Update 3/7/2017 – It has been announced that after traveling to Mexico to see the car in person, Kevin Marti has authenticated it as being the actual Mustang driven by McQueen in Bullitt! Photos of it as discovered in Mexico have also surfaced, showing what sad state it was in. I’m sure there will continue to be doubts and concerns about this car’s authenticity, but this could be big news for Bullitt and Mustang fans a like! Special thanks to Fred W for letting us know about the update.
From 3/2/2017 – Reader Edward W tipped us off to what could be one of the biggest stories of the year in the Ford world! We all know about Steve McQueen’s iconic movie, Bullitt, and the Mustang that was the real star of the show. But what ever happened to the cars used in filming? Well, apparently one was destroyed during filming and the other ended up in a collection in Kentucky. According to a Member of the Vintage Mustang Forum, the wrecked Bullitt Mustang actually ended up in Mexico between 20 and 30 years ago, instead of being destroyed. It’s quite the incredible story, but can it be true? Did the missing car really hide out in Mexico for all these years?
It seems questionable, but Fede G claims to have seen the car and provided the VIN. The car has some unique and interesting features, like reinforced suspension mounts and an exhaust port for a lighting generator. These features don’t prove much, but the VIN should be able to connect the car back to McQueen or at the very least his production company Solar Productions.
The story goes that the car spent a few years in the Baja area, near Los Cabos, which really isn’t that far from California. It sat there for years, rusting away, until Fede’s friend found it and a coupe. He planned on building the Fastback into an Elanor clone, until he got the Marti report and realized what exactly he had. The car is now on its way back to the States to be fully restored, but it’s going to make a quick stop at a Ford dealership in Mexico to be displayed before it heads back across the border!
This really is one of those incredible stories, that if proves to be true will go down in automotive history. There is of course a good chance that it’s all made up and the car isn’t really the Bullitt stunt car, but it’s too early to know for sure. I’m sure we will be hearing more about this one in the near future! For the mean time, what do you think? Is this legit or a fake?