Steve McQueen’s Bullitt Mustang is coming to the UK!
The long-lost 1968 Ford Mustang fastback GT immortalized by Steve McQueen in Bullitt will have its European debut during the Goodwood Festival of Speed, July 12-15 – and it's got company!
The legendary 1968 Ford Mustang GT immortalised by Steve McQueen in Warner Bros. Pictures’ classic Bullitt, thought lost in the ether of time until earlier this year, will make its first appearance outside of the U.S.A at this years Goodwood Festival of Speed, July 12-15.
Setting the standard for every director helming their vision of on-screen automotive carnage that followed, the Bullitt Mustang is set to tackle the 1.16-mile Goodwood Hillclimb course but faces competition from its own successor. Ford's all-new Mustang Bullitt special edition will feature alongside the original, its release was timed to coincide with celebrating half a century since the iconic Bullitt theme music first played.
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One of two identical 1968 Ford Mustang GT fastbacks employed for filming McQueen’s magnum opus, the worshipped stallion resurfaced after 30 years an urban legend. Rumours were rife that the car no longer existed, had been scrapped or was held behind furious security, attack dogs and armed gunmen.
However, in reality, the automotive star rested in a dusty barn belonging to current owner Sean Kiernan’s father. Inheriting the Mustang after his father’s death, Sean contacted Ford who were – to put it mildly – ecstatic. The two parties worked together for the ultimate reveal during 2018’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Kiernan will be accompanying the vehicle during its European debut at Goodwood.
A further significant Mustang will also be on site during the three-day event, and it’s a complete one-off. This Ford Mustang wears bespoke Eagle Squadron livery, co-created by Ford Performance and Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s RTR Vehicles to pay tribute at Goodwood to American fighter pilots who served in the Royal Air Force during World War II.
World champion drifter Gittin Jr will pilot the 700-bhp Eagle Squadron Mustang GT on the Hillclimb course before the unique Mustang is returned home to US soil, where it will be auctioned for charity.
Not enough Ford action for you? Visitors will also be gifted the chance to witness Ford’s all-new, high-performance GT burn up the hilclimb course with Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Team World Endurance Championship drivers Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell behind the wheel; fresh from competing at the Le Mans 24 Hours race.
If you like your blue ovals to wear a hatchback body style, M-Sport Ford World Rally Team's championship-winning Ford Fiesta WRC will be showcased by Sebastien Ogier – five-time winner of the World Rally Drivers' Championship, and Elfyn Evans – British Rally Championship title winner in 2016.
New models from Ford’s expanding stable will also be displayed – including the new EcoSport, Kuga and Edge models. But with McQueen’s Mustang also vying for your attention, we can imagine which exhibits you’ll be looking at…
The Goodwood Festival of Speed runs from Thursday, July 12 to Sunday, July 15 at Goodwood House, West Sussex, England. Get more information at the official Goodwood website.
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