Earlier, we informed you that Mecum Auctions Inc. was slated to announce a historically significant consignment today at their media conference in Monterey, California. The wait is finally over; the unprecedented automotive offering that will join the lineup at the 2020 Kissimmee Auction in Florida is none other than Steve McQueen’s Bullitt Mustang. The vehicle up for auction is the actual 1968 Mustang GT that was driven by McQueen in the classic and well-known ‘Bullitt’ film. This is not a drill; the Highland Green 1968 Ford Mustang fastback is not a replica or mockup.
If you have ever wanted to own one of the most incredible and well-renown pieces in Hollywood automotive history, this is your chance. The Highland Green 1968 Ford Mustang fastback is not a replica or mockup; it’s the actual movie car. Known simply as ‘Bullitt’, this car was driven at dangerously high speeds through the busy streets of San Francisco in one of the memorable motion pictures of all time. Now we get to watch it on the fast-track to joining some of the most valuable American-made collector cars ever sold.
This Mustang is one of just two that were used to fill the role in the 1968 action/thriller ‘Bullitt,’ which was named after main character Lt. Frank Bullitt played by Steve McQueen. It was used in countless scenes throughout the movie, including the infinitely famous car chase scene that went on to become one of the most influential and well-known car chases throughout all of film history. When filming concluded, this car was sold to a private buyer and was believed to be lost to history until its unveiling for the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang ‘Bullitt’ just last year. The car remains in its original condition and retains several unique and distinguishable features from the movie.
The announcement regarding this legendary offering was made at Mecum Monterey 2019. Automotive and entertainment reporters, photographers, social media influencers, and others in awe as the Bullitt Mustang was presented under tight security in a one-car “glass house.” Longtime owner, Sean Kiernan, was present alongside Mecum Auctions President and Founder Dana Mecum for the unveiling and media notice. The reveal proved to be an emotional one for the second-generation caretaker of the ‘Stang, who originally inherited the car from his father.
The 1968 Bullitt Mustang was last seen at LeMay—America’s Car Museum in July. The car will now be exhibited at various automotive events around the country leading up Mecum’s Kissimmee auction in January 2020.
The Kissimmee 2020 auction will take place from Thursday, January 2, 2020 through Sunday, January 12, 2020 at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida. Car enthusiasts, collectors, and film buffs, alike, can barely contain their excitement. We will all be impatiently waiting to see who wins this iconic vehicle when it crosses the block during the world’s largest collector car auction.
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