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JUST WHO BOUGHT THE ORIGINAL BULLITT MUSTANG?

The Buyer Of The Steve McQueen Movie Car Remains A Mystery

Bullitt Mustang

The Highland Green 1968 Ford Mustang fastback featured in the Steve McQueen classic “Bullitt” is undoubtedly one of the most recognizable muscle cars of all time. Famous for its participation in an (overrated) 10-minute chase scene, the Mustang was as big of a movie star as its A-list pilot. After a 40-year hiatus, the green fastback made a triumphant return to the limelight at the Detroit Auto Show in 2018, completing a worldwide media tour in the time since. Earlier this month, however, the Bullitt Mustang was finally sold at the Mecum Auction in Kissimmee, Florida.

With a hammer price of $3.4 million dollars, or $3.74 million after commissions and fees, the Bullitt Mustang has officially joined the upper echelon of big-money muscle cars. The sale smashed the previous Mustang recond, held by a 1967 Shelby GT500 “Super Snake” that sold for $2.2 million at the Kissimmee auction back in 2019. The Bullitt Mustang only sits behind the 1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda convertible, which hammered for a $3.5 million all the way back in 2014, in terms of value.

Despite the eye-watering final price tag, bidding for the legendary Mustang opened up at $3,500, same amount that the seller Sean Kiernan’s father purchased the car for back in 1974 when he responded to a Road and Track ad, according to The Detroit Free Press. While we do know what the new owner paid for the car, we don’t quite know yet who purchased it. According to Kiernan, the only person who does know who bought the car is none other than Frank Mecum of Mecum Auctions.

It does seem kind of odd that a car this important could spend the last two years on a global tour, only to be hidden away once again by its new owner. Regardless of what happens with the Bullitt Mustang now, good on the Kiernan family for being its caretakers for the last 40 years, and congratulations on your newfound millions.

We’re putting money on it being classic car enthusiast Kendall Jenner. Just a feeling.

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Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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    1. Calling the Bullitt car chase sceen over rated ?
      You sir are a moron. Automotive media jedi knight my You don’t know
      Name a better car chase screen then that had more influence on how they where done .
      You probably like new CGI chase sceens which are all garbage like the Fast n Furious farces

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