Long-lost 1968 Mustang from “Bullitt” likely worth millions

by admin January 16, 2018 at 7:56 pm

Ford on Monday unveiled the new 2019 Mustang Bullitt at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, but the special car, launched to mark this year’s 50th anniversary of the “Bullitt” movie, was joined by another special car: the actual 1968 Ford Mustang driven by Steve McQueen in the movie.

The current owner is Sean Kiernan, whose father Robert Kiernan, Jr. purchased the car in 1974 after spotting an ad for a ’68 Mustang “Bullett” car. Speaking with Jay Leno in the video below, Sean reveals that his father was the only person who inquired about the car and ended up paying $6,000 for it.

That doesn’t mean it wasn’t desirable back then. McQueen himself managed to track down the car to Sean’s father in 1977 and mailed him a letter requesting to buy it. Hagerty has an image of the letter, which reveals McQueen wanted the car back unrestored and that it was “simply personal” to him. McQueen even offered to find a similar Mustang to swap, if it didn’t involve too much money, but had his offer turned down.

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