The original 1968 Ford Mustang of Steve McQueen ‘Bullitt’ fame was recently auctioned of in the States – for R54 million. Making it the most expensive Mustang ever sold. GQ motoring ed Dieter Losskarn experienced the limited edition 50th anniversary Bullitt model. On South African roads.
It caused quite a stir among petrolheads and movie aficionados, when Ford Motor Company announced, that they had finally found the original Steve McQueen-driven 1968 Highland green Mustang 390 GT Fastback from the movie Bullitt. Together with Steve, it had been in movie history’s longest and most legendary car chase. McQueen had the windows down during filming, so that viewers could see him behind the wheel, while hunting down the villain’s 1968 Dodge Charger 440 Magnum – for 10 minutes and 53 seconds in the streets of San Francisco.
After hitting a parked car, missing a turn and reversing with smoking tires (all of those scenes stayed in the movie), Hollywood stunt driver Bud Ekins was asked by the director to do some of the driving. Apparently McQueen wasn’t very happy to see Ekins wearing his signature cool clothes and piloting his Mustang.
The discovery of the original, unrestored and patinated movie-car time capsule, which had been in the same family for decades ‘coincided’ perfectly with Ford’s launch of the limited-edition modern Bullitt 50th anniversary model.
Ford Mustang Bullitt/GT
Engine 5.0-l. V8, paired with a 6-speed manual/10-speed auto
Power 338/331kW and 529kW
Top Speed 263/250 km/h
0-100km/h 4.5/4.3 seconds
Price R1010400 (sold out)/from R943000