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.