In late February 2017, it emerged that one of the original Ford Mustang’s used in the iconic film Bullitt had been found in Mexico. This news of course was met with much doubting from the internet.
Since filming wrapped on the movie in 1968 there have been many rumors surrounding what actually happened to the cars used in the picture. It has been widely reported that the Mustang that was used in all of the close-up shots (non-stunt car) was sold to a still unknown individual who resisted Steve McQueen’s purchase attempts in 1977. To this day it’s rumored that the close-up car sits unused in a garage on the East Coast with the third owner refusing to sell or display the car regardless of the offers made to them.
Llegada del Bullitt a Ford Mexicali
Posted by Ford Mexicali on Friday, 3 March 2017
The second Bullitt Mustang was the more heavily modified of the two, it was reinforced and stripped to accommodate cameras and the jump scenes around San Francisco’s iconic landscape. Historic reports stated that this stunt car was badly damaged during filming and was sent to the scrap yard after the movie wrapped production.
According to recent reports, this once thought to be scrapped car was found in a junkyard in Baja, California to meet a fate worse than being crushed, the buyers intended to convert the Mustang into an Eleanor replica.
Before this conversion could be completed Hugo Sanchez ran the VIN number through Google and discovered the vehicle’s true identity, they did indeed have possession of one of the original Bullitt Mustang’s.
The internet naturally reacted with a lot of questions and quite possibly disbelief at the news of this amazing discovery. In order to confirm the identity, internationally known Ford authenticator, Kevin Marti was sent by Ford to Mexico to confirm the find. Marti’s inspection consisted of a close visual inspection of the car, including checking the VIN. He also inspected the modifications made to convert the car for the jump scenes and the camera rigs. The result is that he has confirmed that with the modifications and additions to the car that it is, in fact, the once thought dead Bullitt Mustang stunt car.
The downside to Marti’s inspection is that if the restoration process had not been started then the car would have been worth more than his $1 million-plus valuation.