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Old January 10, 2020, 17:16   #1
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Bullitt sells for $3.74M, topping all-time Mustang record

Wow!

ďSean Kiernan drove his fatherís Mustang for probably the final time today. He shepherded the Highland Green 1968 pony car right up onto the auction block and into the history books. Yes, the original, real-deal hero car from the film Bullitt, starring the inimitable Steve McQueen, just sold at Mecumís Kissimmee, Florida, auction for $3.74 million.Ē

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Old January 10, 2020, 17:47   #2
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Great movie. But some people got more money than sense.
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Old January 10, 2020, 18:43   #3
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Best car chase scene ever. All old school. No computer generated anything like now days movies.
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Old January 10, 2020, 18:50   #4
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Bullitt set the model for all car chases that followed.

Besides the chase scene, the movie is just 'okay'. but damn what a chase scene for that time, and it still holds up damn well.

as all the old timers and people who remember the movie and Steve McQueen pass on, I would suspect this car will drop in value, though.
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Old January 10, 2020, 19:23   #5
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Bullitt set the model for all car chases that followed.

Besides the chase scene, the movie is just 'okay'. but damn what a chase scene for that time, and it still holds up damn well.

as all the old timers and people who remember the movie and Steve McQueen pass on, I would suspect this car will drop in value, though.
I would tend to agree with the movie dragging. I saw it as a double feature with Cool Hand Luke when I was about 10 or so. Parents dropped me and my brother at the theater. I was more interested in the cigarette machine and hot dogs between the scenes. My brother was/is a dweeb.
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Old January 10, 2020, 19:29   #6
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That's okay, but I want the Chevy SUV that Chuck Norris launches out of the ground after being buried in a ten foot deep hole.

Strictly the MOST Badass of all the badass Hollyweed cars.

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Old January 10, 2020, 20:13   #7
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Thanks for posting this, I had heard about the auction and was wondering what it would go for.
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Old January 10, 2020, 22:45   #8
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I had a 67, same color but with a 289. That thing got me into a lot of trouble.
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Old January 10, 2020, 23:06   #9
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That's okay, but I want the Chevy SUV that Chuck Norris launches out of the ground after being buried in a ten foot deep hole.

Strictly the MOST Badass of all the badass Hollyweed cars.

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Old January 10, 2020, 23:10   #10
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The chase scene from Gone in 60 Seconds was pretty wild, too...

The ORIGINAL Gone in 60 Seconds - which I have only found at random on tv, once ever.

Maybe it's on the internet somewhere. I wonder how many yellow 73' Mustangs they demolished for that thing
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Old January 10, 2020, 23:34   #11
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The chase scene from Gone in 60 Seconds was pretty wild, too...

The ORIGINAL Gone in 60 Seconds - which I have only found at random on tv, once ever.

Maybe it's on the internet somewhere. I wonder how many yellow 73' Mustangs they demolished for that thing

Just one. Eleanor still exists too.

Taking out the light pole on the freeway was NOT intentional. They thought it must've killed the driver, until he fired her back up and kept going. Very cool.
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Old January 11, 2020, 07:50   #12
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Maybe it's on the internet somewhere. I wonder how many yellow 73' Mustangs they demolished for that thing
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6eSJs06eCc
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Old January 11, 2020, 08:31   #13
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That's okay, but I want the Chevy SUV that Chuck Norris launches out of the ground after being buried in a ten foot deep hole.

Strictly the MOST Badass of all the badass Hollyweed cars.

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Wasn't that "Lone Wolf McQuade"? That movie was underrated as far Chuck Norris movies go.

As for the Bullitt Mustang...you can't argue with it being an absolute ONE of ONE, with immaculate provenance. Perhaps the most iconic movie car of all time, and owning it would certainly give one a "swagger" unmatched by any other vehicle. Congratulations to the high bidder and new owner!!
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Old January 11, 2020, 16:20   #14
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Old January 11, 2020, 16:24   #15
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And to top it off... a 10% buyers premium.
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Old January 11, 2020, 17:32   #16
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Have never seen Bullitt or anything with Steve McQueen, would not pay 3.7 million for a Ford.
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Old January 11, 2020, 18:09   #17
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And to top it off... a 10% buyers premium.
Sale price was $3.4M; the rest ($340K) is the premium. ��

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Old January 11, 2020, 18:16   #18
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Have never seen Bullitt or anything with Steve McQueen, would not pay 3.7 million for a Ford.
He had a couple that were good. Hear ya on any Ford, not to mention that's an insane amount of hookers and blow.
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Old January 12, 2020, 09:52   #19
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I'd pay 3 million dollars for an original Ford GT. (But I don't take cocaine nor go to whores. )

Well, if I had a lot of those mil-e-yon dollars (with a nod to Cousin Pearl) that is...
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Anything McQueen owned or drove gets the big $$$$.

