The Original 1968 Bullitt Mustang Became the Most Expensive Mustang In History
We’re not here to tell you that a lot of gearheads got the car virus thanks to the movie Bullitt. We won’t even tell you how great of an actor Steve McQueen was. We’re here to tell you that the original Bullitt Mustang sold for a fortune.
The car’s history itself is quite impressive, but the fact that in was able to fetch record-setting money at auction says a lot about what Bullitt, Steve McQueen, and an iconic car can mean to some people.
You Can Own One of the Superformance Ford GT40 Replicas from the Ford v Ferrari Movie
We’ve always wanted, at least once, to own a piece of history. The car shared by Ken Miles and Lloyd Ruby throughout the 1966 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, a Ford GT40 Mk. II, is such an example. The identical-looking ’continuation’ Ford GT40 Mk. II seen in the recently released ’Ford v. Ferrari’ movie is another.
The good news is you can own the latter and brag that you’ll sit where Christian Bale did during filming. He’s no Ken Miles but he surely played the part convincingly well and all you have to do to get this baby blue 7.0-liter monster is be the highest bidder on lot #R554 during Mecum Auctions’ Kissimmee auction in January. Simple, right?
Check Out This Ridiculous Ford GT40 Movie Rig from Ford V Ferrari
Making a movie like the just-released Ford vs Ferrari film requires a lot of on-track camera work, some of the creative variety. Look no further than this behind-the-scenes video posted on YouTube by Fab TV, showing what just might be one of the most unusual camera rigs you’ll ever see. That, folks, is a replica Ford GT40, except that it’s only half of the car. The other half is a giant tube-framed platform that not only supports an external driver but, more importantly, a full-blown production setup that includes multiple cameras. This is the kind of movie production razzmatazz that you can expect in 2019. It’s strange, awesome, and downright weird, all rolled into one.
The New Ford v. Ferrari Movie, The History Behind It, and Why That GT40 On the IMAX Poster is Inaccurate
"This is David vs. Goliath vs. Goliath," said leading actor Christian Bale that plays veteran sports car racing ace Ken Miles in the upcoming ’Ford v. Ferrari’ movie that’ll park in a cinema near you from November 15. It’s a story about racing as much as it is a story about business affairs that become personal and about what you can achieve if you’re willing to throw infinite amounts of cash at a problem. It’s the story about Ford’s first outright success in the 24 Hours of Le Mans that ended a six-year winning spree for Scuderia Ferrari.
’Ford v. Ferrari’ (or ’Le Mans ’66’ in Europe and other places) is the first movie to take us back to Le Mans since 2003’s Michel Vaillant. Those scenic country roads in France that play host to the most famous sports car endurance race in the world over a weekend in June were first showcased to moviegoers almost 50 years ago when Steve McQueen put his fortune and reputation on the line to create ’Le Mans’. ’Ford v. Ferrari’ looks at the 1966 edition of the race but you can’t tell that by looking at the recently released IMAX poster. So, why are Bale and co-star Matt Damon seen propped up against a weird-looking Ford GT40?
Ford vs. Ferrari Trailer 2 - Lots of Racing Drama
20th Century Fox’s upcoming Ford vs. Ferrari movie is shaping up to be a barn burner. The second trailer of the James Mangold-directed film has just dropped, and if you don’t get excited about the movie after watching it, then I don’t know what to tell you. The movie, which stars Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Jon Bernthal, and Catriona Balfe, sheds a unique spotlight on the iconic racing war Ford and Ferrari engaged in back in the 1960s for Le Mans supremacy.
The new trailer dives deep into Ford’s singular focus and motivation to wipe out Ferrari’s dominance in the endurance race after a deal between the two automakers went south in the 11th hour. There’s a lot to unpack with the second trailer, though I’d be remiss if I didn’t say that despite the collective star power in the movie featuring several Hollywood A-listers, the true stars of the trailer are the Ford GT40 and the Ferrari 330 P3.
