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. In 2001, 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.

Bullitt MustangThe 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.

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.

Lost Bullitt Mustang Allegedly Found!

According to Fox News, one of the well known 1968 Mustang GTs that were used during the filming of Bullitt seems to have 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. Who knows if this could be the actual car - we'll keep you posted!

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