If you want the real deal, this is it.
As good as the 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt is — and it’s quite good — it’s still no movie star. If you want a piece of that action, you’d have to get your hands on the original 1968 Mustang Steve McQueen drove in the movie. Now, you can do just that, as the original Bullitt Mustang is heading to Mecum’s January 2020 auction in Kissimmee, Florida. And yes, this is the same Bullitt Mustang that made its appearance at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, alongside the new model.
The original car ended up in the Kiernan family after its Hollywood appearance. After Bob Kiernan did his part to keep the car in its unrestored condition, his son Sean brought the car into the limelight in Detroit. It’s still about as original as you can get, right down to the 390 cubic-inch V8 engine. Since Detroit, it’s appeared at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and an episode of Jay Leno’s Garage.
Mecum will auction off the original Bullitt Mustang from January 2 – 12, 2020. It’s anyone’s guess how much the car will actually sell for, of course. However, it may well end up being the most expensive muscle car ever to cross Mecum’s auction block. Given its history as one of the most iconic movie cars of all time, we’re confident it will go well into the seven-figure range.
The Bullitt Mustang was last seen at the LeMay museum in Tacoma, Washington. Until it goes up for auction in a few months, it will head out to various automotive events around the country.
While there is only one Bullitt Mustang, another major milestone in the Mustang’s history is coming up. That’s the 760 horsepower Mustang Shelby GT500. We will have more coming up on that, so stay tuned to TFLcar.com for more updates!