October 17 marked the 50th anniversary of the iconic Steve McQueen movie, Bullitt. The 1968 Oscar-winning film is best remembered for its near 11-minute long car chase, a scene that’s consistently ranked as the best car chase in cinema history. The car chase sees McQueen racing his iconic 1968 Ford Mustang GT Fastback through the streets of San Francisco.
Over the years this historic Mustang has acquired legendary status amongst collectors, with McQueen himself unsuccessfully attempting to hunt down the original Mustang to add to his collection. During his search, McQueen approached two different owners, sending a letter to one, Robert Kiernan, asking to “get back his” beloved Mustang. You can read the letter below.
McQueen even offered to find Kiernan a similar Mustang, but Kiernan didn’t reply and chose to keep the now historic car in the family. Three decades later, when Kiernan passed away, his son Sean recovered the vehicle from storage, restored it and contacted Ford regarding the 50th anniversary of the Bullitt film.
And here we are, in 2018 with Ford about to release the 2018 Mustang Bullitt. During its reveal back in January, Sean Kiernan took to the stage, along with McQueen’s granddaughter Molly, providing a historical context that tied McQueen’s history with the movie and vehicle to owners of the new 2018 Bullitt. 700 individually numbered Mustang Bullitts were announced for Australia. Revheads should keep their eyes peeled as they are due to hit the road in the coming weeks.