Is this the Missing Bullitt Mustang or another Ford Marketing Scheme?
Maybe it didn’t end up in the grave yard after all....by Robert Moore, on
When Warner Bros. was filming the 1968 film Bullitt starring Steve McQueen, and his co-star, a 1968 Dark Highland Green Mustang, rumor had it that one Mustang was sold to a private owner – the one used for close-ups – while the stunt vehicle was sent off to the scrap yard. A true shame, indeed, but did it really happen? Maybe not. See, recently it seems that the stunt Mustang was found stashed away in Mexico, decades after was last seen. The worst part: Someone was going to turn it into an Eleanor. Not that you can blame someone for wanting an Eleanor, but it would have been a literal tragedy had someone made all of those modifications.
Apparently, the current owner and the shop that was slated to do the conversion did some research, and the VIN matched that of one of the two movie cars. Considering the other car is still stashed away in someone’s private collection, it’s not hard to at two and two together. There’s supporting photo evidence as well. User Fede Garza over at Vintage-mustang.com has posted images of the VIN, reinforced shock towers, and even the hole in the wheel well for the exhaust outlet of a generator that was used to power movie lights mounted to the vehicle.
The original poster claims he’ll be posting more images in the near future, and that an inspector was on his way to verify the authenticity of the car as the second Bullitt car. So for now, it’s still up in the air, and there is a lot of skepticism circulating about the story. Personally, I tend to wonder if this is a marketing ploy by Ford to draw interest.
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Could it be a marketing scheme?
As much as I would like to believe this is the truly the second Bullitt Mustang, it’s hard to fathom considering it was supposedly destroyed decades ago. But, even more than that, there are a few other hints that just stink of deceit.
First off, Ford just redid the Rendezvous Paris movie, and what about the Bullitt-looking Mustang in the background of one of the Rock’s most recent videos. It would make sense if Ford wanted to spawn a lot of interest. Bullitt celebrates its 50th anniversary next year, and you know Ford wants to capitalize on that and introduce a new, special-edition Bullitt Mustang. What better way to generate interest than to fool everyone into thinking the missing car from the original movie has suddenly been found?
Either way, it’s an interesting story, to say the least, and could be a miracle or a hint that Ford is indeed going to drop a new Bullitt Mustang in the next year. We’ll be watching, so check back for updates.
Read our full review on the Ford Mustang here.