You don’t have to be a gearhead or a film historian to know the car chase scene from Bullitt is one of the greatest ever.
Sure, there have been plenty of awesome sequences shot since, but The French Connection, Ronin, and the Bourne Identity all owe a tremendous debt to director Peter Yates’ white-knuckle sprint through the streets of San Francisco. Leading man and “King of Cool” Steve McQueen actually did his own driving for the scene, because when he wasn’t in front of the camera he was driving race cars, and well, when Steve McQueen wanted something, he generally got it. And who could blame him for wanting to tear through San Francisco?
Of course, every enthusiast knows McQueen drove a Dark Highland Green 1968 Mustang Fastback, and Ford wisely decided to capitalize on that fact when it released Bullitt Edition Mustangs in 2001 and 2008. So with the film’s 50th anniversary looming, it only makes sense we’ll see another special edition of the Blue Oval’s iconic pony car, and right now, it looks like the reveal will be at this year’s Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale. Because when you look through the offerings set to roll across the block later this month, there’s a listing for a “Ford Charity Vehicle.” And other than saying that it’s a Mustang, and that 100% percent of the hammer price will go to charity, there are no specifics. But after looking at the image associated with the ad, you’d have to be pretty dense to miss the hint being offered here—as it’s a 1968 Mustang Fastback.
Along with Dark Highland Green paint and special Bullitt badging, past editions saw tweaks to the Mustang GT’s suspension, gearing, and engine, and that’s what we expect for this version as well. Overall, it’s a great package, and if you’re looking to put a Bullitt Mustang in your garage, we suggest getting down to your local AutoNation Ford dealer and getting your name on a list.