Return of the Legend: How did the fate of the famous “Mustang” from the movie “Bullitt”
In 1968, the legendary film “Bullitt” appeared on the screens with the no less legendary Steve McQueen in the title role. Almost every avtofanat in the world saw the chase from this film. And if Steve McQueen became the main star of the greatest police thriller, then the main star of the best car chase in the history of cinema is undoubtedly the green 390 GT V8 Ford Mustang. What happened after the shooting with the famous car – read in the sequel.
In particular, two “Mustangs” provided by Ford for shooting were actually involved in the filming of the film and the chase. The cars were driven by renowned veteran racer Max Balchovski. Screen “opponent” for the “Mustang” made no less cool V8 Dodge Charger.
It was believed that after the film one of the “Mustangs” was put into the scrap. However, he was found in a landfill in the Mexican desert and restored to its original state. As for the second car, after filming it was sent for repair, and then it was bought by one of the staff of the Warner Brothers studio.
Some time later, he resold the car, and in 1974 the car was sold again. She was bought by an ad in the newspaper Bob Kiernan in exchange for his old MGB GT. Bob was attracted by the fact that the car was shot in the movie “Bullitt” and it was driven by Steve McQueen himself.
In 1977, Steve McQueen came out on Bob with an offer to buy a car, but Bob refused. Apparently he really liked the car.
Unfortunately, in 1979 the car broke down and for some reason it was not repaired. So immobilized car stood for many years. All this time, the fans of “Bullitt” built guesses and unsuccessfully searched for the car. Her fate began to grow into different rumors and gossip. And it would still have been going on for how long if one day, Bob’s son, Sean Kiernan, did not tell his boss, Casey Wallace, the owner of an automotive paint and consumables store, where Sean worked, about a unique car that he inherited from his father. And then spun.
Casey was one of the founders of Spyplane Films. Spyplane Films director and Casey Wallace’s friend Ken Horstmann was working on a film based on a story about how two teenagers found the Mustang from Bullitt and the bad guys are trying to take it away from them. Quite a common plot, and a very unusual and momentous coincidence. After learning that in the garage of Sean there is a real legend, Casey decides to restore it, to show it to the public and film it in his film.
However, everything is not so simple, followed by a whole series of checks, which should confirm the participation of the machine in the shooting of “Bullitt”. After all these formalities, Sean and Casey contacted Michael Berardi, head of Ford car maintenance, who provided significant support for a car restoration project. He also offered to present this find at the Detroit Auto Show in January 2018, along with the 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt presentation. Of course, Sean agreed and preparations began, which lasted about six months.
And so, January 2018 came, and two cars rolled out onto the platform. One of them lived a long and amazing life, became a real legend. The second is a tribute to the Legend and its creators. Now the legendary “Mustang” will be removed in the film as the main character, and then, perhaps, take pride of place in the garage of Sean Kiernan – the man who did everything to make the green 390 GT V8 Ford Mustang take its place of honor in history.