The 1968 Mustang that Steve McQueen drove in the movie “Bullitt” is on display on the National Mall, on April 18, 2018 in Washington until April 23rd. The Bullitt Mustang is one of only a handful of vehicles to be placed on the National Historic Vehicle Register and is recognized as historically significant in the Library of Congress. The car is part of a month-long Cars at the Capital event put on by the Historic Vehicle Association.
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.
By late October in 1966 Steve McQueen had Hollywood on a string. His company, Solar Productions, inked a six-film deal with Warner Bros., and McQueen was now in the driver’s seat, hired to produce and star in his own films. He and director Peter Yates were intent on bringing real, almost documentary-like action to the screen, and they succeeded with Solar’s first film, Bullitt.
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.
The 2019 Bullitt is mighty fine, but pales in comparison to the original 1968 car
The star of arguably cinema’s greatest chase was long thought to be lost to history, but it’s just been in a New Jersey garage for a few decades.
Ford is going to bite the Bullitt again. The Mustang that Steve McQueen drove into Hollywood history for the 1968 movie Bullitt emerged for the first time in 40 years Sunday at the Detroit auto show in tandem with the debut of a new, limited-edition 2019 Mustang Bullitt.