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August 13th, 2018
Mecum announces the auction of the original #559 Bullitt car.

Sean Kiernan is going to separate their familys  home and the Bullitt #559 in Kissimmee 2020 at the Mecum auction at NO RESERVE.

Yet Mecum does not want to sell it outside of America. How wil they prevent that? "Rest assured there are groups of Americans who can prevent that".

Ideally it will be sold to someone who leaves it as what it is.
See the Mecum announcement live
   
August 7th, 2019
Something looks wrong to me, but o.k. to each his own personalised variety of Mustangs, since none of the millions is equal to the next one anyway. This personal dream car of Chuck Heath and his wife had been a 2008 Bullitt Mustang and was converted into a Retrobuilt 1968 dress with molded on earlier parts and panels.
More in a Driveline article.
   
July 11th, 2019
Matt Stone visited the Chinoboys 2019 show this year
and wrote a great report on the Steve McQueen Show. This year the movie Towering Inferno was featured and naturally a few firetrucks were on site with the many 68 Bullitt Mustang replicas and 2001, 2008 and 2019 Bulllitts.
The new Steeda McQueen Edition was on hand as well and Chad McQueen supoorted the event as usuall honoring his father relation to the Boys Replublic School.
Everybody enjoyed the atmosphere and had a lot of fun including our Anthony Bologna.
Read the full report from Matt here at the Ford Performance website.
   

This is not 1968, this is 2019. Taken on site again by Anthony Bologna, who was there in 1968 and now again in 2019 as an eye witness of the closed area.

UPDATED July 8th: Read Anthonys report on this subpage here.
UPDATED July 12th: Final edited Remake of the Chase here.
June 21st, 2019
Fast n`loud did a season opener commercial, which is aired July 8th
. They built a Bullitt replica and performed a chase scene in San Francisco with a modern black Challenger this time, since they wanted a 2 door car instead of a 4 door sedan.

The replica got airborn several times. The set-up was as close to reality as it could be, so expect some exciting scenes. Chad McQueen joined the group to inspire the gang with the appropriate spirit to get it done right.


Watch the teaser now.
Another teaser here
The full episode here
(you need an IP changer in Europe, on the page scroll down for the streaming and empty your cache, if you have some problems in reviewing it)




Chad McQueen entering the game in a Steeda McQueen Edition 2019 Bullitt. Officer Frank Harrell pulls him over on the same Taylor Street, where his dad Steve McQueen made his mark coming down in the 68 Mustang.
   

May 14th., 2019
Another eye witness speaks out:
Joe Faccenda

Written by Anthony Bologna:

Here is another day in the life of Steve McQueen filming "Bullitt" in our San Francisco neighborhood of NorthBeach. Joe Faccenda takes us back to 1968 were there was very little to no security around the streets used to film the greatest chase ever.........here is his story.
I was working at a gas station on Filbert and Columbus and I noticed a camera crew on the building across the street pointing a camera up Filbert Street.
There weren't any police blocking off streets or stopping traffic. Knowing that there was a movie being filmed with Steve McQueen, I got curious and walked to Filbert Street to see what was going on.
As I gotcloser, I saw the black Charger go by and when I did go into the street the green Mustang with Steve McQueen behind the wheel had to go around me.
A couple of minutes later, a guy that looked upset walked toward me with a walkie talkie and told me that I "f@#ked up the take.

 They had sent him down to make sure I didn't do it again. I told him that I was working at the gas station and needed to move cars around so I could change the oil on one of them. He let me go on with my business and then I moved my grey Chevelle SS to the first parking spot on the sidewalk on Filbert Street. After I did that, I saw the Charger and the Mustang coming towards me again.

My friend and neighbor Joe Faccenda (right) wearing a leather jacket looking on as Steve McQueen is going over the next scene with crew.

At that point, the guy they had sent to watch me so I didn't mess up any more takes started yelling at me and told me to get back over to where he was standing. I started walking towards him slowly and stopped to lean on a car. He wasn't very happy about that but they didn't want to have to do another take. If you look quickly in that scene, you can see me and myChevelle That's the only picture I have of that car. I also witnessed two other scenes. I was standing behind the camera man when they shot the scene where he missed the turn and burned rubber in reverse. That wasn't planned and Steve McQueen was upset that he missed the turn. I was also at the bottom of the Taylor Street hills when the cars were flying down and made the turn to go up Filbert Street.  Between takes, Steve McQueen would put on a show for us doing wheelies up Taylor Street on his Triumph motorcycle and taking photos and signing autographs.
   


