lore.

The truck sold again in January at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction, where it reached $60,500, including auction fee. That was still a bargain considering that any item ever used by McQueen usually gets bid into the stratosphere at auction.

The long-bed pickup is in excellent original condition with fewer than 40,000 miles on the odometer, according to the website description. The truck is powered by a six-cylinder engine, which reportedly is of 1954 vintage, and a three-speed manual shifter on the column.

McQueen, who died of cancer in 1980, reputedly took his last drive in the pickup with evangelist Rev. Billy Graham to Ventura Airport in California. From there, the actor flew to El Paso, Texas, on his way to Juarez, Mexico, for the final surgery before he died.

The Canadian dealer provides no asking price for the pickup, but according to its past performance at auction, the truck is most likely the least expensive way to buy into the McQueen saga.

After all, during Mecum’s Monterey auction in August 2015, a 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera that was special ordered and driven by McQueen sold for a stunning $1.95 million. So yes, the camper could be quite affordable.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.


  1. Sorry to step on this glory parade but I’m sick to death of seeing all the “Steve McQueen” stuff selling like it was some mystical talisman. And I am just as sure, if he were still around, he’d say “Suckers.” But while we’re on the subject, does anyone have a sample – or a hoard – of Steve’e fecal material available? I’m sure it’d be worth a fortune, and so “cool”. Right?

  2. Norman Gains, People like you sure take the Fun out of Life for some people! Just because your topography to Bid on any of these McQueen Items don’t spoil it for others. Keep driving your Chevy Leaf. Sucker.,

  3. It’s all about money. It has nothing to do with Steve McQueen. Do you think any of the recent buyers had anything on there mind except making a profit?

  4. At the end of the day, it’s just an old truck/camper… Buy it because you want it, not because Steve McQueen drove it… Yes Steve was a cool soul on the Screen, but he was still just a guy like you and me…

  5. Beautifull chevy truck just like my 1948 one without the camper.So what ,Steve loved his truck just like I love mine,Some people just hate seeing what other drive that they CAN”T have.Eat your heart out Normy boy.Jeff.NZ

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