This will be the first time the famous movie car has ever been seen outside of America.
Movie cars don’t get more famous than the Bullitt Mustang. Earlier this year, the original car Steve McQueen drove in the film, a 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390, made its surprise public debut at the Detroit Auto Show after being rediscovered for the first time in over 40 years. Next month, the original Bullitt Mustang will make its first ever appearance outside of America at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where it will take on the famous 1.16-mile Goodwood Hillclimb course.
It will be joined by the new special edition 2018 Ford Mustang Bullitt celebrating the iconic film’s 50th anniversary. Two identical 1968 Mustang GT fastbacks were used during the filming of Bullitt. One was a stunt car, while the other was driven by McQueen himself. The stunt car was uncovered in Mexico last year, while the other hero car was presumed lost for several decades. Robert Kiernan originally bought the car for $6,000 in 1974 after seeing it advertised for sale in Road & Track magazine. Kiernan's wife Robbie used the car as her daily driver, and Steve McQueen even tracked it down and wrote to the couple begging them to sell it to them.
They refused, and drove the car for around 46,000 miles before storing it away in the 1980s. Nearly 40 years later, Kiernan’s son Sean rescued the Mustang still in its original condition and revealed his secret to Ford. Since then, the car was added to the Historic Cars Register and toured across the US, but this will be the first time it’s been seen outside of America. As well as the historic movie Mustang, a one-off 700-hp Ford Mustang in Eagle Squadron livery created to pay tribute to US Air pilots who served with the RAF in WWII will take on the hillclimb before returning to the US to be auctioned for charity.
The Ford GT supercar and M-Sport Ford Fiesta World Rally Championship will also be put through their paces at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, which runs between July 12 and 15.