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.
This will be the fourth annual Cars at the Capital display, and this year it will stretch throughout the month of April, with five vehicles taking their turns being displayed in a glass garage that will be lit at night for round-the-clock viewing by Mall visitors.
Fresh from its reveal on the Ford stand at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the 1968 Mustang “hero” car from Steve McQueen’s cop-movie Bullitt headlines a weekend of special events in Traverse City, Michigan.
Since “Bullitt” premiered in 1968, millions of Americans have fallen in love with Steve McQueen’s iconic, emerald green Mustang Fastback. Especially Sean Kiernan and his dad — the car was their best-kept secret.
Sean Kiernan’s family kept a secret for decades. They had a celebrity in their garage. Not a person, but the most famous Ford Mustang ever made. The green one from the 1968 Steve McQueen film “Bullitt.”
The Hollywood car chase was born during a thrill ride on the streets of San Francisco in the 1968 classic “Bullitt,” when Steve McQueen chased the bad guys for almost 10 minutes on screen.
Steve McQueen made one last effort to buy his favorite Mustang in 1977. He sent a letter, typed on a single piece of heavy off-white vellum, to the car’s owner in New Jersey. The logo for his movie company, Solar Productions, was embossed in the upper left corner and opposite that resided the date, December 14, 1977. The letter is just four sentences.
It doesn’t matter how hard we try, pop-culture will always steer our automotive culture into tangents we could’ve never expected — and for Ford, who knew that a simple Highland Green ’68 Mustang GT would be enough to propel the pony car into the highest reaches of hollywood fame and car culture lore? 50 years later, Ford is revealing the 2018 Mustang GT 50th Anniversery Bullitt Edition with a splash: by bringing out the long-forgotten “Bowling Green” Bullitt!
The 2019 Bullitt is mighty fine, but pales in comparison to the original 1968 car