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Ford brings back 'Bullitt' Mustang -- and finds the original
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Miloch
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DETROIT – 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.

The special model, due out this summer, will be available only in Shadow Black
or Dark Highland Green. It has a 5-liter V-8 engine that packs at least 475
horsepower and tops out at 163 miles per hour – an 8 mph increase over the
latest Mustang GT.

Like the original Bullitt car, the third-generation vehicle lacks stripes,
spoilers or badges.

“It doesn’t need to scream about anything. It’s just cool,” said chief designer
Darrell Behmer.

The all-new Mustang Bullitt is equipped with manual transmission, and the gear
shifter features a white cue ball shift knob as a nod to the original. Standard
equipment reflects a new era, with a heated leather steering wheel and high-tech
amenities.

Features pay tribute to the car McQueen drove, with chrome accents around the
grille and front windows, classic torque thrust 19-inch aluminum wheels, a black
front grille. Only the circular faux gas cap Bullitt logo on the rear center is
visible on the exterior. The leather-trimmed interior features green accent
stitching on the dashboard, door panels, center console and seats.

“It has to have the right attitude, it has to be unique in some way from a
Mustang GT and, more than anything, it has to be badass,” said chief engineer
Carl Widmann.

Two identical 1968 Mustang GT fastbacks were used in the film, which debuted
Oct. 17, 1968. The hero vehicle was sold by the studio to a private buyer and
the other, used in so many chase scenes, went to a salvage yard. The latter
vehicle resurfaced in Baja California, in early 2017 but the other was lost.
Until now.

“This is probably the Holy Grail, if there is one,” said Mark Gessler, president
of the Historic Vehicle Association. “It’s one of the most important artifacts
of the 21st Century in terms of automotive history. It is a national cultural
treasure.”

McQueen filmed all the chase scenes himself in the Warner Bros. classic that
depicts a cop chasing hit men through the hills of San Francisco. Real speed.
Real crashes. Real point of view of the driver.

As it turns out, the 1968 car has been in a family garage, quietly waiting for
the film's 50th anniversary. Its owner died years ago, leaving a son to hold on
to a collector car found in a classified ad from Road & Track magazine in 1974.

Hargerty, a classic-car insurance company, says that based on other famous movie
cars like the Batmobille and James Bond's original Aston Martin, the origial
Bullitt Mustang could be worth more than $4 million at auction.

“We kept it a secret in the family for so long, hiding in plain sight,” Sean
Kiernan, 36, of Hendersonville, Tenn., said. “We hoped to restore it, but then
my dad got Parkinson’s and I had my first daughter and life was happening.”

Ford has been working with Kieran since he reached out two years ago. On Sunday,
Kiernan, an automotive paint manager who drives a 2014 GT Mustang California
Special, was part of the North American International Auto Show introducing the
public to the new Mustang Bullitt.

“The car shows the gentle patina of time. It has rust marks,” said Gessler, who
noted that Detroit will be the first stop before a national tour that includes
Washington, D.C. “Steve McQueen wanted to create the most realistic chase scene
ever on film. He found a director, Peter Yates, and Warner Bros. gave him the
reins. They took four weeks to shoot an 11-minute chase scene.”

McQueen had all the badging on the car removed. It was recognizable from just
its angles and silhouettes. And that’s why the new model is so sparse, said
Kevin Marti, owner of Marti Auto Works in El Mirage, Ariz., who created and
maintains the database for every Ford vehicle built since 1967. “This car is so
iconic that you don’t even need to put a name on the thing. That speaks to the
confidence Ford has.”

As the licensee of Ford production records, he tracks every vehicle
identification number for more than 140 million cars, and he notes style and
color trends of each era. In the 1960s, popular cars were avocado green, white
and red. In the 1970s, automakers turned to browns, yellows and earthy colors.
Now consumers lean toward silver, white and black. So Dark Highland Green will
make a statement. It is a throwback color on a throwback car.

