Most Famous Movie Mustangs

Most Famous Movie Mustangs

Last Updated August 8, 2023 | Kevin Brent

The Ford Mustang has been a star of the silver screen for decades. It has appeared in some of the most iconic films in movie history. From Steve McQueen's 1968 Mustang GT in Bullitt to Nicolas Cage's restomod 1967 Shelby GT500 in Gone in 60 Seconds, these beloved cars have become ingrained in the hearts and minds of generations of moviegoers. Check out some of the most famous Mustangs in movies and the stories behind their iconic appearances.

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Bullitt Movie Mustang

Bullitt, 1968 Ford Mustang GT Fastback

In the 1968 classic Bullitt, Steve McQueen took the wheel of a Mustang GT 390 Fastback and created arguably the most exciting car chase scene in movie history. The Dark Highland Green muscle car became an iconic symbol throughout the Mustang community, and Ford eventually resurrected the build in 2008, 2009, and 2019.

This mustang was lost to history for many years. It was recently rediscovered by the Mustang community. Ahead of the reveal of the 2019 Bullitt Mustang tribute build, enthusiast Sean Kiernan revealed that he was in possession of the original movie Mustang! Kiernan had received it from his late father who had purchased it from an ad in 1974.

Our resident Mustang expert Bill got to interview Sean at the Bullitt Mustang's display location in front of the nation's capital. Check out all of the fascinating details of the Bullitt Mustang's history in the video below.

Goldfinger Movie Mustang

Goldfinger, 1965 Mustang Convertible

Several months after debuting to the public, the Ford Mustang was racing through the Swiss countryside in the box office hit Goldfinger. This exciting appearance of the 1964.5 Mustang Convertible in the James Bond classic was the pony car's first of many cinematic cameos.

This appearance featured a very early model as it was very soon after the initial release of the Mustang. It was painted in Wimbledon White with red interior trim, creating an instantly iconic look for enthusiasts looking to emulate the Bond aesthetic.

While it was not used in the actual film, Ford was commissioned to build a special 1965 Mustang Fastback for Goldfinger. This Mustang, complete with gold paint, gold interior trim, and a unique front spoiler, was completed after filming. It is one of the rarest Mustangs ever produced due to its unique history. It was recently up for auction and was on sale for a price of $139,500.

Eleanor Movie Mustang

Gone in Sixty Seconds, 1971 Mustang Sportsroof, 1967 Ford Shelby Mustang GT 500

Though the original Gone in Sixty Seconds from 1974 did not have a huge production budget, the story of a car thief attempting to steal 48 cars in 5 days spawned one of the most iconic movie Mustangs - the Eleanor Mustang. Based on a 1973 Mach 1 (though the actual movie mustang was a 1971 model), the original Eleanor had a bright yellow exterior, and a unique sense of style. The hero car for still shots was mostly unmodified, but the stunt version of the Eleanor Mustang was fitted with a roll cage, skid plate, and reinforced automatic transmission.

Mustang from Gone in 60 Seconds-1974
Recreation of the Mustang from Gone in 60 Seconds - 1974

In 2000, Gone in Sixty Seconds was remade with Nicholas Cage and Angelina Jolie in the starring roles. Along with the new movie came a new Eleanor Mustang. The 1973 Mach 1 was replaced with a Gunmetal Gray 1967 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500. This Mustang instantly became iconic for its distinct styling and double-black-striped hood. Today, it is easily the more popular of the two models. The hero cars were designed by Chip Foose and Steven Stanford.11 total cars were built for production, but only 3 of the hero cars survived.

Mustang from Gone in 60 Seconds-2000
Recreation of the Mustang from Gone in 60 Seconds - 2000

The original hero cars from Gone in Sixty Seconds are some of the most valuable movie Mustangs today, with some selling at auction for upwards of one million dollars.

Learn more about the history of the Eleanor Mustang.

John Wick Movie Mustang

John Wick, 1969 Fastback

Mustang from John Wick
Image of a real '69 Boss 429

Keanu Reeves starred in the 2014 action blockbuster John Wick as a hitman who goes on a revenge mission against those who wronged him. John Wick's 1969 Boss 429 has become a very famous movie Mustang over the years. However, despite what is claimed in the film, the car was actually a 1969 Mach 1 styled and modified to look like a Boss 429. John Wick's Boss 429 was an automatic, but that was never a feature of the real 1969 Boss 429.

