Aside from having the Kentucky barn pictures since
1997, knowing in which status the car was, we had got some rumours in 2003 of a nephew who claimed to have driven the car before
it went into the barn and who told us, the Mustang is now planned for a subtle
restoration as a father/son project.
It sounded logical as for the main reasons of Robert Kiernan. (The name
known since Jan. 14th, 2018)
Brad Bowling mentioned in a readers letter response in Mustang Monthly (March
2005 issue) that - if the current owner decides so, he "considers" to
let it go to a Mustang museum, if Ford is backing it up.
Mustang Enthusiast published a
authored article in April 2010 about the second owner Frank Maranca. You
could view it online on the Amos Publishing website for a while, but it
has vanished some time in 2015 or so. The fortunate ones have a scan of
it like us.
Early 2010 I have been contacted by a family friend, who has seen the
car and the documentation in person at the current owners home.
However he said he was not aware of any nephew or relative, , still he had
good facts on hand that confirmed our known facts. The name was given to
me, though David and Anthony knew it for much longer.
obviously died in 2014 after they had taken the car apart and the son
Sean Kiernan had had little time in the period before. Now he had a task
to get the car back on its tires. The engine had been rebuilt, but most
other parts not been touched.
It is proven to be the camera car as the
camera bracketry is still welded to the car like in the below backscene picture.
Since 1997 we held the pictures taken in the Mustang barn out of sight
as promised. Now we can finally publish them.
October/November 2017 we heard first news about #559 being on hand most
probably for a 2018 Bullitt launch, which had leaked earlier amongst
At the NAIAS Detroit Auto Show o the 14th. January 2018 the car was
finally shown together with the now 2019 Bullitt Mustang.
2017 - the other Bullitt Mustang (8R02S1125558), which was the chase car and
towing the Charger into the gas station at the end, appeared on the Internet.
It was previously thought to have
been wrecked. Suddenly itappeard in Mexicali/Mexico early March after it has been
"patched up" from a rotten skeleton as found in a backyard in Los Cabos/Baja
California, where it resided at least 10, if not 20 years.
the Bullitt News