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Someone Tore Through San Francisco To Recreate Bullitt Chase Scene

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The guys at Gas Monkey Garage have recreated one of Hollywood's most famous car chase scenes.

The classic car chase scene in the 1968 film Bullitt really needs no introduction. Watching Steve McQueen in a classic Ford Mustang chase after a Dodge Charger through the streets of San Francisco never gets old. Last year marked the film's 50th anniversary, and to celebrate Ford launched a new special edition Bullitt version of the current Mustang. The original Mustang driven by Steve McQueen in the film was also rediscovered after being missing for decades. And now the guys at Gas Monkey Garage have paid their own tribute to the iconic chase scene.

Not only did they build an authentic replica of the original Mustang, but they also decided to film their own remake of the chase with the help of Richard Rawlings and Steve McQueen's son, Chad McQueen, who makes a brief appearance at the end of the film.

As a Gas Monkey Garage explains in a blog post, two Mustangs were used in the original film, with one designed to take punishment during the many hill jumps in the chase, while the other was used for close-up shots of McQueen. For the remake, one car was used for the entire chase, which meant the team had to be careful not to damage it. A skid plate and reinforcement welding provided extra rigidity during the jumps.

Like the original car, Gas Monkey's Bullitt Mustang has a 390 Big Block engine, but it now sports 428 heads and a Holley Performance distributor. While the factory version developed 325 hp, the modified Mustang has nearly double that and produces 600 horsepower. The factory 4 speed top loader transmission and disc brakes were kept, however, but a radiator was added to provide extra cooling. A custom MagnaFlow exhaust was also added to enhance the car's soundtrack.

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Gas Monkey's Bullitt chase remake was shot in just three days in the same location as the 1968 film. Many scenes have been accurately recreated shot-for-shot, and there's even a slow-moving Volkswagen Beetle traffic car that inexplicably appears in multiple shots just like in the original film. We're not sure why they pitted the Mustang against a Dodge Challenger instead of a Charger, though.

The finished scene was shown during the season premiere of Fast N' Loud, but you can watch it in the video above. Is it better than the original Bullitt car chase? Of course not, but it's still a lovingly made tribute that Steve McQueen would be proud of.