2nd March 2019 -  Press Release:
12th Annual Friends of Steve McQueen Car and Motorcycle Show in Chino

 Towering Inferno” Movie Screening Thursday: May 30, 2019
Commemorative Dinner: Friday May 31, 2019
Steve McQueen Car and Motorcycle Show: Saturday, June 1, 2019
Kickback Dinner: Saturday evening after car show

  Chino Hills, CA:  You are there on the 135th floor, no way down, no way out” – other than to bask in the fiery excitement of the 12th Annual Friends of Steve McQueen Car and Motorcycle Show, hosted at Boys Republic, 1907 Boys Republic Drive, Chino Hills, CA. This year’s event will revolve around the blazingly suspenseful film, “Towering Inferno”, starring Steve McQueen, Paul Newman and a brigade of Hollywood’s biggest stars.  

The action begins Thursday evening, May 30th, with a screening of “Towering Inferno” held at 6:00pm in the Boys Republic Gymnasium, seating is limited and the movie is complementary with donations accepted at the door, refreshments served at intermission, visit our website to reserve your seat now.  The Commemorative dinner follows on Friday evening, May 31st. The evening will include a silent auction and wine tasting, followed by a movie themed dinner program and live auction. The meal will be planned, prepared and served by culinary students of Boys Republic.

 The car and motorcycle show will take place on Saturday, June 1st. Discounted pre-registration on the website through May 15, 2019 affords you to request placement with your club, group, and friends. Registration after May 15th we will not be able to accommodate requested placements.

 After the show, guests can enjoy the 2nd annual Kickback Dinner including a cocktail hour, dinner and camaraderie to wrap up this year’s event. You can purchase your tickets when you register online.

 There is another opportunity for enthusiasts wishing to head out on patrol by signing up for the 4th Annual Steve McQueen Rally, sponsored by Russo and Steele, McKenna Automotive & Marine Air, Inc, taking place on May 4th and 5th, 2019. Participants will begin their two-day journey with a private tour at the Petersen Museum in LA, with an overnight stay in beautiful Lake Arrowhead, ending with a luncheon at the newly constructed Bistro at Boys Republic. Limited registration for the rally which includes all previously mentioned car show activities.  More information will be available on the Friends of Steve McQueen website.

The Boys Republic was established in 1907, as a private, non-profit community for at-risk boys and girls, ages 13-17. McQueen attended as a student from 1947-49. The actor credited the school with turning his life around and pointing him on the path to success. He never forgot that connection, and remained involved with the school even after he became a Hollywood star and legend. The McQueen family continues that involvement today.

 Over the past eleven years, the car and motorcycle show has raised more than $2.5 million, with all proceeds donated to Boys Republic.  

For pre-registration and further information, visit www.stevemcqueencarshow.com

   

James Gregor from Down Under finished his 1968 project  some time ago and joins it with his new 2019 Bullitt. They are both waiting here for a friends 68 Charger for another group shot. We will keep you posted.
   

January 4th, 2019 (updated Feb/25th 2019)
Jean-Pierre GaGick
was  back in  San Francisco after filming a Bullitt documentary a few years ago for his TV show in France called AutoMoto.
This time around he showed up with a 2019 Highland Green Bullitt Mustang.

Filming took place on many of the same street and hills from the movie "Bullitt" on the streets of San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood.



The final photo shoot took place below the north tower of the Golden Gate Bridge at the decommission Fort Baker Army Base.
< There,  I was interviewed on what it was like growing up in the 60s experiencing the greatest chase ever filmed. 
Anthony Bologna
You can view the result here
   
January 2019
Bullitt Artwork is IN

Once and then Bullitt maniacs like me stumble over noteworthy decoratin for their mans cave and this poster certainly belongs in there.

Available for 10 to 65 pound Sterling depending on the size A3, A2, A1, Martin Buckham did a great job in my view.


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BTW - is it only me or are you getting tired of the real Bullitt be shown around. I think it is time to let it vanish again.
I assume this was the purpose of the tour... to feed people until they don't ask anymore for it. Sean Kiernan deserves that break and end of curiosity for sure after having responded to so many questions around the globe, all putting up the same questions.

