The replica McQueen Desert Racer sells for £12,999 excluding VAT
Replicas of a motorcycle created by Steve McQueen are being built-to-order by a small manufacturer in Oxfordshire.
It is part of a drive to re-launch the classic British motorcycle brand, Metisse, now based near Faringdon.
Screen icon Steve McQueen customised the off-road Desert Racer and rode it competitively in the mid-1960's.
A limited edition of 300 replicas, branded with the actor's signature, are being hand-built by a team of four at workshops in Carswell.
'King of cool'
Metisse sold motorcycle frames in kit-form for British and US bike engines for more than 40 years.
The best-handling bike I've ever owned and the power, it's like supersonic
Steve McQueen bought the Desert Racer frame, built it and customised it with his friend and stunt-double, Bud Ekin, who performed the motorcycle jump in the classic McQueen film, The Great Escape.
The actor, nicknamed the "king of cool" for his portrayals of nonchalant, in-control heroes, then raced the bike in competitions in the Californian desert in 1966 and 1967.
Metisse owner, Gerry Lisi, said: "It was mostly a competition bike, used in motor-cross racing and trials. It is a bike from the sixties and Steve McQueen was particularly fond of it.
"He said it was 'The best-handling bike I've ever owned and the power, it's like supersonic'."
Mr Lisi, who has owned Metisse since 2001, said recently the company had been making only marginal profits: "It needed something special to give the company a boost.
"The McQueen bike has done that. We have had a very good response.
"It taps into a different market than normal, more of a collectors market than a go-to-work-on-a-motorbike type market."
The manufacturing team is currently building the 66th commissioned McQueen bike and planning to launch it to the global market in January.