It has just been announced the 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback driven by Steve McQueen in the movie “Bullitt” is going up for sale this upcoming January at Mecum’s Kissimmee auction. The “Bullitt Mustang” famously came out of hiding in January 2018 after being hidden away for several decades during its ownership by the Keirnan family and has been taken the automotive world by storm since its public debut.
We talked with Sean Kiernan, the current owner of the car, on why he has decided to part with the infamous Mustang and he had this to say:
“I have done what I set out to do with the car, which was to tell my Dad’s story in the best way possible and [to] share the car with the world. I had no idea what to expect when we unveiled it […], but since then everyone has been absolutely excited and respectful to see the car and hear the story.
Bullitt has been a part of my family for over 45 years and we have celebrated her in the grandest way possible and now it will have a new role and a new meaning to the future owner. I can promise that we have thought through this together and decided that it is the best decision for the family.”
Leading up to the Mecum auction in January, the car will be displayed at several events for your chance to see the car. These events include:
Kentucky Summer Nights; Somerset, KY – August 24th
Mecum Dallas Auction; Dallas, TX – September 4-7th
Charlotte Autofair; Charlotte, NC – October 17-19th
SEMA; Las Vegas, NV – November 5-8th
Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals; Rosemont, IL – November 23-24th
Sean also stated that he will continue to be very active in the Mustang community, take on roles in Parkinson’s research and surround charities such as Drive Towards A Cure, and that a documentary on Bullitt will be coming out soon to tell the whole story of the car and put all Bullitt theories to rest.
The “Bullitt Mustang” became the 21st vehicle to be added to the National Historic Vehicle Register in early 2018 after its public debut at the Detroit Autoshow for the announcement of the 50th anniversary Bullitt Mustang. Throughout his journey of sharing the car with the world, Sean has kept its NHVR inductee plate on the car and always helped to share the mission of the HVA and why the preservation of stories such as these are important. We wish Sean and the Kiernan family the best in the sale of their family’s car and wish that the new owner continues to share this piece of automotive and American history with the world.