An original 1967 ‘A-Code’ Ford Mustang built to the exact ‘Bullitt’ specification has emerged from the stable of rock legend Jay Kay and is heading to auction next month
There are plenty of Bullitt-replica Ford Mustang Fastbacks out there, but few boast the provenance of being undertaken professionally. Even fewer still can lay claim to a celebrity owner – yet, that’s exactly what Silverstone Auctions are offering during the upcoming NEC Classic Motor Show sale on November 10-11.
This specific left-hand drive Mustang is an original A-code, featuring four-speed manual transmission and a thumping great V8 engine. Custom built to match Steve McQueen’s legendary automotive partner – Frank Bullitt’s Highland Green Metallic Ford Mustang Fastback – the film replica was once owned by Jamiroquai frontman and passionate classic enthusiast, Jay Kay. Pre-sale estimates range from £58k - £68k.
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The Mustang was originally built by Ford in their Metuchen, New Jersey factory in 1967 before a full-on, bare-metal restoration commenced during 2008. The work entailed the removal and replacement of any damaged or rusty body panels, applying new chrome and bright work, a new deluxe interior, new carpets, seat covers and a rare overhead console with integrated map lights.
The car’s original 289 V8 was discarded in favour of a 390 big block, to ensure you spend as much on rear tyres as possible. Rebored with new pistons and bearings with reciprocating parts fully balanced, the Mustang drives like new yet with added clout.
The rebuild included the fitting of full CNC-machined Edelbrock aluminium heads, new timing chains, new Stage-2 Crower camshaft and tappets, Edelbrock dual-plane aluminium manifold and an Edelbrock 750 CFM carburettor.
As if that wasn’t quite enough, an electronic billet distributor and ignition box were also fitted, alongside an 11-inch performance clutch assemble and overhauled 9-inch rear axle. To make sure you don’t hit a petrol station a-la Dodge Charger, brakes have been upgraded with a front and rear disc brake package by Wilwood.
Attention to detail was so fine that it caught the attention of Jamiroquai frontman Jay Kay, who had the car imported onto UK soil in December 2008. A passionate lover of all things automotive, Jay Kay spared no expense in keeping the Bullitt replica in top condition.
The car was sold previously by Silverstone Auctions back in 2012, as is proven by a large history file confirming an original certificate of title from the state of Pennsylvania and a fresh MoT.
With the original Mustang unlikely to appear for sale anytime soon, a replica is the only way to enjoy life as Steve McQueen. If doing so, why settle for anything less than this perfect ex-Jay Kay replica? The original film car is estimated to be worth around $2 million – making this one something of a steal. You can find out more about the Mustang here.