Back in 1968, Steve McQueen led antagonists on a wild chase through the streets of San Francisco behind the wheel of an iconic green Ford Mustang for his role as detective Lieutenant Frank Bullitt in Bullitt. A modern reboot of the classic movie is on the horizon, set to be directed by Steven Spielberg and star Bradley Cooper in the titular role.
Details on the upcoming film are slim thus far, but it will be developed by Warner Brothers. The entertainment studio has stated that the new rendition of Bullitt will be “completely different” from the original. Cooper will produce the film alongside Spielberg, with Chad McQueen and Molly McQueen, Steve McQueen’s son and granddaughter, serving as executive producers. It’s not clear at this time when the movie could be released.
The Blue Oval has made several efforts to keep the “Bullitt” name synonymous with the Mustang over the last 54 years since the movie’s initial release. In the late 1960s, Ford released a more aggressive version of the first-generation Mustang to commemorate the film. The pony car’s 2008 model year lineup included another Bullitt-inspired Mustang that borrowed elements from the GT500 models, and a sixth-generation version returned for a brief production run in 2019. As previously reported by Ford Authority, the final Ford Mustang Bullitt rolled off the assembly line at the Flat Rock Assembly plant in late 2020.
Often referred to as the European cousin of the Ford Mustang, the Ford Capri has long been a popular vehicle to modify and race in a variety of motorsports across the world. But as is the case with most race cars, a lot of these old Capris are beaten down and used up after a hard life, many winding up as nothing more than a pile of spare parts. That isn’t the case with this 1973 Ford Capri owned by Jerry LaCoss, however, as he treated it to a luxurious restomod makeover after its days of drag racing were over.
LaCoss spent two years giving the 1973 Ford Capri a total makeover, inspired by a 1972 Capri he purchased many years ago when he used it as a family hauler. He’s always appreciated the model’s European styling and interesting history, so he knew exactly what he wanted to do with this one, which LaCoss purchased as a stripped-out shell from a friend.
As we get ever-so-close to the start of 2021 Ford Bronco production at the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant, which kicks off next month, it’s even more interesting to take a look back at the last time a Bronco rolled off the assembly line – the 1990s. And this classic clip contains 20 minutes of footage of exactly that – last-gen Ford Bronco production at the old Michigan Truck Plant, as it was formerly known.
The video is also set to a narration discussing the history of the Ford Bronco leading up to today, which is a nice touch. It then moves on to a discussion of the plant, which used to build both the full-size Bronco and the Ford F-Series pickup. Back then, nearly 2,000 employees worked at the plant. The facility originally opened way back in 1957, right on the edge of a small town – Wayne, Michigan.
Bowing for the 1955 model year, the Ford Thunderbird was the personal luxury car answer to the Chevrolet Corvette. The Thunderbird, or T-Bird, was produced continuously from 1955 through the 1997 model year, and again from 2002 to 2005, and through 11 different generations.
Luxury and performance were not mutually exclusive in the Ford Thunderbird. The 1957 Thunderbird’s 312 cubic-inch Y-Block V8 could be optioned with twin four-barrel carbs or a McCullough supercharger. The second generation T-Bird would offer a 430 cube, 350 horsepower V8 for the now four-passenger car. The fourth gen Thunderbird would offer 428 horsepower as an option.
As the Ford Thunderbird entered the 1990s with its tenth generation, another performance package was offered in the guise of the Thunderbird Super Coupe. The SC was powered by a supercharged 3.8-liter V6 that produced 210 horsepower (remember, this was the end of the Malaise Era, and 210 ponies was a pretty big deal).
The Thunderbird Super Coupe was well equipped with standard electronically-controlled speed-sensitive power steering, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, Traction-Lok differential, and 16 x 7-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Goodyear Eagle tires, and an Adjustable Ride Control System.
There aren’t many cooler parade vehicles on this planet than vintage fire trucks. Everybody loves to see an old Ford fire truck cruising along at slow speeds, showing off its impressive equipment and timeless charm for kids of all ages to soak in. Perhaps with a little bit of candy, of course. But this 1941 Ford fire truck that’s up for sale at Marshall Goldman is apparently good at more than just making people smile at parades.
