Steve McQueen 1968 ‘Bullitt’ Mustang Found In Garage
Fifty years after it vanished, the Ford Mustang driven by Steve McQueen in the movie Bullitt has been found.
The 1968 Ford Mustang GT Fastback was recently discovered after it spent years forgotten about in a New Jersey garage.
In the movie, Steve McQueen fanged the car through the streets of San Francisco in a pursuit lasting almost 10 minutes.
It was reported that, after filming wrapped, the car was sold to a studio executive who then on-sold it to a police detective. The officer transported it to New York before selling it a couple of years later for $6000.
The bloke who bought it was Robert Kiernan, an insurance executive and a Mustang fan.
Thing is, the car was used as the family’s daily car, but over the years, mechanical issues meant it “kind of went into storage” recalled Robert’s son Sean, who now owns it.
“The clutch went out in ’80 and I was born in ’81,” he said.
In 1977, however, Steve McQueen had come knocking.
Actually, he called.
Robert had owned the car for about three years at this point when Sean said his dad got a phone call from McQueen asking after it.
“Steve asked how [the car] was, if he’d changed anything on it,” he said before saying he would be interested in buying it.
“He then said, ‘I’ll replace it with a similar, like kind of car. As long it’s not a crazy amount of money,’” Sean said.
“But dad declined. He said, ‘Thanks, but no thanks.’”
But it didn’t end there. McQueen was persistent.
“I think a week later, a letter to my dad arrived from McQueen and it had the Solar [McQueen’s production company] letterhead and stamp on it. And it said, basically, ‘I’d love to talk to you again about purchasing my car back, if not too much money is involved. Otherwise we’d better forget it.’ And dad never reached out, he did forget it. And that was kind of the end of that.”
Sean inherited the car when his father passed away in 2014. “You know, it was never our intention to keep this car a secret from everybody. It just kind of happened with life.”
The fastback wasn’t the only iconic car in Bullitt which was thought to have been long, long gone.
The 1968 Dodge Charger 440 Magnum, which the baddies drove in the movie, was found in a Mexican junkyard in 2017.