Time for a new mystery in my view. Ponysite works on it, rest assured.

   

Both cars had some nice display signboards.

Bob Abrams sent us pictures taken by relatives at the 61st Annual San Francisco car show at the Moscone Center, where Rob Kiernans original Bullitt car is displayed. Together with a local Charger and a 2019 Bullitt Mustang it drew a lot of attention.

The San Francisco Chronicle is an official sponsor, everybody knows the famous pic where Steve McQueen pulls that newspaper from the box.

 
Bill Shepherd in the UK builts nice new modernized 68 restored Bullitt Mustang with a Coyote 5.0 delivering 420 to 620HP depending on the options you choose. Looks like a HiPo driving machine. Would like to try it.


   
The original Bullitt Stunt car #558 will appear at the 2019 55th Mustang Anniversary
Ralph Garcia reports of the restoration status, which according to the news is meanwhile also involving Kevin Marti.

See the video of Ralph telling about the progress made so far.

(Report from Mustang Owners Museum)
   
2019 Bullitt rides the famous Mountain road on the Isle of Man.
As a part of a series of "road movies" driving legendary roads in Ford vehicles, Steven Sutcliffe took the road #9 with a 2019 RHD Bullitt Mustang and a final score of 56 out of 60 points.
The public course - famous for the annual TT motorbike trophy - has no speed limit and is called an "insane" or "outrageous" experience by those that had the fortune of driving there.
See the spectacular winding road, which "suits the Bullitt Mustang like no other".
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November 1st, 2018
The 2019 Bullitt McQueen Edition by McQueen Racing in cooperation with Galpin and Steeda made its appearance at the SEMA 2018.
The supercharger delivering the boost for the 775HP (0-60 in 3,4sec) was not yet installed under the hood nor the correct wheels, as former BM engine guru Edd Stevens reported,but they will be shown at the LA Autoshow.
   
November 1st, 2018
James Gregor from Down Under joined our Bullitt replica group, which grows since 1992.

He enjoys very soon TRIPLE FUN.

Aside from his original S-code Mustang in Dark Highland Green he has ordered a 2019 Bullitt Mustang and - what a surprise - has a friend with a black 1968 Charger.

What else do you need to enjoy car life?

More about his treasure.
 
October 18th., 2018
On the 50th Anniversary of the Bullitt movie premiere, Fathom Events did a great favour to all McQueen maniacs. The McQueen family had teamed up with them to publish a remastered version that included additional material about the unveiling of the 2019 Bullitt at Detroit earlier this year, plus interviews with Neillie, Chad, Molly and others of the family.
The public showing in 50 cinemas was a great success. Matt Stone wrote a nice report here. Dave Kunz tribute car was on site with a 2019 and we got permission from Matt to re-publish his article here. Will do soon. Enjoy the link for the moment.
   
September 27th, 2018
David and Chris from UK (featured on our site more often) displayed their Bullitt movie car pair at the Goodwood Revival 2018.
The scenario was very well set-up and received by spectators.

Congratulations.
   
September 5th, 2018
Not sure if TOP GEAR got that really right, but they state in their latest issue that a script of a new Bullitt movie is out and Molly McQueen would play as actress in that movie.
On the other hand they claim again in facts about the movie that 3 1968 were used.
We all know that was not the case, so bad research or just picked rumours with little time given to verify?

Well, anyway, I'd certainly watch a new Bullitt 2018/2019 movie for sure:-)

And this issue of Top Gear is worth to read, simply for all the other movie cars covered, the driving experience with the 2019 Bullitt and the Goodwood Speed event report.
Make sure you get it on your collectors shelf .
   
September 5th, 2018
Alex Trustman, screenwriter of "BULLITT" back then is now in his late 8oies, he wants to have a Bullitt Mustang ride from Ford.

They offered it to him for 2 weeks, but he refused, asked for a longer period, until he is 90ies.
What do you think. Deserved or not?
 
This fall, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bullitt,
Fathom Events and Warner Bros. are revving up the classic cop thriller and bringing it back to movie theaters.


nationwide for two days only, on October 7 and 9, 2018.
Make sure you drive by with all your Bullitt friends.
 
