If Steve McQueen was still with us, you know he would have jumped at the chance to own his co-star—the 1968 Ford Mustang GT that he drove in the classic cop film Bullitt. The original Highland Green beauty just crossed the block at the Mecum Kissimmee 2020 auction in Florida and became the most expensive Mustang ever sold.
If you thought the $1.1 million Craig Jackson recently spent on the first 2020 Shelby GT500 was a lot of money, you should probably sit down. Or consider the $2.2 million someone spent on a ’67 Shelby GT500 Super Snake (at the same auction in Kissimmee)—if that seems like pet-Leopard money, yeah, brace yourself. The Bullitt Mustang used in the eponymous movie just gaveled at Mecum for an eye-gouging $3.74 million. It is now not only the most expensive Mustang ever sold, but also the most expensive muscle car ever. That title used to belong to a 1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda convertible that changed hands for $3.5 million in 2014. But that Plymouth, you’ll note, was not one of the coolest movie cars of all time.
The Bullitt movie Mustang’s whereabouts were unknown for over four decades until it resurfaced at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show and we learned that it spent a good deal of time with a lucky family in New Jersey. Sean Kierman inherited the car from his father, and his family is finally ready to part with their most cherished possession.
“Through a lot of conversation and prayer my family and I have decided to sell our car, the 1968 Mustang GT fastback known as Bullitt. I can promise that we have thought this through together and decided that this is the best decision for the family,” announced Kierman via Instagram. “Bullitt has been part of my family for 45 years and we have celebrated her in the grandest way possible, and now it will have a new role and new meaning to the future owner.”
The car is one of two Mustangs featured in the 1968 movie and it was used for one of the most famous car chase scenes of all time. Kiernan’s mother used the car as her daily driver for years before it was disassembled in 2001 by the family.
Kiernan put it back together after his father died in 2014 and it has since toured the car around the U.S. and beyond. While you either missed your chance at buying the historic ’68 Mustang, couldn’t afford it even if you had the time to hit up Mecum in Florida, or have an unhealthy beef against Highland Green fastback Ford Mustangs that aren’t brand-new, you can still own a Bullitt Mustang. Ford offers the Mustang in Bullitt guise, with extra horsepower, slick exterior upgrades, and a wonderfully tuned exhaust that’ll bounce Bullitt movie sounds off buildings nearby while you bellow past. Oh, and it only costs $48,800.