Steve McQueen’s 1968 Ford Mustang GT drove within the traditional automotive chase from the film Bullitt, one of the famed automobiles from American cinema, offered for $3.4 million at public sale in Florida on Friday, Mecum Auctions mentioned.
It was the best value ever paid for a Ford Mustang at public sale, in accordance with David Morton, advertising supervisor for the public sale home in Kissimmee, close to Orlando. The customer has not been publicly recognized.
“The hammer dropped at $3.4 million, however with consumers’ charges, the entire price is $3.74 million,” he stated, including it shattered the public sale home’s earlier document set final yr of $2.2 million.
The unrestored muscle automotive, its “highland green” paint trying rusty and black upholstery splitting aside, starred in a 10-minute sequence within the 1968 movie, getting airborne a couple of instances because it sped via the hilly streets of San Francisco.
The automobile was auctioned without a reserve, or minimal sale value, a dangerous resolution that might have pressured the house owners to promote low.
McQueen filmed with the window rolled down so viewers may see he was behind the wheel. Though credited as the driving force, McQueen really shared the wheel with Hollywood stunt driver Bud Ekins, based on the film database IMDB.
Many film buffs view the chase as floor-breaking for its length and white-knuckle drama. The sequence forgoes a rating in favor of roaring engines and screeching tires. McQueen, taking part in the no-nonsense police Lieutenant Frank Bullitt, was chasing dangerous guys who drove a black 1968 Dodge Charger.
After filming, the Mustang was offered to a Warner Brothers worker, and later to a New Jersey police detective. He in flip offered it for $6,000 in 1974 to Robert Kiernan of Madison, New Jersey, who held onto the automobile till he died in 2014.
Kiernan rejected a number of affords for the automotive, together with one from McQueen himself, based on the New York Times. He left it to his son, Sean. McQueen died in 1980 at age 50. Robert Kiernan by no means responded to McQueen’s letter, which Sean Kiernan nonetheless has, the Times mentioned.
Sean Kiernan instructed Mecum is a promotional video that his mother drove the automobile until the clutch failed in 1980. It went practically 40 years without being pushed till not too long ago, with 65,000 miles on the odometer, Kiernan mentioned.