What Is The Bullitt Mustang?
In 1968 Steve McQueen starred in Bullitt, which featured one of the best, if not the best car chase ever filmed. McQueen thrilled audiences with his maniacal driving in a souped-up Dark Highland Green Mustang GT 390 Fastback. With the 2001 Mustangs, Ford unveiled a special-edition Mustang GT that it called “Bullitt” and was eerily reminiscent of the vintage McQueen machine. The 21st century Bullitt version included short-length sub-frame connectors and Tokico shocks that make this Mustang extremely easy to handle. While the horsepower output was listed at 265 hp, some owners indicated their Bullitt provided a horsepower capacity in the 270-275 range.
In homage to McQueen’s character, this Bullitt was offered in the same green color, along with True Blue and Black. Ford produced a total of 5,582 Bullitt models in 2001.
Fast forward to today where owner of the original Bullitt Mustang, Sean Kiernan, has come out into the public with his family’s story of owning this incredibly priceless piece of cinema history. Check out the exclusive interview below!
Exclusive Interview With Original Bullitt Mustang Owner, Sean Kiernan
We were lucky enough to catch the owner of the original 1968 Mustang Bullitt ‘559 from the movie, Sean Kiernan, while the car was on display in Washington, D.C. right on the National Mall. Sean was nice enough to meet up with Bill and the CJ crew to talk about his story, his family’s story and the history of this car since it’s cinema debut half a century ago.
The only way to describe Sean is a true-to-himself, down to earth guy who is a true Mustang enthusiast like the rest of us. The story of how much this car means to him and his family really makes us believe that this iconic, priceless vehicle could not be in any better hands.
A huge thanks to our friends at Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords, the Mustang Owners Museum, Power Automedia and the Mustang community with fueling us with some great questions to ask Sean! Check out the video on our CJ YouTube Channel for the full interview!
2019 Bullitt Mustang
The Bullitt is finally out! Ford finally released all of the details in Detroit during a press conference at the North American International Auto Show. Along with a few other announcements, the 2019 Mustang Bullitt stole the show in its beautiful, yet familiar Dark Highland Green color with unique exterior badging, grille, wheels, brake color and more! To see more 2019 Mustang paint codes, be sure to check out this article!
First off, the Bullitt is set to deliver in excess of 475 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. That’s a 15 horsepower bump over the 2018 GT’s 460 horsepower! On top of that, the top speed will get a bump of 8 MPH to 163 MPH and under the hood will feature a GT350 Intake Manifold, open air filter element and larger throttle bodies. Needless to say, we’re excited for the performance aspect of the Bullitt to truly live up to its name!
The 2019 Bullitt Mustang will be equipped with MagneRide Damping System and 6-Speed Manual Transmission - sorry, automatic fans! This special edition Mustang will also feature unique exterior and interior accents like the rear badge on the decklid, unique front grille, unique wheels, red-painted Brembo brake calipers, green stitching on those Recaro Seats, a white shift knob and more!
Perhaps the coolest part of it all is that Ford got in touch with Molly McQueen, granddaughter of the original Bullitt driver, Steve McQueen, to pilot the car through a whimsical parking garage video featuring a Dodge Charger fighting for the last parking spot. We think Ford surely hit it on the nail with this unveil and couldn’t be any happier with the way this car turned out. The 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt will be available beginning in Summer 2018.
History: The Bullitt Returns in 2008
Ford resurrected the Bullitt in 2008 and 2009. This edition was highlighted by the inclusion of Torq-Thrust style wheels and the noticeable absence of the decklid spoiler and the removal of all badges. The engine offered a fairly significant power upgrade over the 2001 version, and updated programming provided a power output of 315 hp. In comparison to the standard Mustang GT that was able to go from 0-60 mph in about 5.3 seconds, the Bullitt’s 5-speed Tremec transmission and 3.73:1 ratio live rear axle dropped the time to approximately 4.9 seconds. The 2008 Bullitt also featured an enhanced suspension system for a smoother, more stable ride and increased handling capability.
As far as the interior, this version of the Bullitt was equipped with a special package that included uniquely designed door sills, dash gauges, and steering wheel cap. Other notable interior features included an aluminum gear shift knob, dash panels, and pedals, as well as front seats based on those found in the Mustang GT500.
History: Lost 1968 Bullitt Mustang Stunt Car Found
According to Fox News, one of the well known 1968 Mustang GTs that were used during the filming of Bullitt has resurfaced in Mexico. The famous movie had two Highland Green Mustangs used for filming. One was kept in showroom condition for the glamor shots during the movie and the other was used as a stunt car. It was always said that the stunt car was in such bad shape after filming was completed that it was always said to have been crushed and scraped. ...Or so we thought!
The '68 GT that was kept in showroom condition was auctioned and sold off three times since the movie was released in 1968, however, no questions were ever really asked about the second car used in the movie. In recent news, though, a member of the Vintage Mustang Forum stated that the lost Mustang had resurfaced in Mexico at an undisclosed location. Some key features that would make this car stand out as the lost movie car would be reinforced shock towers (for all those jumps), a custom 9-inch rear axle and holes in the trunk that were used for a generator to run the in-car camera lights. This is one of our favorite rare barn finds of all time!
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