'That is one sexy car'




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super70s
2018-01-15 17:38:45 UTC
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brings-back-bullitt-mustang-and-finds-original/1032771001/
DETROIT - 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.
The special model, due out this summer, will be available only in Shadow
Black or Dark Highland Green. It has a 5-liter V-8 engine that packs at least 475
horsepower and tops out at 163 miles per hour -- an 8 mph increase over the
latest Mustang GT.
Like the original Bullitt car, the third-generation vehicle lacks stripes,
spoilers or badges.
"It doesn't need to scream about anything. It's just cool," said chief
designer Darrell Behmer.
The all-new Mustang Bullitt is equipped with manual transmission, and the
gear shifter features a white cue ball shift knob as a nod to the original.
Standard equipment reflects a new era, with a heated leather steering wheel
and high-tech amenities.
Features pay tribute to the car McQueen drove, with chrome accents around the
grille and front windows, classic torque thrust 19-inch aluminum wheels, a
black front grille. Only the circular faux gas cap Bullitt logo on the rear center
is visible on the exterior. The leather-trimmed interior features green accent
stitching on the dashboard, door panels, center console and seats.
"It has to have the right attitude, it has to be unique in some way from a
Mustang GT and, more than anything, it has to be badass," said chief engineer
Carl Widmann.
Two identical 1968 Mustang GT fastbacks were used in the film, which debuted
Oct. 17, 1968. The hero vehicle was sold by the studio to a private buyer and
the other, used in so many chase scenes, went to a salvage yard. The latter
vehicle resurfaced in Baja California, in early 2017 but the other was lost.
Until now.
"This is probably the Holy Grail, if there is one," said Mark Gessler, president of
the Historic Vehicle Association. "It's one of the most important artifacts
of the 21st Century in terms of automotive history. It is a national cultural
treasure."
McQueen filmed all the chase scenes himself in the Warner Bros. classic that
depicts a cop chasing hit men through the hills of San Francisco. Real speed.
Real crashes. Real point of view of the driver.
As it turns out, the 1968 car has been in a family garage, quietly waiting
for the film's 50th anniversary. Its owner died years ago, leaving a son to hold
on to a collector car found in a classified ad from Road & Track magazine in
1974.
Hargerty, a classic-car insurance company, says that based on other famous
movie cars like the Batmobille and James Bond's original Aston Martin, the
original Bullitt Mustang could be worth more than $4 million at auction.
"We kept it a secret in the family for so long, hiding in plain sight," Sean
Kiernan, 36, of Hendersonville, Tenn., said. "We hoped to restore it, but
then my dad got Parkinsons and I had my first daughter and life was happening."
Ford has been working with Kieran since he reached out two years ago. On
Sunday, Kiernan, an automotive paint manager who drives a 2014 GT Mustang
California Special, was part of the North American International Auto Show
introducing the public to the new Mustang Bullitt.
The car shows the gentle patina of time. "It has rust marks," said Gessler,
who noted that Detroit will be the first stop before a national tour that
includes Washington, D.C. "Steve McQueen wanted to create the most realistic
chase scene ever on film. He found a director, Peter Yates, and Warner Bros. gave
him the reins. They took four weeks to shoot an 11-minute chase scene."
McQueen had all the badging on the car removed. It was recognizable from just
its angles and silhouettes. And that's why the new model is so sparse, said
Kevin Marti, owner of Marti Auto Works in El Mirage, Ariz., who created and
maintains the database for every Ford vehicle built since 1967. "This car is
so iconic that you don't even need to put a name on the thing. That speaks to
the confidence Ford has."
As the licensee of Ford production records, he tracks every vehicle
identification number for more than 140 million cars, and he notes style and
color trends of each era. "In the 1960s, popular cars were avocado green,
white and red. In the 1970s, automakers turned to browns, yellows and earthy
colors. Now consumers lean toward silver, white and black. So Dark Highland Green
will make a statement. It is a throwback color on a throwback car."
"That is one sexy car."
Interesting. Never been a Ford man but I would accept one of these new
Bullitts as a gift. :)
Miloch
2018-01-15 18:12:46 UTC
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DETROIT - Ford is going to bite the Bullitt again.
will make a statement. It is a throwback color on a throwback car."
"That is one sexy car."
Interesting. Never been a Ford man but I would accept one of these new
Bullitts as a gift. :)
Same for me...but since I purchased a new car last April, I'm Smart Car
Forever!!