July 30th, 2018
BULLITT << TIME MACHINE

Sean Kiernan must have had the best hairrising experience of his whole BULLITT Tour this year - even after Goodwood - when driving the original route in the original car of Steve McQueen 50 years after the movie was made.

Picture that..... taking the real Bullitt time machine and going back in history to relive the thrill of the most famous car chase movie.


Anthony Bologna was on site in SFO - here at the house where McQueen resides in the movie - during the photoshoot yesterday.

Expect a report with more pics in the next days. Well, life came in the way for Anthony. Stay tuned a few more days.
Below:
July 28th -FOR SALE in October at
MECUM Houston
   
July 26th, 2018
Yes, I think
Andre Brooks did excellent ..his tone of voice and his acting is very likely.
Finally we can have a better look at the Festival contribution of CHASING BULLITT.

Approved I would say and WB, pls. offer him the role for the sequel.

Check out a reel clip here

Plus another clip here

The plot: January 1971— Hollywood legend Steve McQueen makes a reluctant deal with his agent. He’ll choose his next acting gig on one condition: his agent has to help him locate the iconic Ford Mustang GT 390 from his seminal film BULLITT. On his journey across the desert and back to Los Angeles, Steve ruminates on his triumphs and losses. Through his memories, a picture of the man’s reality is slowly revealed: a crumbling marriage, therapy, financial troubles, a waning career. As Steve ultimately discovers the location of the car, he is faced with embracing something far more meaningful. Life can go on. With or without the GT 390.


   

 Anthony Bologna July 25th, 2o18

 It is with a heavy heart ....the unexpected loss of Don Ray Ciucci on July 21,2018. 

Don was one of the original 3 Compari (italian for old friend)....with Anthony Bologna and Frank Panacci  making the yearly trip to Chino Calif to participate in the "Boys Republic"  Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show....a private ,non profit, school and treatment center for troubled teens. Don was instrumental in the design and success of the t-shirt sales with Frank Panacci.  The art work design showed  the 68  Charger and Bullitt Mustang catapulting over Taylor Street in San Francisco, our neighborhood of NorthBeach. 


A San Francisco native, where he graduated from Lowell High School in 1965; attended the City College of San Francisco and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where he earned a BS in City and Regional Planning.

 It was then that Don decided to pursue a career with the Daly City Fire Department.

While promoting through the ranks, Don found his true calling in the training division where he was the 1995 Ed Bent Instructor of the Year award recipient and the 2003 California Firefighter's Association "Training Officer of the Year.

In 2005 Don retired from the fire service as a Deputy Fire Chief, having left a lasting impression on the hundreds of firefighters he trained throughout San Mateo County.
 

Sean Kiernan on site at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Didn't we predict it back then in late 2017?
The 1968 meets the 2018 on the Higland Green Road, and it even came close to the area where we back then filmed our movie with the help of Hendy Ford, David Redhead and Chris Hows Charger. Now look at this pic and then again at our parting shot of the 1968 Bullitt driving along the UK roads. Prediction fulfilled ...sounds like  knowledge :-)
   
June 24th, 2018, update July 15th
1968 meets 2018
The original Bullitt movie hero visited Europe at the Goodwood Festival of Speed/UK

German Bullitt enthusiasts can have the fun of seeing Arnold Welchs former so called "survivor" and a Bullitt Mustang replica owned by Chrome Cars with a similar patina like the original at the Castle Dyck show soon.

A documentary on 50years Bullitt has just been finished by the SWR TV and another 1o pages article been printed in Autobild Classic. Again Chrome Cars from Jena provided the couple.
Another showing of the '19 Bullitt will be at the german Bensberg Supercars show mid July.
   
June 10th, 2018
The 2019 Bullitt made its appearance at the Speedfest at Brands Hatch this weekend, as we predicted. David Redhead was there with his 68 Bullitt replica  and his McQueen dummy in it as well as a few MMA movie cars. And of course the Charger 50th parade was very impressive this Sunday morning. We will show you more pics soon.



   
June, 9th. 2018, updated July 20th
With all the hype around the surfaced original Bullitt Mustangs, we won't forget our roots, the worldwide Bullitt maniacs, that build outstanding replicas every other day.

David Molnar and his Bullitt Mustang tribute is our latest addition.
His 1968 GT 390 will be featured soon on this site and continue our 25 years history line.
Here is the link to his car, #35 of the US Bullitt replicas gathered by us over the past 25 years.
   











