As iconic as the man himself.

Steve McQueen is likely the most effortlessly cool man to exist during the 20th century. He never really needed it, but it is without a doubt that an exceptional car collection made him even cooler. The man once owned the likes of a Jaguar XKSS, a brown Ferrari 250 Lusso and a variety of Porsche 911's.

Just this year even, his iconic Ford Mustang Bullitt from the 1968 film of the same name was recommissioned by the American automaker for a limited production run. McQueen's legacy has far outlived his passing back in 1980.

This week, Silverstone Auctions' NEC Classic Motor Show has announced they'll be selling Steven McQueen's WWII-era 1945 Willys MB Jeep.

Bought directly by McQueen from the US Army, the Willys Jeep was registered and owned by the actor until his death. It was then sold at a 1984 estate sale and kept under lock and key until very recently when it was shipped to the UK for restoration.

The 1945 Jeep is about as iconic as the McQueen himself and still bears the original California blue license plate from his years of ownership. The 4x4 is expected to fetch anywhere between £80,000 to £100,000 (an upper limit of $180,000 AUD).

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