Minichamps MIN122133500 1962 Triumph TR6 650 Trophy Motorcycle used by Steve McQueen in "The Great Escape" (1:12 Scale)
"I would rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth."
- Steve McQueen
The Great Escape, written by James Clavell and W.R. Burnett and directed by John Sturges is an acclaimed 1963 World War II film, based on a true story about Allied POWs with a record for escaping from POW camps. The Nazis and Gestapo placed them in a new more secure German camp, from which they promptly formed a plan to break out 250 men.
The film was based upon the book of the same name by Paul Brickhill, who observed the actual events as a prisoner. Featuring an all-star, Anglo-American cast — including Steve McQueen (whose motorcycle chase is the film's most remembered action scene), James Garner, Richard Attenborough, James Coburn, Charles Bronson and Donald Pleasence — The Great Escape is regarded as a classic and frequently repeated on television. The march tune that serves as the film's theme, written by Elmer Bernstein has also become a classic.
He escaped out of a German prisoner of war camp on a Triumph TR6 650 Trophy. The original triumph was modified with some extra parts, while other original parts were removed. The modifications included the front fender, the tire set, the exhaust system, the seat and many other things. The motorcycle appeared to resemble a WWII-era military vehicle, thereby filling its intended role in the movie. Two motorcycles existed; one was used for the stunt scenes, while the other was used for close-up photos.
Pictured here is a 1:12 scale replica of a Triumph TR6 650 Trophy motorcycle that doubled as a German Army motorcycle, which was used by Steve McQueen in the feature film, "The Great Escape." Comes packaged in a handsome presentation case. Sold Out!
Length: 7 inches
Height: 3.50 inches
Release Date: February 2009
Historical Account: "At the Movies" - After various attempts to reach neutral Switzerland, Sweden, and Spain, including "Cooler King" Hilts' famous motorcycle chase at the Swiss border, almost all of the escapees are recaptured or killed. Only three (Danny and Willie, the two "tunnel kings," and Sedgwick, the "manufacturer") evade capture and make it to safety. Instead of being returned to camp, fifty of the captured prisoners, including Bartlett, are taken to an open field and shot. Senior British Officer Group Captain Ramsey (James Donald) learns of the massacre from von Luger, who has been relieved of command.
Hilts' dash by motorcycle for the border is fictional. It was made on the insistence of McQueen, a keen motorcyclist, and has become one of the most famous action scenes of 1960s classic cinema.