Steve McQueen Motorcycle on Display at Coos Art Museum

Posted by TravelCoosBay on July 13, 2011

The Coos Art Museum has added a motorcycle from the prized personal collection of the late actor Steve McQueen, to its exhibition Thunder at CAM: Motorcycles and Motorcycle Art. The famed actor was an avid collector of vintage motorcycles.

The motorcycle, a 1916 Iver Johnson, V-twin engine model 15 – 7, is one of only six known to survive. The Iver Johnson Arms and Cycle Works, a Massachusetts manufacturer of firearms and bicycles, produced motorcycles from 1910 through 1916.

McQueen acquired the Iver Johnson in 1966 from Ted Pratt of the famed Pratt and Whitney airplane engine company and it remained in the actor’s collection until his death in 1980. Prior to that, the machine had an interesting history as part of a traveling “motorcycle museum”.

The Iver Johnson joins a number of other rare vintage motorcycles on display at Coos Art Museum including a 1914 Cyclone and a 1909 Thor. The Thunder at CAM exhibition runs through July 23, 2011 and this would be a good time to visit or re-visit the Museum before the motorcycles are dispersed back to their private owners.

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About the Coos Art Museum
CAM has been a cultural focal point of Oregon’s scenic Southern Coast since 1966. It occupies an historic 1936 Art Deco US Federal Building in downtown Coos Bay. The Museum offers a wide range of arts activities including exhibitions, art classes and lectures. Hours during the Thunder at CAM exhibition are 10:00am to 4:00pm, Tuesday through Saturday and 1:00 to 4:00 pm on Sunday. Museum admission: $5 general, $2 students and seniors, free to Museum members.