The First Trailer for Le Mans ’66 aka The Ford vs. Ferrari Movie is Out
Ford’s incredible victory at Le Mans in 1966 — and the subsequent dominance that followed — has been shared, told, and written about numerous times, none in better detail than A.J. Jaime’s book, Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans. But the story has never been told through the silver screen. That changes this year when Le Mans ’66 hits theaters on November 15, 2019. Before we experience the spectacle of the greatest race in history and the back-story that led to it happening in the first place, the movie’s first official trailer will serve as a proper appetizer for what we can expect when the movie comes out in November. As far as trailers go, this one is a fantastic way to spend the next two minutes of your lives on. There’s star power, humor, incredible racing scenes, and enough exposition to properly set the table for the actual movie. It doesn’t hurt that the film stars a number of Hollywood heavyweights, including Matt Damon, Christian Bale, and Jon Bernthal. It’ll probably not reach Avengers: Endgame status, but for those who are fans of car racing and the history it has created, Le Mans ’66 is the true must-watch movie of the year.
1968 Ford Mustang Bullitt
When you think about famous car chases in movies, the classic footage of a dark green Mustang jumping up and down San Francisco’s hills in pursuit of a stoic, black Dodge Charger will most certainly roll in your memory. One of the two Mustangs used by the late Steve McQueen in that movie, ’Bullitt,’ has been found and it looks just as cool now as it did back in 1968.
Movie cars have always had a special aura surrounding them. Think about the DeLorean DMC-12 used in the ’Back To The Future’ trilogy. For all intents and purposes, John Z. DeLorean’s attempt at a supercar was laughable, although it did look the part. But, once it shone on the silver screen as a time-traveling machine, its place in history was forever assured. Same goes for the Dodge Monaco used by the Blues Brothers or Herbie, the cute Volkswagen Beetle that appeared in ’The Love Bug.’ Same goes for the Ford Mustang GT Fastback that was used by Steve McQueen’s character, Lt. Frank Bullitt, in the movie of the same name.
However, the Highland Green 2-door Fastback has become a cult classic also, in part, due to the mystique that shrouded it. There were, actually, two cars used during filming: one for all the action shots and one that was driven by McQueen during the more serene moments o the film. That car, chassis #8R02S125559, was thought to have been lost after McQueen failed to buy it in the late ’70s. Happily, now, both cars have been relocated, so the story does have a happy ending.
Ford Shot Down A Role For The Fiesta In The Pineapple Express
Automakers usually don’t need to be asked to have their cars appear in movies or TV shows, but there was one instance when Ford apparently turned down an opportunity to have the Fiesta appear in a movie that ended up grossing more than $100 million. That revelation came from actor and comedian Seth Rogen who revealed on Twitter that Ford nixed the idea of having the Fiesta play a role in The Pineapple Express, a movie Rogen co-starred in with James Franco.
Click Mechanic Renders 7 Automakers As Star Wars Podracers
Arguably the coolest scene from 1999’s Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace was when young Anakin Skywalker took to the sand and battled for his freedom in a homemade podracer. Sure, the final lightsaber battle was pretty friggin’ awesome as well (Darth Maul! Double-bladed saber! Epic music!), but when it comes to high-speed CGI glory, the podracer scene is hard to beat. In fact, the folks over at Click Mechanic liked it so much, they rendered seven unique podracers as though they were built by real-world manufacturers.
The manufacturers in question all produce some kind of speedy four-wheeled machine worthy of podracer-ization, and include Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Ford, Subaru, BMW, and Dodge. Like their real-life equivalents, each rendering gets easily recognizable liveries, and in some cases, a few sponsorship decals as well, all of which was inspired by actual race cars (you know, from planet Earth). Which one of these wild contraptions would you bring to the Boonta Eve Classic? Let us know in the comments section!
Continue reading to learn more about real-life automakers rendered as podracers.
Barricade Returns In Upcoming Transformers Movie Dressed as New Ford Mustang
Ten years after thrilling us with one of the best car-chase-scenes-turned-droid-death-match we’ve seen in the history of cinema, Barricade will return in the fifth installment of the Transformers movie franchise. The film, titled the Last Knight, is currently in production and it appears that after seeing the franchise go stale in the third and fourth films, director Michael Bay is dipping into the success of the first movie, including reviving one of the coolest Decepticons in that movie.
Back then, Barricade was a Ford Mustang police cruiser, decked in the familiar black and white colors of law enforcement and sporting a “to punish and enslave…” livery to tout his Decepticon roots. Now that he’s returning to the franchise, Barricade will once again use a Ford Mustang, albeit the current generation model that launched in 2014. A picture of the car tweeted by actor Josh Duhamel is the first official look we get of the new and supposedly meaner Barricade, and judging by the massive body kit fitted into the Mustang, this Decepticon is going to be all business.
