UPDATED! June 7, 2018
Friends of Steve McQueen ANNOUNCES NEW BULLITT MUSTANG AT Boys Republic Car Show! Only 300 For Sale Now!
Steve McQueen’s famous contribution to the Boys Republic, expanded today when the Friends of Steve McQueen announced a brand new version of the FORD Bullitt Mustang to benefit the non-profit.
The blockbuster news, is another chance for motorsports fanatics to indulge themselves in the 'lifestyle of cool', that McQueen is the stand alone icon, representing. Unlike modern motorsports figures, Steve has endured in stature by his honest, unvarnished and open life in the limelight.
The "'Friends of Steve McQueen' FORD Bullitt Mustang" features equipment and accents not available on the non-friends model. Including outstanding financial benefits for the charity.
The public announcement of a limited run of Steve McQueen Edition 2019 Ford Bullitt Mustangs, are in Highland Green Metallic and offer special, and highly subtle, design cues including a custom wheel design riffing on the original ‘68’s American Racing Torq-Thrust D wheels, plus rear side window slats resembling those in the sail panels of the ’68.
There will be naturally aspirated versions, running the stock 480 bhp 5.0-Liter V-8, plus a supercharged versions cranking out more than 800 rampant ponies. Each car will be numbered and serialized.
In an outstanding demonstration of generosity in support of the Boys Republic, Ford Motor Company, the McQueen family, and Barrett-Jackson teamed up to auction 2019 Ford Bullitt Edition Mustang at B-J’s Scottsdale sale in January, just days after the new car was revealed to the public by Ford at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The McQueen family and many Ford executives were on hand to introduce the car as it rolled on to the auction block selling at no reserve, with all of the profits earmarked for the school, no money being taken by the McQueens nor Ford, and with Barrett-Jackson also taking no commissions on the sale.
The results brought tears and cheers, the highly sought after VIN1 Bullitt hammering sold at $300,000 – all of which went directly to Boys Republic. Now that’s fundraising with style, and further testimony to the enduring legacy and appeal of Steve McQueen, one of his most famous films, and a Highland Green Metallic Ford Mustang.
The cars, are in production and available for sale today. Contact MONSTER Mike with OFF-ROAD LIVE! for all the particulars.
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FORD ANNOUNCES NEW BULLITT MUSTANG AT DETROIT AUTO SHOW
Steve McQueen’s famous San Francisco car chase scene in the 1968 movie Bullitt turned the Mustang GT fastback into a Hollywood icon. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of that film, Ford showcased the original car at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit—the original car used in the film hasn’t been seen by the public in 40 years—as well as unveiled a new limited-edition 2019 Mustang Bullitt. The new, special-edition model has an upgraded 5.0-liter V8 engine that provides 475 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. The upshot? A faster Mustang GT. The new Bullitt will have a top speed of 163 miles per hour, an 8 m.p.h. increase from the latest Mustang GT. The Mustang GT fastback played a prominent role in Bullitt, notably the nearly 10-minute-long sequence that followed McQueen chasing down two hitmen in his Mustang through the streets of San Francisco.
Judging by the crowds at the end of the press conference, the star of Ford's NAIAS event was probably the new Mustang Bullitt. Built to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the film—which starred a green Mustang alongside Steve McQueen—it's a limited-run model based on the 5.0L V8 Mustang GT." 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 bad ass," explained Carl Widmann, Mustang chief engineer. In addition to the styling tweaks, which include some lovely five-spoke alloy wheels and a "cue ball" gear knob that had to be specially commissioned, the Bullitt Mustang gets a few performance improvements over the normal V8 Mustang. "We took the GT350 intake manifold and throttle body, and made our own open air inlet. We also made the active exhaust standard and retuned that whole system for this engine. It's the 2018 engine, but with better air losses, pumping performance, better revving performance out of the intake manifold," Widmann explained.
Even the new Mustang was in danger of being upstaged, however. During its reveal, it was joined on stage by one of the two 1968 Mustang Fastback GTs used to film Bullitt. The 1968 car—which was driven by McQueen in the film—was thought lost, having been bought by a collector in 1974 and since had remained out of sight.
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Two 1968 Mustang GT fastbacks were used in the film. The hero vehicle was sold by Warner Bros to a private buyer. The other vehicle, which was used in many chase scenes, went to a salvage yard.
That jumper vehicle resurfaced in Los Cabos, Baja Sur, Mexico. 'Baja, California', in early 2017 in a Cabo Bone Yard, the REAL BULLITT Stang was found after being 'lost' to history, according to Ford.
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In this video, the new FORD Bullitt Mustang, not officially "in production or R&D" is clearly on 'the wall'.