McQueen was a great racer and driver; his movie "LeMans" from 1970 is still the best racing movie ever made. He once won Sebring; he drove Can Am cars and some F1 stuff.
He owned a large collection of top class cars, cobras, GT40's etc.

By 1974 he swore off cars AND racing.
McQueen moved to Mexico, and drove a beat up ford pickup truck for the rest of his life; no more Ferraris.

The racing gods were pissed. He should have lasted until 2010 anyway, like Carrol Shelby.

McQueens kid, had Gas Monkey Garage re-create an exact replica of the Bullitt car last spring.
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They had that car parked on the National Mall in DC near the Capitol for a few weeks last year at this time. It was under a plexi-glass cover. It had an interesting history. For a couple of years, it was owned by a family who used it for their family car (not rich people). Then it changed hands. They even had a letter displayed that was written by Steve McQueen offering to buy it back from a subsequent owner, who turned him down.
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^^

Just watched this last night.
I’ve kept up with bits and pieces of the story but to hear the owner tell it along with some of the details is pretty interesting.

I can’t get the vid to embed.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VHi...&persist_app=1

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I wonder where the black Dodge Charger from the movieís chase scene is now?
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They had that car parked on the National Mall in DC near the Capitol for a few weeks last year at this time. It was under a plexi-glass cover. It had an interesting history. For a couple of years, it was owned by a family who used it for their family car (not rich people). Then it changed hands. They even had a letter displayed that was written by Steve McQueen offering to buy it back from a subsequent owner, who turned him down.
Actually it was owned by that same family for over 40 years; till it sold the other night at Mecum. They started the bidding @ $3,500 ó the same price they paid for it in the mid-70ís. Itís incredible that they kept the car essentially original all this time. However it was precisely that which helped experts authenticate the car when it was brought to light. Things such as camera mounts welded to specific areas of the frame & chassis used to capture some of the famous chase sequences during filming of bullitt.

For the record, Bullitt is in the top ten of my all time favorite movies. No equal to Steve McQueen when it comes to cool! 😎

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Actually it was owned by that same family for over 40 years; till it sold the other night at Mecum. They started the bidding @ $3,500 — the same price they paid for it in the mid-70’s. It’s incredible that they kept the car essentially original all this time. However it was precisely that which helped experts authenticate the car when it was brought to light. Things such as camera mounts welded to specific areas of the frame & chassis used to capture some of the famous chase sequences during filming of bullitt.

For the record, Bullitt is in the top ten of my all time favorite movies. No equal to Steve McQueen when it comes to cool! ��

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I wonder where the black Dodge Charger from the movieís chase scene is now?
Two were bought for the movie and both were destroyed and scrapped. Just like two mustangs were purchased, the main one was just sold and the other damaged car was located in Mexico and is now being restored.


Speaking of car chase movies from the 1970s do you guys remember Dirty Mary Crazy Larry and Vanishing Point?
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I drove my Bullitt replica in 1985 with my kid, who I bought the car for.
While fixing it, he found a 1970 Mustang Fastback with 351 Cleveland/4 speed.

I bought that one too, and a 69 Fastback for parts. I still have all 3.
I am hounded about that '68, yet. Driving it invites theft; not so much the '65 Coupe.
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My favorite part of the Kiernan family's 40+ years of owning the real Bullitt 'stang was that Mrs. Kiernan used it as her daily driver / grocery hauler for better than half a decade....

Just imagine a Winn-Dixie bagger putting the groceries in the Mustang's trunk and commenting that her car looked just like the one McQueen drove in the movie.
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My favorite part of the Kiernan family's 40+ years of owning the real Bullitt 'stang was that Mrs. Kiernan used it as her daily driver / grocery hauler for better than half a decade....

Just imagine a Winn-Dixie bagger putting the groceries in the Mustang's trunk and commenting that her car looked just like the one McQueen drove in the movie.
it seems funny now but back then, who cared about a 2nd hand car from some movie?

Pretty much nobody. Strange how things change.
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