Ford Tracks Down Lost 'Bullitt' Car For Limited Edition Mustang Reveal

Terry Joseph
January 16, 2018

That very vehicle was on the Ford stand at this year's North American International Auto Show beside the 2019, special edition 50 Anniversary Mustang Bullitt.

"This new Bullitt is, as Steve McQueen was, effortlessly cool", said Darrell Behmer, Mustang chief designer.

Here are five notable and throwback features on the new special edition Mustang that will be available when it hits the market this summer. That particular example wasn't involved in the 2019 Mustang Bullitt's unveiling, however.

The Bullitt 'Stang edges the current Mustang GT for performance. "As a designer, it's my favourite Mustang - devoid of stripes, spoilers and badges".

The new 'Stang isn't holding back, although you can get in the "Dark Highland Green" paint job that McQueen's Mustang sported. "It doesn't need to scream about anything-it's just cool".

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Like the vehicle on which it's based, the Bullitt edition features minimal badging, Dark Highland Green paint, retuned version of Ford's 5-liter V-8 that produces 475 horsepower and 420 foot-pounds of torque as well as a white cueball gear knob. There's subtle chrome accents around the grille and front windows, classic 5-spoke alloy wheels, red-painted Brembo brake calipers and a black grille. Inside and out, the vehicle uses minimal badging; only the circular faux gas cap Bullitt logo on the rear center is visible on the exterior.

"When making a Bullitt, there are certain things it absolutely must have", said Carl Widmann, Mustang chief engineer. The film's almost 10-minute-long sequence followed McQueen chasing down two hitmen in his Mustang through the streets of San Francisco. It was long presumed lost, but the 1968 Mustang GT fastback in fact changed hands a few times, an ultimately was inherited by Sean Kiernan in 2014.

The limited edition Bullitt Mustang has been revealed at the Detroit Motor Show by McQueen's granddaughter Molly McQueen at the event.

"You know, it was never our intention to keep this auto a secret from everybody", Sean said. The company has also teased a new auto that it's working on without giving away too much about it. Ford has teased the "Mach 1" at this event, the company says that it's going to be an all-electric performance SUV that's going to be launched in two years from now.

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