Link to a video from the show.

"A special announcement of a limited run of “Steve McQueen Edition” 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt models – these to be designed, built and distributed by Ford mega-dealer Galpin Motors along with Steeda Autosports.
All of course will be Highland Green Metallic and offer special and highly subtle design cues, including a custom wheel design based on the original ’68’s American Torq Thrust D wheels, plus rear side-window slats resembling those in the sail panels of the ’68.
There will be naturally aspirated versions, running the stock 480-horsepower 5.0-Liter V-8, plus a supercharged versions cranking out more than 800 rampant ponies. Each car will be numbered and serialized as you might expect, and the project is licensed by the McQueen family, Galpin, and by  Ford.
"

They will be exported as well.

"I just returned from attending the “Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show” which is held each year at the “Boys Republic” in Chino Hills California. The event started Thursday night with the screening of the movie "Bullitt". Friday night dinner had a San Francisco theme, which was sold  out to over 800 guest with a live auction . The 1968 Charger, 1968 Bullitt and 2019 Bullitt Mustang were on display on stage like trophies on a shelf for the enjoyment of all to view."

"Steve McQueen's son, Chad, started the show eleven years ago to help raise funds for the school.   The show continues to grow with each passing year. This year’s show was celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the movie “Bullitt”. Over 550 entries which included 68 Bullitt Mustangs, motorcycle, race cars, movie cars, and  airplanes all lined up, as well as many of the newer “Bullitt” Mustangs that were in attendance.    Frank Panacci's was the only Black ’68 Charger on display next to the 2019 “Bullitt” Mustangs." 

Report by Anthony Bologna.  June 5th, 2018    

   
June 3rd, 2018 - updated June 9th, 2018
McQueen racing announced the 2019/2020 Steve McQueen Edition of the Mustang.
It will be delivered with either 500 hp or supercharged 800 hp. Custom designed wheels with HRE. Over 53 new parts. Only 300 per model year.

Planned to be exported to Europe as well via Steeda UK. The package is roughly estimated at 21.000 Dollar on top.
   
June 2nd, 2018
Living Legend Tour on the Route 66

Our friend - photographer Richard Truesdell rode a while with the Bullitt gang on the old Route 66 and took awesome pictures. Check his posted pictures out on Facebook, if you can. 2 new 2019 Bullitts (PPT-Versions) joined the tour of 1968 replicas, 2001 and 2008 Bullitt Mustangs.

   
May 20th, 2018
Brands Hatch Speedfest
  on the 9th/10th of June is celebrating 50 years of the Charger Gen 2.

In addition to the MMA display, a replica of the Charger from the famous Bullitt car chase, courtesy of Motion Picture Motors, will appear in the movie car displays, half a century on from the Steve McQueen motion picture’s release.
We wish our mates a cool show. Don't forget the 2019 Bullitt Mustang there.
Ford UKs PR department has confirmed its appearance at the show.
Orders can be taken by now for the new Bullitt at Ford dealers. The pricelist was distributed June 2nd. Almost 45.000 Pound incl. VAT retail sale, road ready licenced 47.145 pound.

Our prediction more than 1/2 a year ago has been 100% fulfilled. 1968 meets 2019 on the Highland Green road...even in Horseham/UK and now at Brands Hatch Speedfest.
   
May 2018
The movie - produced under the worktitle GT390 - starring Andre Brooks has been officially renamed into Chasing Bullitt.

The movie will be shown at the historic Graumanns Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Blvd, Friday June 8th., 9.30 pm. (TLC Chinese 6)
Featured in the Dances with Films festival.

It is a biography of Steves time with his wife Neilly.

Make sure you drive up at the Chinese Theatre that evening with your Bullitt replica.
   
April 12th
April 17th - April 24th sees the Bullitt Hero car #559 at the capital in Washington/DC.
Following the national Mustang Day 54 years after its press apearance in the US, it will be on display in a glass container.
We have word that it comes over after that to Europe/UK and it will be most probably on display in London.
Looking forward to it.
A number of TV productions are made these days on the topic in Europe.
   
April 5th, 2018
The Chino Boys Republic event is coming soon.
Here is an invitational video, we got permission by Mark Perleberg for publishing.

April 27, 28th and 29th  Santa Barbara - Paso Dobles rallye. Watch out on the road to see exciting action.