The familiar police equipment is there, including the roof lights, the bull bar, and the all-too familiar black and white colors. There’s also a massive body kit highlighted by the extended arches, the huge rear spoiler, and the bulging hood with the two massive scoops. Seems like Barricade is ready to do Megatron’s bidding anew, and from the looks of it, I don’t think he’s forgotten what Bumblebee did to him back in 2007.
Transformers: The Last Knight is scheduled to be released in theaters on June 23, 2017. Duhamel will return to the franchise after a one-movie sabbatical to reprise his role as Lt. Colonel William Lennox. Joining him in the case is Mark Wahlberg, who played Cade Yeager, the lead role in Transformers: Age of Extinction, and franchise newcomer Anthony Hopkins in a yet-to-be-revealed role.
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In somewhat of a surprising development, the 1967 Ford Mustang Eleanor that went up for auction at the Mecum Auction in Austin, Texas did not find a new owner. Wait, nobody wants to buy the only drivable Eleanor Mustang? Is the price too steep that nobody’s willing to pull the trigger on such an iconic Hollywood car? We’re not quite sure what the reason is, but as of 4:31 am EST today, the Eleanor Mustang from Gone in 60 Seconds still has that “Bid Goes On…” stamp on its page, which suggests that nobody was willing to pay for the chance to take home one of the most iconic movie cars in the past 30 years.
It’s now unlikely that the car will pass through this auction block after successfully getting sold for $1 million at the Dana Mecum 26th Original Spring Classic Auction in May 2013. We wouldn’t want to call it an embarrassing episode for the Eleanor Mustang, but it certainly didn’t get the love it deserved.
This, after all, is the “real” Eleanor Mustang, the same one Nicholas Cage used in all of the glamor shots in the movie. Of the 11 vehicles that were built in the development of Gone in 60 Seconds, this is only one of three models that were actual working cars and not the cheapened lots that were created simply for display purposes. And of the three actual Mustangs, this model is the only that survived the shoot, making it that much more desirable to collectors.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like bidders at the Mecum Auction in Austin fully understood the real value of the only surviving Eleanor Mustang. That, or the asking price was obscenely high. Whatever the case may be, the Eleanor Mustang didn’t change owners at the Mecum Auction, leaving it in the hands of the current owner.
Oh well. Onto the next one, we suppose.
Click past the jump to read more about the Ford Mustang Eleanor.
Up for auction is this original Eleanor Mustang; one of only three used in the 2000 remake of Gone in 60 Seconds starring Nicholas Cage and Angelina Jolie. The 1967 Mustang is number seven out of 11 ever built by Cinema Vehicle Services of North Hollywood. Though Mecum Auctions doesn’t list a reserve price, we’d imagine the car will command a pretty penny.
The Mustang is equipped with a 351-cubic-inch V-8 backed by a four-speed manual transmission. A Holley 700 CFM four-barrel carburetor and high-volume fuel pump feed the beast while a Fluidyne Racing aluminum radiator keeps things cool. Air conditioning, four-wheel disc brakes and Auto Meter gauges keep the occupants comfortable, safe, and informed.
The car’s aftermarket alterations were originally penned by Steve Stanford, including that unique front grille design, lower front valance, and twin driving lights. The car also sports twin racing stripes, upper and lower side scoops, and a quick-fill gas cap. After filming ended, CVS added the side pipes for some extra growl and beautiful 17-inch mag wheels with imitation knock-off center caps.
The car includes the same touches it had in the film, including the “Go Baby Go” shifter knob. A letter of authenticity from CVS is included, proving the car was used in filming and actors were routinely inside the car.
She seems like a worthwhile bid for Mustang or Gone in 60 Seconds fans. The auction is taking place in Austin, Texas between December 12th and 13th.
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The movie industry has given birth to several iconic vehicles over the past 50 years, but very few have reached the heights of the Ford Mustang Eleanor. The famous grey-painted muscle car gained legendary status in 2000, with the remake of the 1974 cult classic "Gone in 60 Seconds." Penned by famed hot rod designer Steve Stanford and built by Cinema Vehicle Services, the Eleanor and its high-speed stunts with Nicolas Cage behind the steering wheel became as popular as Steve McQueen’s "Bullitt" ’Stang.
