The 1968 Mustang that Steve McQueen famously drove in the movie “Bullitt” sat in a D.C.-area garage for decades. Now, it’s headed to the National Mall. News4’s Leon Harris got to ride in the car and hear the emotional story of how its owner restored it.
It may be the most iconic chase in an American film, as the Highland Green 1968 Ford Mustang GT fastback screamed through the streets of San Francisco with Steve McQueen at the helm during 11 minutes of “Bullitt.”
The Historic Vehicle Association is currently running its fourth annual Cars at the Capital event. That means that throughout April, cars of historic significance will be displayed in a glass case located between Washington, D.C.’s National Gallery of Art and National Air and Space Museum.
If you’re planning a trip to Washington, D.C. this month, and want to include the automobile in your touristy activities somehow, might we suggest a stroll down the walkway between the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and the National Gallery of Art facing the U.S. Capitol building?
The Ferris Bueller ‘Ferrari’ Was the First of Several Classic Cars on Display on the Mall This Month
What better way to honor America’s love affair with cars than to place the replica Ferrari from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on the Mall?
Steve McQueen’s Highland Green 1968 Ford Mustang GT fastback vanished 38 years ago. The ominous-looking pony car with the barking 390-cubic-inch V-8, which starred in one of the greatest chase scenes in movie history in the film Bullitt—with McQueen doing the driving in many of the shots—may have been lost, but it was never forgotten.
Fourth Annual Historic Vehicle Association Cars at the Capital Exhibition March 30 – April 30, 2018 | National Mall in Washington, DC
At the time of its release in November 1983, much was made of the Plymouth Voyager. It was seen as a revolutionary new vehicle that would change the American consumer market and help save a flagging corporation. And while much of this was true, it was not the first “mini” van. It was, however, the first most commercially successful, arriving in the right place at the right time to truly take off. In honor of those that came before it, we take a look back at some of the precursors to the latest addition to the National Historic Vehicle Register.
Created for the iconic 1986 film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, in which the titular character skips school, kidnaps his best friends Cameron Frye and Sloane Peterson, borrows Cameron’s dad’s beloved “Ferrari” and makes a day of it in the city of Chicago, the 1985 Modena Spyder California is not what it was made to appear.