Ford Mustang Bullitt to make Australian debut at Autoclassica

The Ford Mustang Bullitt celebrates 50 years of the cult-classic film starring Steve McQueen and his Highland Green Mustang. This special edition will make its first Australian appearance next month.

The Ford Mustang is a staple of the automotive world – arguably the most recognisable muscle car of them all. The pony car's iconic status has made it the perfect on-screen companion for many a movie star, but one of its greatest sequences has to be the chase scene in Bullitt.

The cult-classic movie celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and, to mark the occasion, Ford has produced a very special car. The Ford Mustang Bullitt is to make its Australian debut at the 2018 Motorclassica.

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The Peter Yate’s directed car chase through San Fransisco had audiences is awe when it hit the big screen in 1968. It had all of the right ingredients; a handsome Highland Green Mustang Fastback, a villainous Dodge Charger, and the ever-cool Steve McQueen.

The new Ford Mustang Bullitt was originally revealed at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, but will head to Australia for the first time to attend the 2018 Motorclassica. Australia’s premier show for classic, vintage, and exotic cars, it promises to be quite the event, with the Australian International Concours d’Elegance being the jewel in its crown.

This special Mustang features all of the obligatory Bullitt logos you’d expect, but has been deprived of the usual Ford pony badging for a cleaner look that mimics the movie car. Subtle chrome accents contrast the instantly recognisable Highland Green paint, although you can also order it in black if you live in the US.

The 5.0-litre V8 that lives under the bonnet has been tweaked to deliver 475bhp and 420lb ft of torque. Sadly, right-hand drive models are 17bhp less powerful than their US counterparts due to engineering restrictions. Either way, a top speed of 168mph isn’t to be sniffed at.

Motorclassica’s Paul Mathers said: “Mustang enthusiasts and Motorclassica have enjoyed a close relationship over the past nine years, which is why we are so incredibly proud to be chosen by Ford to host the Australian launch of the new Mustang Bullitt.”

The Ford Mustang is currently Australia’s best sell sports car. Autoclassica 2018 takes place on 12th - 14th October at Australia’s Royal Exhibition Building. You can find out more information about the event here.

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