That’s because instead of filling the bed with a bunch of fire-fighting equipment, this vintage Ford has been transformed into the coolest motorcycle hauler we’ve come across in some time. Right now, the truck is carrying around a mock-up of a vintage Indian two-wheeler, but we’d certainly replace it with the real thing if it was our truck.
The first-generation Ford Taurus revolutionized the mid-size sedan segment, literally sending competitors like General Motors and several Japanese rivals back to the drawing board. Several years after its introduction, Ford managed to once again light the world on fire with the 1989 Ford Taurus SHO, a range-topping performance model packed with respectable performance and driving dynamics.
Today, lightly-used models are starting to command prices well above $5,000, but our featured SHO currently on sale on Bring a Trailer with no reserve might not reach that high. That’s because of some imperfections that might make it a better deal than the extremely clean collectibles still out there.
Currently, $3,600 is the maximum bid for this 1989 Ford Taurus SHO. That’s a bit lower than expected, though there are two major reasons why bidders might be staying away. For starters, the true mileage of this SHO cannot be verified at the moment. The Carfax report suggests the odometer rolled over at some point, making it a 141K mile vehicle.
The Ford Mustang initially achieved cinematic immortality in Bullitt, a 1968 film starring Steve McQueen that featured some of the best car chase scenes of all time. Fortunately, it wasn’t the last Hollywood production to give the pony car a starring role. Gone in 60 Seconds, the 2000 remake starring Nicolas Cage and Angelina Jolie, introduced the iconic 1967 Eleanor Mustang to the world, and things haven’t been quite the same since. The Eleanor was an incredible and unique take on the ’67 Shelby GT500, and enthusiasts as well as those who aren’t your typical “car people” instantly fell in love with the design.
Three Eleanors survived production to make it into the hands of private collectors. As Ford Authority previously reported, one of them sold for quite a bit of money back in January 2020. That example went to auction, but the Eleanor featured here today is simply being offered for sale by a German dealership.
The 1967 Eleanor Mustang for sale at ChromeCars is #7 of the 11 originally built for the movie. Cinema Vehicle Services, the company responsible for producing the Mustangs, worked with legendary automotive designers Steve Sanford and Chip Foose on the design, which explains why they look so great.
This particular Eleanor has traveled far and wide over the last 20 years. A British collector brought it to Europe some time before 2012. Then, ChromeCars purchased it in 2017 and transported it back to Los Angeles to revisit the original film locations. It then made its way back across the Atlantic to Germany, where it currently resides.
The Lincoln Continental has been a part of some of the most impactful moments in American history and has also made its mark on film and television over the past several decades. Though it will soon depart the Lincoln lineup once again, there are plenty of great models to look back on. Take this beautiful 1973 Lincoln Continental Coupe, for example. It has all the panache we’d expect from an early 70s luxury barge, and it’s now headed to find a new owner at Mecum’s Dallas auctions in October.
This cream-white Continental has a 460 cubic-inch V8 under the hood and has only traveled 88,000 miles during tis 47-year lifespan. The original black leather interior looks to be in good shape and the car is equipped with several factory options, including air conditioning, power seats, and power windows. Even the details on this Continental are solid, like the working factory clock on the dash.
That’s impressive for a car that was one of six performance Mustang variants in 1969, and this gorgeous Meadowlark Yellow example that was recently sold by LaFontaine Automotive is a good example of why it was so popular.
Project car builds don’t always go as planned, but sometimes they go so far off the rails that it’s hard to imagine them ever being completed. “Off the rails” might be an understatement for this 1966 Mustang project, which started life as a completely different car than the one you see here.
As explained by SoCal-based pony enthusiast named Gee, his first 1966 Ford Mustang burnt down in an electrical fire while in the shop for a tune up. That car was almost a total loss, with the only part that could be salvaged being the engine.
Since the ‘Stang was a project car, it wasn’t insured for damaged caused by “electrical fire in a garage.” Luckily, Gee was able to recover enough from the car to purchase a second 1966 Mustang Coupe and used the 347 cubic-inch Stroker engine from the scorched model to power it.