Bullitt Ford Mustang Sells For $3,400,000

by Michael Satterfield

The Hero Car driven by Steve McQueen in the 1968 film Bullitt has crossed the block in Kissimmee Florida selling for $3.4 million ($3.7 with auction fees) making it the most expensive Ford Mustang ever sold at auction. The previous record was set last year at Mecum's Kissimmee auction when a 1967 Shelby GT500 that sold for $2.2 million.

The historic car was thought to be lost to time until it was reintroduced to the public at the Detroit Auto Show in early 2018. Since then the car has been on tour at events across the US. For the full backstory on the car and the family that had it hidden away for so many years,visit Bullitt.Mecum.com


Highlights of the car from Mecum:
  • The Hero Car driven by Steve McQueen in the 1968 Warner Bros film, "Bullitt"
  • Featured in the majority of scenes from the legendary car chase through San Francisco
  • Sold to Warner Bros employee Robert Ross following the film debut
  • Subsequently acquired by New Jersey Detective Frank Marranca in 1970
  • Purchased by Robert Kiernan of Madison, New Jersey in 1974 from Marranca
  • Bequeathed to Kiernan's son Sean in 2014 upon Robert's passing
  • Letter from Warner Bros certifying that this car was featured in the film
  • California Registration from 1968 in Robert Ross' name
  • 1978 New Jersey Insurance Card and registration dated in Robert Kiernan's name
  • Letter from Steve McQueen to Robert Kiernan attempting to purchase the "Bullitt" Mustang
  • The 21st vehicle entered into the National Historic Vehicle Register
  • Unveiled to the public at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show alongside Ford's 3rd edition Bullitt Mustang
  • Retains camera mounts welded into the rockers
  • Rebuilt S-code 390 CI V-8 engine
  • 4-barrel carburetor
  • 4-speed manual transmission
  • GT emblems removed and grille blacked out
  • American Racing Torque Thrust wheels
Check out the full auction listing HERE

17 Comments

  1. Holy crap! Good for them

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  2. Nice Steve McQueen connection only reason .. for that price

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  3. Didn't believe it was so expensive

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  4. Cant even get 15000 grand for mine!! Lol!!

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  5. Probably the most iconic movie cars of all time.. But 3.4 million plus
    auction fee's that's a lot of freaking money.

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  6. Ahh but Steve McQueen didn’t drive it

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  7. That’s exactly 200 times what I paid for my 2008 4 years ago.

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    1. And nearly 1,000 times more than its last sale price of $3,500, which was also today’s starting bid.

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  8. I think it surprised a lot of people that it did not bring a lot more. I'd say the Steve McQueen relationship did bring an additional $3,375,000 which is still impressive.

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  9. I’m really surprised it didn’t go for more. I figured between 4 and 8 million. Regardless, a pretty impressive return on investment. If I were Sean, the first thing I’d do is go out and spend $100K or so on a nice 68 Bullitt tribute.

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  10. Great piece of history for car, and movie, lovers everywhere

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  11. The cars both were driven by SM, the chase car had a slightly damaged drivers front guard. The scene when SM parks his car and proceeds to his apartment was the car that was auctioned. No damage front guard.

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  12. Actually, the next question is: "What happened to the other Bullitt Mustang used in the movie that was discovered in Mexico?" I heard it was being restored to it's former glory. Where the heck is it now and what has been done to it?

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    1. Under restoration .Not ready yet

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    2. I think there may be more here than meets the eye. That case went real cold real fast. Not exactly in line with the Bullitt Legend we are all discussing today, and it was allegedly the twin car. One would only assume that the other car would get equal press time and attention. I am sure someone out there has all the answers.

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    3. The other car was little more than a rusty shell. As Kevin Marti put it, "559 is 98% original, 558 is 98% unoriginal".

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  13. Some folks seem to have a surplus of money!

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