Eleven cars were built for "Gone in 60 Seconds," with only three finished as fully functional vehicles and used in the film. These are known as the "Hero Cars" and have become true collectibles. All were auctioned off in the last decade, with the example used for most movie scenes and promotional photographs fetching an amazing $1,000,000. Another functional Eleanor is set to go under the hammer in December 2014, during a Mecum Auctions sale in Austin, Texas.
The unit in question, carrying VIN number 7R02C173895, is equipped with all the cool exterior, interior and mechanical bits and pieces that made the Eleanor famous. It’s the second time this model is being auctioned. Last time it changed owners in 2012 it sold for a mere £95,000 ($152,700 as of 10/24/2014), making it the least expensive of the three hero cars.
Click past the jump to read more about "Gone in 60 Seconds" Eleanor.
The new-generation Ford Mustang is one of the stars at this year’s Detroit Auto Show, but it will be quite some time before customers get the chance to drive it. Until then, you can enjoy seeing the new `Stang in action on the silver screen, as it will be featured in the upcoming "Need for Speed" movie that is set to be released on March 14th.
Since the original Mustang was launched in April 1964, the muscle car has made more than 3,200 appearances in movies and television shows, so it is quite a hit in Hollywood.
In the upcoming "Need For Speed" movie, Aaron Paul will drive a custom 2015 Mustang that NFS director Scott Waugh specially selected. According to Waugh, the Mustang "is a car that really represents American culture," and this was the reason why he selected it. We’re willing to bet that the popularity of the all-new Mustang also weighed pretty heavily on his decision too.
Check out the video (above) to see exactly how fun it is to drive the new Mustang.
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The movie adaptation of Go Like Hell already hasA-lister Tom Cruise in the fold and if recent reports are accurate, Cruise is set to be joined by another Hollywood heavyweight: Brad Pitt.
The two last co-starred in the 1994 movie Interview with a Vampire and the potential co-starring role will ignite a move that’s already being billed as a blockbuster adaptation of the A.J. Baime book that chronicled the rivalry between Ford and Ferrari during their glory years at Le Mans.
It’s already been reported that Cruise will be playing the role of Carroll Shelby in the movie with Joseph Kosinski sitting in the director’s chair. There’s been no mention of what role Pitt will play in the movie but if it’s any indication, it won’t come as a surprise if he stars as Ferrari’s very own patriarch, Enzo Ferrari.
It’ll be very interesting to see how the cast for Go Like Hell builds up. But with Cruise and possibly Pitt on board, it’s going to be one heck of a blockbuster.
Click past the jump to read the official synopsis of Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans
Though we’re pretty confident that the "Need for Speed" movie will hit theaters on schedule next March, in the event that it doesn’t, we can all take comfort in knowing that director Scott Waugh is taking the video game treatment to the cinema screens pretty seriously.
We already saw a "making-of" trailer of the movie a month ago, and now, more behind-the-scenes footage is propping up for our enjoyment.
This particular scene was apparently filmed in the streets of Detroit with the one-off Shelby GT500 Need For Speed Edition taking to the streets to put in some serious drift work ala those "Need for Speed" video games.
We already know that the Shelby GT500 also plays the role of the movie’s "hero car," which means that we expect it to last for the duration of the movie. The same can’t be said for some of the supercars that were used and abused in the "making-of" trailer.
As for this footage, it doesn’t last long, taking up only half-a-minute of your time. Yet in that short time frame, we’re treated to a pretty sick shot of the GT500 doing its business right in its hometown.
Needless to say, we can’t wait to see this movie come out.
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Car addict or not, everyone out there has seen the famous movie "Gone in sixty seconds” at least once. Of course, most of you were amazed by Angelina Jolie, but, for those of you with a passion for cars, there was another "female" that caught your attention: "Eleanor."
"She" is a 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500 and a total of 15 units were specially developed for the movie. Apparently, Eleanor was the last car to be stolen, but turned out to be the hardest one to get.
While the GT500 models developed during that period are known as the "Eleanor," in this video you are watching at one of the 15 units developed for the movie. It features a 7.0-liter supercharged V-8 engine that delivers a total of 650 horsepower for the rear wheels.
This video is another reminder of what an amazing car the Eleanor is!
For those old enough to have witnessed the glory that was "Robocop" in theaters, you not only got to see an ultra-modern, crime-fighting machine, but you also got to see one of the most modern American cars of the era. That’s right, back in 1986, the Ford Taurus with its rounded body and fuel-injected V-6 was actually one of the most modern-looking and driving cars manufactured in the U.S. Sure, it fell by the wayside as the years went on, but nearly everyone that was around and not busy watching "Alf" or "Back to The Future" I through III still recalls the fanfare that the first-gen Taurus received.