All five movie Mustangs crashed during filming. Unfortunately, this means you can't get your hands on an original John Wick Mustang. You would have to settle for a replica. If you'd like to learn more about the John Wick Mustang, check out our full-length article.

I Am Legend Movie Mustang

I Am Legend, Shelby GT500

Mustang from I Am Legend
Recreation of the Mustang from I Am Legend

The 2007 movie I Am Legend starring Will Smith also had a famous movie Mustang. Smith drove a 2007 Shelby GT500 in the film. It was painted a striking red with white racing stripes.

While six identical cars were commissioned for the production, only one appears to have survived after filming. The last Mustang used on the set was put up for auction with a sales price of $85,000 in 2019!

Tokyo Drift Movie Mustang

The Fast & The Furious Tokyo Drift, 1967 Fastback

While there are plenty of films with vehicle lineups aimed towards classic Mustang purists, not all movie Mustangs come with stock setups. Case in point, the 1967 Mustang Fastback from the 2006 film The Fast & The Furious Tokyo Drift. The Tokyo Drift Mustang was engine swapped with a twin-turbo RB26 taken from a R34 Skyline GT-R.

The movie's hero car was eventually switched to a single turbo setup, and even got tested by Edmunds before filming started. The modified pony car was able to output 340 horsepower at 7300 RPM and 264 lb-ft of torque at 5950 RPM to the wheels.

Despite the name of the movie and the insane power from the engine, the hero car never actually did any drifting. All the drifting was performed by stunt cars with 403 cubic-inch V8 crate engines. Not even the engine sounds were from the modified Mustang. They were all dubbed over in post.

Basic Instinct Movie Mustang

Basic Instinct, 1991 GT Convertible

Some movie Mustangs are famous for their custom look and iconic stylings. Others like Michael Douglas's 1991 Mustang GT 5.0 automatic convertible from Basic Instinct are famous for how they're driven.

The 1991 GT takes part in a chase scene where it flies up a flight of stairs and takes on a huge jump, showing off the Fox Body's street racing capabilities. Another great draw for enthusiasts in this movie is the sound of the 5.0L GT engine, which is taken right from the Mustang used in the chase.

Even More Movie Mustangs

Those were some of the most famous movie Mustangs of all time, but they're not the only movies that featured Mustangs. There are plenty of movies that have Mustang cameos in a less prominent role. Check out the list below for even more movie Mustangs.

Diamonds Are Forever Mustang

Diamonds Are Forever, 1971 Mach I

In Connery's final Bond film, a red 1971 Mustang Mach I is featured in a chase scene involving a reverse slide and some 2-wheel improvisation.

Thomas Crown Affair Movie Mustang

Thomas Crown Affair, 1968 Shelby GT500

Mustang from Thomas Crown Affair
Recreation of the Mustang from Thomas Crown Affair

Pierce Brosnan drives a modified 1968 Shelby GT500 with raised off-road style suspension and a top light bar in this 1999 film. Recreating this look has become a popular build project despite its brief appearance.

Princess Diaries Movie Mustang

The Princess Diaries, 1966 Convertible

Anne Hathaway drives a light blue 1966 Mustang Convertible in this 2001 comedy. It's in pretty rough shape at first, but it shows up in much better condition in the sequel.

Knight Rider Movie Mustang

Knight Rider, 2008 Shelby GT

Even though the 2008 reboot of the Knight Rider series has mostly been forgotten, it produced a pretty cool custom Mustang. The talking car KITT is portrayed as a 2008 Shelby GT enhanced with KR performance parts and custom exterior styling to achieve the iconic Knight Rider look.

Transformers Movie Mustang

Transformers, 2007 Saleen S281 Extreme

Known for its over-the-top action sequences, the Transformers series is no stranger to fast and loud cars. In the original 2007 Movie, the car form of the Transformer Barricade is a 2007 Saleen Mustang styled as a cop car.

Make Your Movie Mustang Build a Reality

With such a long history and an impressive list of movie appearances, it's no wonder why the Ford Mustang has become so beloved in popular culture. If any of these famous movie Mustangs have inspired a custom build idea for you, be sure to check out our Mustang parts page. We have everything you need to make your dream build a reality from direct-fit factory replacements to custom aftermarket mods for every Mustang model.


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