Own Steve McQueen's Rare 1912 Harley-Davidson X8E

The Harley-Davidson X8E was only produced for the 1912 model year, which makes it a rare and collectible bike. This particular specimen also once belonged to the legendary Steve McQueen and features the larger 60 cubic inch engine that was added on only for the latter part of the year - making this one something extra special. This was the first all-chain model produced by Harley-Davidson and it had a clutch, skirted fenders, and a 1000cc engine with mechanical valves. The initial engine was a 49 cubic inch V-twin that was replaced about mid-year by a more powerful 60 cubic inch engine capable of — wait for it — 8 horsepower. It has proved more popular with collectors both for its additional power and its rarity. PHOTOS: See More of Steve McQueen's 1912 Harley-Davidson X8E McQueen's bike first came up for auction at the 1984 Steve McQueen estate auction, which was held at the Imperial Palace hotel in Las Vegas and has been in private hands since. It also has a certificate of authenticity signed by Terry and Chad McQueen as proof of its heritage. As for how much McQueen used the bike, it's believed that he rode it at least once in a pre-1916 motorcycle event. You might also notice the wonky paint job, which has one tank still showing the original factory paint. Legend blames this firmly on a drunken McQueen and his friend Von Dutch who purportedly took a spray can to the bike late one night. Of that, there's no proof, but it seems a believable story given McQueen's reputation. The fully-functioning bike will be going up for auction through Bonhams on Jan. 8 with an expected price between $120,000 and $140,000. RELATED: See Steve McQueen's 1931 Harley-Davidson VL   ________________________________________ Click Here to Read the Original Article on BoldRide