There was so much fanfare that it managed to weasel its way into a supporting role as Alex J. Murphy’s car of choice. Well, the Taurus is once again one of the more modern American cars of its time, particularly the SHO model, and there is now a remake of "Robocop" in production. So we now have the perfect setup for a reunion of the two, and that looks to be what is going on, thanks to the savvy camera work of one person.
Above we have a late-model Taurus or what looks to be the SHO variety caught out in the open wearing obvious Robocop-esque duds. Could it possibly be that the "Robocop" of 2013 or 2014 will whip the same model its predecessor did in 1987? It looks mighty possible to us.
We’ll keep you updated as more information becomes available about this new "Robocop" car.
Five years after the first Transformers movie, it’s safe to say that the sizzle from seeing cars transforming into robots and vice versa isn’t a novelty anymore. But don’t tell that to Ford Australia, which found a new way to promote the release of the new video game Transformers: Fall of Cybertron.
Whereas you’ll normally see TV plugs or maybe even a billboard or two, Ford Australia took to Facebook to present a conceptual design of its very own Transformer, Falcatron. Apparently, Falcatron is an Autobot and was born from a Ford Falcon XR6 Turbo, a car that packed a 4.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine and produced 362 horsepower. The design of Falcatron is noticeable too, to say the least, particularly the electric blue color, the orange grille and headlights, and a aerodynamic bodykit that, quite frankly, defies description.
So what do you think of Falcatron? Is he worthy to roll with Optimus Prime and his bad-ass band of Autobots?
Bark out vehicles like the DeLorean, Aston Martin DB5, and Pontiac Trans Am, and there’s a good chance you’ll be met with Back to the Future, any James Bond film, and KnightRider. There are just certain vehicles that stick in our minds as being the epitome of whatever big screen role they played. The 1973 Ford Falcon XB GT may also sit as part of the movie role elite as the Black Mad Max Interceptor in the Mad Max franchise.
Mad Max was a post-Apocalyptic, "western" type film that was released back in 1979. This Australian dystopian action film centered its attention around the breakdown of society, love, and revenge, and spawned two sequels in Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior and Max Max Beyond Thunderdome. And since every hero has a bad ass ride, Max Rockastansky - played by a young Mel Gibson - had the modified Ford Falcon XB GT featuring a 500 HP 5.8L V8 engine. This one ride sticks out in the Mad Max franchise, but is only one of a number of stellar vehicles featured in this trio of films. From a 150 HP custom built vehicle for Beyond Thunderdome to a 1,000 HP beast in Mad Max 2, the long list of featured vehicles were built to fill the needs of the renegade police officer and his rival gang members.
Now we hear that Director George Miller is off to the races yet again, working on Mad Max 4: Road Fury (2014), so we thought it would be appropriate to tackle a vehicular breakdown of Mad Max to prepare fans for the arrival of the new age Interceptor. Take in the ruggedness of the past, because the future Mad Max is going to be smooth.
Check out the rest of the infographic to get a more detailed breakdown of the vehicles from the Mad Max franchise and remember to check back with us for our next installment in the Car Infographics series.
After being announced back in March, two Ford Mad Max Interceptor concepts made their world debut at the Australian International Motor Show in Melbourne. The two concepts were designed by Ford Australia in cooperation with Top Gear Australia in order to celebrate the revival of the Mad Max action movie genre.
"We’re delighted that both our readers and the social web community have warmed to the car," TopGear Australia Editor, Stephen Corby, said. "The level of interest has really taken us by surprise, particularly with on-line media."
The company presented two 40% size clay models weighing in at around 130 kg (286 lbs) and dressed to the nines with all of the detailing and trim highlights. The two concepts were designed by Nima Nourian and Simon Brook and use industrial-strength weaponry like "tasers" mounted in the front of the cars to zap bad guys on bikes straight off the road. Other futuristic movie features include a titanium-lined body shell to interrupt police scanners and wheels with extendable spikes to shred enemy vehicles.
"It has given our team a lot of scope to really extend their imaginations The team has been able to get quite creative because the Mad Max car is not constrained by the normal design parameters imposed by a real-world vehicle."