HoonDog Performance Group was fortunate to be invited to the press release of the 2019 Mustang Bullitt in Detroit on January 14th. Bill Ford and James Hackett, CEO of Ford were in attendance for the unveiling of not only the Bullitt but the new Edge ST and the new Ranger pickup.
The unveiling began with a short video recreating the Bullitt chase scene in a parking garage. The 2019 Bullitt was driven by who we would soon find out was Molly McQueen competing with a black Charger for the last remaining parking spot.
As the video ended the 2019 Bullitt drove onto the stage and out jumped Molly McQueen, granddaughter of Steve McQueen, to introduce the car. Goosebumps was the word of the day as the car had an immediate effect on us all.
Ford had more surprises in store. Molly introduced another short video featuring Sean Kiernan the owner of the 1968 Mustang used in the movie Bullitt and herself. The car was revealed on the screen and then starting up in the room it drove through the assembled press onto the stage. Yet another goosebump moment. A car that had been out of sight for many years and considered the holy grail of Mustangs was now out in the open for the automotive world to see.
What a weekend. Thank you to our friends at Ford and specifically the Mustang program for allowing to be a part of Bullitt history.
A post on the Vintage Mustang Forum has set the automotive world ablaze. The entry on the forum posted photos of a1968 fastback in mid restoration. Fede Garza a member from Mexico on the forum posted a series of photos and included was the VIN on the door tag and the VIN plate. A VIN that happens to match the second Mustang used in Bullitt. This car by all accounts was supposed to be crushed due to the extensive damage it received while filming the jump and final chase scene sequnces where the Charger meets its fiery fate.
Reportedly the car has been in Mexico for over 30 years. Kevin Marti has deemed this car the real and true car that was used in the movie Bullitt as the jump car. This could potentially be worth millions and possibly 10s of millions.
To read Federico Garza's story and see his photos of the car head over to our 1968 movie car page. Vintage Mustang Forum
Rumors are running rampant through the automotive community about a video produced by Ford to show behind the scenes of the development of Ford cars and trucks that has either an Easter egg of a future Mustang variant or a colossal misstep by Ford. Since the latter is not likely it appears to be a possible hint at what is to come. During the video at the 3 minute mark the camera pans to show a mock up board in the background with a Mustang that has what appears to be dark green paint and significantly debadged. Closer inspection reveals torque thrust style wheels and a pony less grill.
This is a tantalizing nugget that could lead to the promise of a 50th Anniversary Bullitt tribute Mustang. Only time will tell.
Watch for yourself and let us know what you think.