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DETROIT - 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.
The special model, due out this summer, will be available only in Shadow
Black or Dark Highland Green. It has a 5-liter V-8 engine that packs at least 475
horsepower and tops out at 163 miles per hour -- an 8 mph increase over the
latest Mustang GT.
Like the original Bullitt car, the third-generation vehicle lacks stripes,
spoilers or badges.
"It doesn't need to scream about anything. It's just cool," said chief
designer Darrell Behmer.
The all-new Mustang Bullitt is equipped with manual transmission, and the
gear shifter features a white cue ball shift knob as a nod to the original.
Standard equipment reflects a new era, with a heated leather steering wheel
and high-tech amenities.
Features pay tribute to the car McQueen drove, with chrome accents around the
grille and front windows, classic torque thrust 19-inch aluminum wheels, a
black front grille. Only the circular faux gas cap Bullitt logo on the rear center
is visible on the exterior. The leather-trimmed interior features green accent
stitching on the dashboard, door panels, center console and seats.
"It has to have the right attitude, it has to be unique in some way from a
Mustang GT and, more than anything, it has to be badass," said chief engineer
Carl Widmann.
Two identical 1968 Mustang GT fastbacks were used in the film, which debuted
Oct. 17, 1968. The hero vehicle was sold by the studio to a private buyer and
the other, used in so many chase scenes, went to a salvage yard. The latter
vehicle resurfaced in Baja California, in early 2017 but the other was lost.
Until now.
"This is probably the Holy Grail, if there is one," said Mark Gessler, president of
the Historic Vehicle Association. "It's one of the most important artifacts
of the 21st Century in terms of automotive history. It is a national cultural
treasure."
McQueen filmed all the chase scenes himself in the Warner Bros. classic that
depicts a cop chasing hit men through the hills of San Francisco. Real speed.
Real crashes. Real point of view of the driver.
As it turns out, the 1968 car has been in a family garage, quietly waiting
for the film's 50th anniversary. Its owner died years ago, leaving a son to hold
on to a collector car found in a classified ad from Road & Track magazine in
1974.
Hargerty, a classic-car insurance company, says that based on other famous
movie cars like the Batmobille and James Bond's original Aston Martin, the
original Bullitt Mustang could be worth more than $4 million at auction.
"We kept it a secret in the family for so long, hiding in plain sight," Sean
Kiernan, 36, of Hendersonville, Tenn., said. "We hoped to restore it, but
then my dad got Parkinsons and I had my first daughter and life was happening."
Ford has been working with Kieran since he reached out two years ago. On
Sunday, Kiernan, an automotive paint manager who drives a 2014 GT Mustang
California Special, was part of the North American International Auto Show
introducing the public to the new Mustang Bullitt.
The car shows the gentle patina of time. "It has rust marks," said Gessler,
who noted that Detroit will be the first stop before a national tour that
includes Washington, D.C. "Steve McQueen wanted to create the most realistic
chase scene ever on film. He found a director, Peter Yates, and Warner Bros. gave
him the reins. They took four weeks to shoot an 11-minute chase scene."
McQueen had all the badging on the car removed. It was recognizable from just
its angles and silhouettes. And that's why the new model is so sparse, said
Kevin Marti, owner of Marti Auto Works in El Mirage, Ariz., who created and
maintains the database for every Ford vehicle built since 1967. "This car is
so iconic that you don't even need to put a name on the thing. That speaks to
the confidence Ford has."
As the licensee of Ford production records, he tracks every vehicle
identification number for more than 140 million cars, and he notes style and
color trends of each era. "In the 1960s, popular cars were avocado green,
white and red. In the 1970s, automakers turned to browns, yellows and earthy
colors. Now consumers lean toward silver, white and black. So Dark Highland Green
will make a statement. It is a throwback color on a throwback car."
"That is one sexy car."
Interesting. Never been a Ford man but I would accept one of these new
Bullitts as a gift. :)
Surprisingly for lazy Americans, this new car will ONLY be available in
a manual ("stick-shift") version. Unfortunately it's still a pig ugly,
ancient tech American 'muscle car' that will be awful to drive gobble
up "gas".
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2018-01-15 21:58:42 UTC
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DETROIT - 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
As the licensee of Ford production records, he tracks every vehicle
identification number for more than 140 million cars, and he notes style and
color trends of each era. "In the 1960s, popular cars were avocado green,
white and red. In the 1970s, automakers turned to browns, yellows and earthy
colors. Now consumers lean toward silver, white and black. So Dark Highland Green
will make a statement. It is a throwback color on a throwback car."
"That is one sexy car."
Interesting. Never been a Ford man but I would accept one of these new
Bullitts as a gift. :)
Surprisingly for lazy Americans, this new car will ONLY be available in
a manual ("stick-shift") version. Unfortunately it's still a pig ugly,
ancient tech American 'muscle car' that will be awful to drive gobble
up "gas".
Pretty tough talk for a poster who hides behind an anonymous IP address!!

