Icons need celebration. That’s just what Ford Motor Company has done this year with its 2020 Mustang Bullitt Edition. The Highland Green car is a tribute to the iconic original and its driver, Steve McQueen as Frank Bullitt, giving chase through San Francisco in one of the greatest car scenes in silver-screen history.
Singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow belts out, “Like Steve McQueen all we need’s a fast machine and we’re going to make it all right. Like Steve McQueen underneath your radar screen you’ll never catch us tonight!”
The famed movie “hero” car just crossed the Mecum Auctions block in Kissimmee, Florida, where it sold for $3.4 million — the most ever paid at auction for a Mustang. If that winning bid was too rich for your blood, no worries, have we a car for you.
The original ’68 Mustang was purchased by Warner Brothers Studios and handed over to Max Balchowsky (of Old Yeller fame) to get it ready to chase the baddies around the Bay. Engine and suspension work were done, along with removing all exterior badging; the car was scuffed up a bit to give the Mustang a bit more of a cop’s daily driver look, but with a heavy dose of cool.
Everyone said it would set the new record for Mustangs and possibly muscle cars alike. The Steve McQueen Bullitt Mustang GT certainly raised the bar for Mustangs. At the end of the bidding the hammer price of $3.4 Million not only broke records, but wowed the throngs of spectators that crowded the Osceola Heritage Park Hall in Kissimmee, Florida. There’s been a lot of speculation. Now we know.
The pricey 1968 Highland Green GT was walked in like a prizefighter. Known as the the “hero” car used in filming. It was used for closeups and driving scenes, while an identical Mustang was setup as a stunt car. That stunt car was essentially wrecked from an arduous schedule of “gags” on set.
Bullitt Mustang to be Sold in January 2020 Despite Won’t Sell Pledge
Despite stating previously that the it would never be sold (Detroit Free Press Story) Sean Kiernan will be putting the famous Bullitt Mustang will be up for sale at Mecum Auctions in January 2020
The “Bullitt” Mustang, a 1968 fastback, as shown at the 2018 North American International Auto Show. Photo by Ronan Glon.
The Highland Green 1968 Mustang fastback that starred alongside Steve McQueen in Bullitt is, quite possibly, the most-recognized Ford Mustang on the planet, despite spending decades in the shadows. After returning to the spotlight in 2018, the car has made appearances at auto shows, museums, concours d’elegance events, and even on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The BullittMustang has been in the Kiernan family since 1974, but next January may well become the most expensive Mustang ever sold at auction when it crosses the stage during Mecum’s Kissimmee, Florida, sale.
An excellent well organised car show in a beautiful location, cars of all shapes sizes and ages were present.
Here’s the US related contingent of attendees. Classic wise the Galaxy, and the early red Mustang deserve a particular mention. On the modern front the Bullitt Mustang and the Ford GT stood out. There were also a couple of very nice 32 Hot Rod roadsters.
The Legend Lives Tour II will start off in Chicago on Saturday May 26th and arrive in Chino Hills on Thursday May 31st. It will be followed by attendance at the Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show at Boys Republic on June 2nd
When would you ever have the opportunity to run Route 66 with so many participating in a Bullitt movie tribute? — Hoondog Performance Group
To sweeten the pot, Ford is supplying two preproduction 2019 Mustang Bullitts that will participate in the tour and be put on display at the various stops along the route, which runs from May 25 to June 3, 2018. Those stops include meet ’n greet cookouts in Oklahoma and New Mexico, as well as cruise-ins at car dealers in Missouri, Arizona, and Nevada. The tour wraps up at the Santa Monica Pier just ahead of the annual Steve McQueen show held on June 2.
The Bullitt hero car alongside the 2019 Bullitt Mustang at the 2018 North American International Auto Show.
Pricing has yet to be announced, but expect the limited-production Bullitt model to command a premium over the $43,990 base price of a 2018 Mustang GT Premium with the Performance Package. Ford is expecting deliveries to begin in the summer of 2018.