Last year, we learned that the original 1968 Ford Mustang GT driven by Steve McQueen in the movie Bullitt was going to be auctioned off sometime this 2020. Now, it seems the iconic Highland Green pony car has finally been sold to its new buyer at the Mecum Kissimmee 2020 auction in Florida. The price? USD 3.74 million or roughly Php 189 million.
As such, this makes it the most expensive Mustang ever sold, and one of the most expensive muscle cars ever. For reference, the previous record was held by a 1967 Shelby GT500 that sold for USD 2.2 million (Php 111 million) at auction last year.
The original Bullitt Mustang’s whereabouts were previously unknown until it suddenly made an appearance at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show together with the brand-new Bullitt Mustang. Since it debuted in the movie, the hero car remains relatively unchanged and still dons most of the original parts. As you can see from the photos, the Highland Green paint is already faded and there are some rusted panels here and there. Inside, it’s the same rough condition. However, it is the untouched condition that gives the Bullitt Mustang it’s authentic feel.
Under the hood, it still uses the original 390-cubic-inch (or 6.4-liters) V8 which has been rebuilt together with the four-speed manual transmission. Since this car was used in the San Francisco chase scene, it was originally modified with beefier suspension. There are also mounting points inside for the cameras for in-car chase scenes.
With the unnamed buyer paying nearly Php 189 million for the Bullitt Mustang, it is unlikely we will see it on the roads again. Instead, it will likely end up in the owner's collection or show up once in a while in a museum showcase.
Still, it's nice to know that the original Mustang Steve McQueen used in the 1968 action flick is still alive and kicking.