Link
   
March 8th, 2018
The Geneva launch is meanwhile history,
but what I really like, is this Bullitt promo box, they handed out to enthusiasts.

My friend Rico got this one. Would like to have one myself. Maybe there is another opportunity in Europe this year.

The 1967 ! Bullitt replica they had on stage is to my best knowledge a rental car from the UK.

More Bullitt show appearances coming on in Europe. Next one maybe at the Techno Classica in Essen in March? We'll report on that one.
   
March 6th, 2018
Ford Germany launches commercial for the european version of the Bullitt Mustang 2019 and will show it at the Geneva Auto Show.

Watch this video on FB, text says, preseries-model (VP006), emission and other technical data to follow for the european launch.
Note the licence plate, not a valid one. The rear lights are continued in white.
Another commercial was done with the GQ Magazine. Watch here on Facebook

More official pics
   
March 1st, 2018
The Classic Auto Show welcomes Dave Kunz' replica happening this Friday-Sunday at the L.A. Los Angeles Convention Center .

Looks interesting. One car does it anyway.
   
February 9th/24th, 2018
The Bullitt Hero car to appear at the Amelia Island Concours, March 9.-11, 2018 and in DC, April 17.-23.2018 "HVA show Cars at the Capital"
Sean keeps us all updated on the World Tour.
Summer may foresee most probably a date in Europe.
We bet on the Le Mans Classic in July and a second display at Hagerty Classics in the UK.

   
February 4th, 2018
Let's not forget the many Bullitt Enthusiasts that keep this website running for the past 25 years.
Debra Roy from Canada saw the movie in the late 60ies and was hooked. One day her husband Terry spotted an ad in a newspaper, he called the seller and learned that it sat for the past 26 years in a garage, was green and had AR Torque Thrusts mounted....no more words needed.

They asked for a reservation, jumped in the car and drove 4 hours to check it out.
 
More details on this car here.

The one thing to go soon - says Terry - are the white C-Stripes typical for a GT and a few cosmetic things, but the couple has fulfilled its dreams with this outstanding car and preserved another DHG Mustang for the future. Thank you.
   
January 29th, 2018
The original Bullitt movie hero car appears at the Hagerty HQ in Michigan, Traverse City.

It will stay there for 2 weeks until February 14th.

Please join them for a Special Surprise Screening: 'McQueen’s Chase – a 50th Anniversary Celebration' at the State Theater in Traverse City, MI. This is a free screening. All are welcome.



Source: Sean Kiernan/Hagerty Classics.
   
January 26th, 2018
Wow, a hairrising article from Larry Webster follows the reveal of the Hero car from the Bullitt Movie.

Rob Kiernan lets Larry and the photographer Jeremy Cliff and Casey Maxon into the family garage, where the car was stored since the mid 90ies after being moved from the Kentucky barn.
You'll find the full article with permission from Hagerty/Lauren Gusler to Anthony Bologna here on this site.

Click here
   
January 23rd, 2018
The Kiernans Bullitt Mustang #559 will do a world tour for one year.

First station is Washington. "For one year, Sean Kiernan will travel the world with his car and work on a documentary film scheduled for release in late 2018." reports Phoebe Wall Howard.
At least one event in Europe is on their agenda. We guess the choice is either Goodwood or Le Mans, but hope for the Techno Classica.

Sean Kiernans aim is to display it later at the Henry Ford museum.
   
January 19th, 2018
Today the first Bullitt Mustang 2019  VIN #...001 was auctioned off at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale around 7.30 pm. (3.30 a.m GMT)

100% of the hammer price went to the Boys Republic, a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian school and treatment community for troubled youngsters.

Read the description here



The car sold for 300.000 Dollar.

Chad McQueen drove it on the block and presented it to the crowd.


After-Detroit-show-notes: See this to understand the dilemma of sending a young journalist with little clue of Steve McQueens life and Bullitt and then doing an interview with Mollie about 1968 and her grandfather.


   
January 15th, 2018
The Show must go on.
We've got new spyshots photos from the Day after the Big BULLITT press show in Detroit and decided that we move on with Beyond the Basics fact in the future.

See exclusive Detroit pictures of the 1968 Bullitt Mustang #559 here.
They were taken when the PR hype was over thanks to one of our longtime contributors.

