Evel Knievel truck sells for $100,000, will stay in Butte

2011-01-24T06:15:00Z 2011-01-24T06:24:54Z Evel Knievel truck sells for $100,000, will stay in ButteBy Gerard O'Brien of The Montana Standard Montana Standard

The last vehicle that was owned by international motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel sold for $100,000 at a car auction Saturday in Scottsdale, Ariz., but will remain in Butte on display at Butte GM auto.

Bill Rundle, longtime friend and manager of the late Knievel, told The Montana Standard Sunday that the red, white and blue-striped rig was the last one titled in Evel's name. Knievel, a Butte native, died Nov. 29, 2007. He was 69.

"The bidding started out at $10,000 and was run up to $50,000 by a Colorado collector," Rundle told The Standard. "Then Wayne Sterns of Butte GM got in, and between he and the collector, he ran it up to $100,000."

Sterns, who flew down to the Barrett-Jackson car auction, said he didn't want to see the truck leave Butte.

"It was a total surprise to me," Rundle said. "He'll be the only Chevy dealer to have a Ford in his display room," Rundle chuckled.

Knievel's 2002 Ford F-150 crew cab truck had 18,000 miles on it. "It was a prototype truck number 000 and was his pride and joy," Rundle told Standard. The interior is all leather and suede and has the traditional daredevil's ‘V' markings on the inside as well."

Knievel's stunts included jumps over Greyhound buses, Caesar's Palace fountain, sharks and Idaho's Snake River Canyon. It made the Butte native an international icon in the 1970s.

Also at the auction, Dave Ressler of Ressler Chevrolet in Bozeman donated a 40th anniversary Corvette to raise money to fight colon cancer. Rundle, who has health issues with cancer, spoke to the crowd before the bidding started. He said several bidders combined to raise $270,000 for TGen or Translational Genomics Research Institute, based in Phoenix, Ariz. TGen research tries to find the exact cells that cause a specific cancer so it can be isolated.

Several people bid on the car and kept donating it back to the cause, so the Corvette will also be returned to the Bozeman dealership, Rundle said.

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  1. annd
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    annd - January 30, 2011 10:57 am
    Yes there are so many worthwhile things that this "type of monetary outlay" could make - such as contributing to the place which feed the homeless (yep, Butte has homeless people) and things like that. There are lots of people who can't buy groceries, and while anyone can spend their money ANY way they wish (and it's cool to have the history of something like that) but...my point (and a few others) was to bring attention to the fact that's a LOT of dough!
  2. Afterthought
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    Afterthought - January 30, 2011 7:12 am
    Great, can we buy some of our Butte High School students shoe's so they can attend. I know 5 kids who droped out because they didnt have shoes. pathetic!
  3. annd
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    annd - January 29, 2011 10:39 am
    I find $100,000 especially a good deal of money. It's cool the truck stays in Butte - but it's still a chunk of change. I've seen some of the most hateful comments on the MT Standard, makes me sad. Everyone does have a right to their opinions. But, I've seen lots of attacks like shut up, and all kinds of other things, calling people names - it's supposed to go against the policies. I for one think it's great that businesses are successful and in this economic climate might be able to buy novelty items like a $100K truck. But, for most every-day average citizens that represents two years worth of wages. Not exactly practical, is it? I don't care if I get flack for saying this. The dealerships do make good deal of money, some of them aren't so great about sharing the wealth
  4. mountaintop
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    mountaintop - January 29, 2011 9:07 am
    This is in response to lookatbigpic.Does anyone realize how much the dealerships contribute to the community?How much is given away each year?As an employee of Butte Gm for many years,I can honestly say that this company has been very good to me and my family.The wealth has and continues to be shared with the public every year.It's just not given as much attention as the sale of the Ford truck.
  5. swilli7
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    swilli7 - January 29, 2011 9:06 am
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    swilli7 - January 29, 2011 9:01 am
    lookatbigpicc do you really have any proof to what you are saying?....I think not! for you to say that car dealerships dont treat the community or thier employees well is a pure insult not only to the dealership but the cumminity in which we live and work. We invest not only in our community via donotaions to local orginizations(drivers education cars, chemical free grad partys, mariahs challange, evil days, butte celebrations to name a few)as well as into our employees with health care programs and 401k programs. And as far as a good deal for buying a car well you obviosly either cant or wont buy a car at one of the fine dealerships in our area, who buy the way are some of the top performing dealers in the western region not only for sales but overall customer satifaction and customer retention and yes you can look that up. So next time you lookatbigpic decide to open your mounth with an ignorant option to businesess here make sure you really know what your talking about or perhaps just keep your mouth shut.....dork!
  7. hobbsmcbuff
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    hobbsmcbuff - January 29, 2011 8:58 am
    As an employee of one of the dealerships lookatbigpic is referring to he has no idea or concept of the money that is poured into our community by auto dealerships. Not only are we paid a competitive wage for this area but our dealership has personally given away 18 cars to charities, sponcered the chemical free graduation parties for years. The Evil Knievel truck is an investment and everyone is entitled to invest there money anyway they see fit.
  8. uptown
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    uptown - January 28, 2011 8:00 am
    lookatbigpic said: "... I think it's great this truck stays in the area, and what a coup that is...but to be fiscally responsible, share your wealth with your employees and customers, first...owners"

    Ah, communism in its purest sense!
  9. what the what
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    what the what - January 27, 2011 4:31 pm
    Successful businesses will always be able to afford to buy stuff, hence the term successful. $40K used to buy a nice house but that was way into last century, say 40-50 years ago. Where have you been hiding lookatthebigpic?
  10. lookatbigpic
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    lookatbigpic - January 26, 2011 1:03 pm
    I think that's great. However these car dealerships I just have to say - they can save fireworks (the Ford dealer), they can purchase a novelty truck at $100K! That's one hell of a lot of money. Even $40K is a lot of money, in this day and age espec. So that proves to me, that these dealerships have some cash on hand. Why is it that they don't want to spread it around (for their employees), or ... they don't want to give a better deal to the buying public? Both places don't really pay worth a hoot, and the people working for them deserve better. I think it's great this truck stays in the area, and what a coup that is...but to be fiscally responsible, share your wealth with your employees and customers, first...owners
  11. what the what
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    what the what - January 24, 2011 8:56 pm
    Awww gee c'mon everybody....Hooray!

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