The Bullitt Mustang
The year is 1968, the location is San Francisco California, and the car is a 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390 driven by Steve McQueen. If you haven’t figured out what I am talking about, it is the Mustang GT that was driven in the famous movie Bullitt. The original Bullitt Mustang was sold after the filming of the movie and was eventually lost until recently!
The Movie That Started It All
For those of you who have not seen this iconic film (which I personally highly suggest), Steve McQueen plays the role of a San Francisco Police officer(Frank Bullitt) who is in charge of protecting a star witness in a high profile case. Unfortunately, the witness is attacked and seriously injured under Officer Bullitt’s supervision. In order to correct his mistakes, Frank Bullitt sets out to find the shooter. All of this leads to one of the most infamous car chase scenes in movie history.
To any automotive enthusiast, if you show them a picture of a highland green 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback, they will automatically tell you where it is from. Unfortunately however, soon after the film was shot, the car was sold to a few owners and moved around the country. Apparently, according to the current owners son, Steve McQueen had reached out a few times to discuss purchasing the car. After McQueens passing, the car fell out of repair and vanished from the public’s eyes.
After the car was deemed undrivable, the father and son who owned it, both talked about fixing it to retain the historical significance, but still being able to drive it. Unfortunately, as with many project cars, life got in the way and the car was left in pieces in the garage. This was the case until 2015 when the owner decided to let the family secret out to a good friend.
After the news of the car was leaked, the duo decieded to get the car back together for the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Of course there were a few hiccups including the “stunt car” being found in a Mexican junkyard. But after all was said and done, the 1968 Mustang GT390 driven by Steve McQueen was on the road again. At the release of the 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt, the orginal Bullitt Mustang was sitting right next to it!