Now it's heading to auction.
The Ford Mustang is an American icon and is one of the most recognizable cars on roads today. The Mustang did not become this famous on its own, however. It was helped along by its success in motorsport and, of course, by starring on the silver screen.
Fifty years ago, a very special Highland Green Ford Mustang featured in the cult classic Steve McQueen movie Bullitt cemented the Mustang as an American muscle car hero. Since then, Ford has manufactured a special Mustang Bullitt to pay tribute to the movie and that original car. Other cars owned by McQueen himself have also shot to stardom. Except for this particular one.
This 1969 Ford Mustang fastback will go on sale at a Mecum Auction in Las Vegas next month. Its biggest drawcard was the fact that Steve McQueen himself owned it. But in a shocking turn of events, this has been proven untrue.
According to the actor's family, this '69 Mustang Fastback was never owned by Mr. McQueen. That, unfortunately, slashes its potential earning figures, but you're still left with a car that's in great condition. This 1968 model is powered by a classic small-block V8 engine which sends its power to the rear wheels via a three-speed automatic transmission. It also features a sport suspension setup and a new ignition system.
The interior features black leatherette seats, a chrome-painted air-filter housing, and a copy of the original title. There's a total of just 49,000 miles on the odometer and the ad admits the interior has seen better days, but it is ripe for a transformation.
From what we can tell, there's a serious amount of work left to do to get this car in tip-top condition. Chances are if it were a McQueen-owned car it would not have been left in this condition. Anyone interested needs to know it'll be up for auction with no reserve at Mecum's Las Vegas event beginning on October 7.