When the ole Trumperoonie declares war on the North Koreans, we'll need you on
the front lines!

go gettem' "Your Name"




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DETROIT - 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
As the licensee of Ford production records, he tracks every vehicle
identification number for more than 140 million cars, and he notes style and
color trends of each era. "In the 1960s, popular cars were avocado green,
white and red. In the 1970s, automakers turned to browns, yellows and earthy
colors. Now consumers lean toward silver, white and black. So Dark Highland Green
will make a statement. It is a throwback color on a throwback car."
"That is one sexy car."
Interesting. Never been a Ford man but I would accept one of these new
Bullitts as a gift. :)
Surprisingly for lazy Americans, this new car will ONLY be available in
a manual ("stick-shift") version. Unfortunately it's still a pig ugly,
ancient tech American 'muscle car' that will be awful to drive gobble
up "gas".
Pretty tough talk for a poster who hides behind an anonymous IP address!!
When the ole Trumperoonie declares war on the North Koreans, we'll need you on
the front lines!
go gettem' "Your Name"
American cars are all crap and automatics are for lazy posers ... just
ask Jeremy Clarkson, he'll tell you it's true. ;-)

Miloch
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DETROIT - 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.
The special model, due out this summer, will be available only in Shadow
Black or Dark Highland Green. It has a 5-liter V-8 engine that packs at least 475
horsepower and tops out at 163 miles per hour -- an 8 mph increase over the
latest Mustang GT.
Like the original Bullitt car, the third-generation vehicle lacks stripes,
spoilers or badges.
"It doesn't need to scream about anything. It's just cool," said chief
designer Darrell Behmer.
The all-new Mustang Bullitt is equipped with manual transmission, and the
gear shifter features a white cue ball shift knob as a nod to the original.
Standard equipment reflects a new era, with a heated leather steering wheel
and high-tech amenities.
McQueen had all the badging on the car removed. It was recognizable from just
its angles and silhouettes. And that's why the new model is so sparse, said
Kevin Marti, owner of Marti Auto Works in El Mirage, Ariz., who created and
maintains the database for every Ford vehicle built since 1967. "This car is
so iconic that you don't even need to put a name on the thing. That speaks to
the confidence Ford has."
As the licensee of Ford production records, he tracks every vehicle
identification number for more than 140 million cars, and he notes style and
color trends of each era. "In the 1960s, popular cars were avocado green,
white and red. In the 1970s, automakers turned to browns, yellows and earthy
colors. Now consumers lean toward silver, white and black. So Dark Highland Green
will make a statement. It is a throwback color on a throwback car."
"That is one sexy car."
Interesting. Never been a Ford man but I would accept one of these new
Bullitts as a gift. :)
Steve McQueen Repeatedly Tried And Failed To Buy Back The Bullitt Mustang

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https://jalopnik.com/steve-mcqueen-repeatedly-tried-and-failed-to-buy-back-t-1822094174

In December 1977, Steve McQueen wrote the owner of one of two Mustangs used in
the iconic chase scene from Bullitt. “Again,” McQueen wrote, “I would like to
appeal to you to get back my ‘68 Mustang.” But he was rebuffed and, for nearly
40 years, the car pretty much disappeared.