There is still enough to tell aside from all the published material about the #559 Bullitt 1968 Hero car, so stay tuned to this website.

For the time being read this:
   
January 15th, 2018

See the former Kentucky barn shots here.

We have kept them since 1997 out of sight, since it was promised. Only a few insiders had them and kept their promise for more than 2 decased.
   
January 13/14th, 2018
We knew it was coming.
Time to get back to our earlier statement that the Mystery will materialize in Detroit . 1968 meets 2018 as mentioned in our video adventure at the Ford dealership in Horsham/UK. What a coincidence that a background of a Highland Green Road was nearby to take a photoshoot. 
 
What we figured out from the puzzle pieces was,
Ford has got #559, the original Bullitt movie hero car.
The story of FINDING THE BULLITT was sold earlier to well-known parties like Brad Bowling, Hagerty and the Leno show, so of course I had to face a lot of deaf ears and tight lips. The network mates were not allowed to talk and went silent. But it was a no brainer to put together the puzzlework.

The question was  - when is the best moment to show it. Is it Detroit, BJ, Chino?

Update  15.01.2018
David Kunz now published the barn pictures from 1997. We will feature them here soon.
For more details visit the Brad Bowling or Hagerty website.
More background stories and a major website update soon.
Though this car is a public historic car now, we will continue our successfull replica car section and try to maintain the enthusiasm with replica owners and Bullitt feeldings when driving your 68 Mustang fastback like before. Stay tuned.

2019 Bullitt and 1968 original car #559 with Molly McQueen on stage

Ford Media: "Sean Kiernan, owner of the hero vehicle, inherited the car in 2014 from his late father, Robert, who had purchased the vehicle in 1974. To fulfill his family’s lifelong dream, Sean contacted Ford and the two parties worked together to reveal his movie star car alongside the all-new 2019 Mustang Bullitt at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Sean says:
“You know, it was never our intention to keep this car a secret from everybody,” Sean said. “It just kind of happened with life. I’m just completely buzzing to join with Ford and the new Bullitt and show this car to the world on one of the biggest stages there is.
   
January 8th, 2018
Mustangs Owner Museum plans a special Bullitt show after their Mustang National Day (100 yards away from the construction site)  June 8th-10th with a special Display.

Connect with them and enter your name for email updates. They are also reporting updates about the mexican #558 car soon on their site. Shown on left is the repro plate they are now using on the jump movie car.

The owners are still looking for date-correct parts. Its certainly ready  to show then at their 50th Anniversary of Bullitt. Ralph Garcia speaks on Saturday, June 9th.
   
January 5th, 2018
Ford is going to auction of at BJ in Scotsdale on the 19th a special new Mustang. It is a Charity vehicle and the money goes to the Chino boys Republic school. (Update 8th: retracted, since the committee here was not yet informed - probably an error by a BJ or Ford guy)

For some reason the pictured 68 car has a hoodscoop, which reminds of the 1965 Cammer from Ford racing.
Should this say something to us? Is there an idea behind a GT390 engine or a special package available from Ford Racing soon after on the occasion of the 5oth Anniversary?
   
January 4th, 2018
The original Bullitt licence plate with the 10 shots of the original Bullitt car at the wash station that was auctioned quite some time ago in the UK.. is on the market again.

It was assumed  by many that it would end up on the mexican car #558. The deal was in fact not finished with the current owner and the story narrated in the spreaded video from Greg Laurie/Ralph Garcia was a bit misleading as to a done deal. No committment from the owner so far to pay for it.

We would like to see it soon end up on the Bullitt Mustang #559 soon after its presentation. Or in the Mustang museum. 31000 US Dollar is the price as paid at the british auction house. No profit intended from the current owner.


If you are interested pass us a line - serious requests only - we will send it further. Seller decides himself, whom he will contact. We will not have any part in this.
Package comes with a COA of the auction house. The story of this orignial movie licence plate can be researched on the Internet and here on our page somewhere further down in the archive.

And then 10 Days to go for  a historic Mustang moment.
Unless Ford retracts for a better moment or other priorities of course. Politics can change if the time is not right. But we bet on it still based on multiple bits of insider information from our resources behind the curtains.

To relate our recent news: The motion platform we mentioned below is just a platform for a heavy vehicle, either the Ranger or the Shelby Super Snake F150 or much less dramatic - the new Diesel F150.
   
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