It’s 50 years since supercool Steve McQueen was first seen racing through San Francisco in his supercharged Ford Mustang GT. To celebrate the anniversary of the Warner Bros. film a new Ford Mustang Bullitt is set to hit the road.
It is available to order now starting at £47,145, and it will be ready for delivery in September.
Ford Mustang Bullitt upgraded with 5.0 litre V8
The special edition will be fitted with uprated 5.0-litre V8 engine and features many design and specification additions paying homage to the film.
That includes unique metallic paint option, Dark Highland Green – the same shade as in Bullitt’s Mustang, alongside Bullitt design signatures in the exterior front grille, splitter and rear badge.
And unique 19” black finish five-spoke alloy wheels with Brembo™ six-piston front brake calipers, painted red front and rear.
Inside there are Recaro leather seats with green detailing feature, alongside custom instrument panel badge with unique chassis number.
Ford Mustang Bullitt delivers 1,000 watts audio power
A new B&O PLAY audio system delivers 1,000 watts through 12 speakers, while further reflections of the original Mustang Bullitt can be seen in the interior green stitching and a unique white cue ball gear knob.
The Ford Mustang Bullitt made its UK bow at the American Speedfest show at Brands Hatch over the weekend.
The film featured McQueen as detective Bullitt alongside Robert Vaughn, and Jacqueline Bisset, but for most the star of the film was the Ford Mustang Bullitt drove.
Especially when it was being chased by a hitman driving a 1968 Dodge Charger, before McQueen turns the table to stalk his stalker.
Russian roulette on Russian Hill with the Ford Mustang Bullitt
Most of the chase scenes are filmed in the precipitous streets of Russian Hill, with screeching wheels, burnt rubber, blind corners and jumps, until the Dodge is forced off the road and crashes into a gas station and explode into flames.
The chase scenes are regarded as one of the greatest car chases of motion picture history and in 2007, Bullitt was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.
A box office and critical success, Bullitt won the Academy Award for Best Film Editing (Frank P. Keller) and was nominated for Best Sound.
There’s no doubt Bullitt is a classic film and if you get to own one of the car’s named in its honour, the Ford Mustang Bullitt, you will be in need of a high performance policy to provide peace of mind and keep it protected.