It was sitting in various states of disrepair until its owner, who inherited it
from his father, contacted Ford in 2016. The timing was perfect; Ford was
planning to introduce a 2019 Bullitt Mustang to celebrate the movie’s 50th-ish
anniversary.

Journalist Larry Webster has the complete story over at Hagerty.com. The most
satisfying part has to be McQueen, a notorious dirtbag, getting turned down in
his attempts to get his Mustang back. The car had passed through two other
buyers before an insurance executive named Bob Kiernan bought it in the
mid-’70s.

Not long after, McQueen himself came calling. But Bob was steadfast in keeping
it.

The rich and famous are often allergic to the word “no,” and so was McQueen. His
impatience over being rebuked in his quest emerged in the last sentence: “I
would be happy to try to find you another Mustang similar to the one you have,”
he wrote, “if there is not too much monies involved in it. Otherwise, we had
better forget it.”

The owner was just fine with forgetting it, and then the Bullitt Mustang made an
exit, stage left, from recorded history.

[...]

“It wasn’t about the money,” [Sean Kiernan, Bob Kiernan’s son] said. “My dad
wasn’t stubborn, he just loved the thing. He wanted it in his garage forever.”
Sean added with pride, “My dad told Steve McQueen thanks but no thanks. He was a
bad-ass.”

Bob Kiernan mostly used a company car to get around, which left the Bullitt
Mustang for his wife to use as a daily driver.

“The Bullitt likes to drink the gas,” she said back then. In 1980, the car’s
clutch went out, and with 65,000 miles on the clock, it was moved into the
garage, for what turned out to be a long stay.

After that the Mustang mostly sat in the various places Bob Kiernan lived around
the country, first starting in New Jersey, then Ohio, then Kentucky, and,
finally, Nashville, with various false starts in trying to get it back in shape.

Finally, Bob’s son Sean Kiernan got Ford involved, who were eager to unveil the
original alongside the 2019 Bullitt Mustang at the Detroit Auto Show.

Webster was given access ahead of that unveiling, though everyone tried to keep
a veil of secrecy, since, as Webster says, this was something like an automotive
Holy Grail. What he saw sounds like it could use some work.

The V-8 doesn’t look like anything special. It was originally modified by Max
Balchowsky, the same guy who opened Hollywood Motors and built the Old Yeller II
race car plus several movie cars. Sean and his father had the engine rebuilt
using as many original parts as they could. Before installing it, they had the
engine tested, and it produced 315 horsepower at 4500 rpm and 400 pound-feet of
torque at 3000. The air cleaner is not original; Sean says it was stolen by
someone who broke into the Kentucky barn at some point. I see new screws holding
the fenders to the frame and ask about them. “The original ones were junk,” Sean
says, “but believe me, I tried to save them.”

I lie on the floor to get a look at the underside. The only shiny bits are new
brake lines and a few bolts. The welded camera bars still jut out from both
rockers; the original custom exhaust is still in place. The rear axle with its
4:10 gear ratio and limited-slip differential doesn’t have the usual oil
coating.

Even with all of its issues, Kiernan’s Mustang is in significantly better shape
than the other Mustang used in the movie, which was recovered in Mexico in March
2017. That car had been extensively stripped for parts and restored, making
Kiernan’s the more valuable of the two, a value, some think, is probably in the
millions.

You can read Webster’s full story here.

https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2018/01/14/mustang-bullitt-found-real-mcqueen




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2018-01-15 23:29:16 UTC
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The most satisfying part has to be McQueen, a notorious dirtbag,
Odd...wonder why he has a bug up his ass about Steve McQueen.
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