Even though the 1968 movie ‘Bullitt’ wasn’t a huge hit in terms of overall plot and acting, it still managed to become a legendary film when it came to cars. The nine-minute chase between the Highland Green 1968 Ford Mustang and the black Dodge Charger R/T is regarded as one of the finest car chases ever put on film. It became a blueprint for so many directors after.
So the movie itself may not necessarily be relevant for modern car fans. But the chase scene is everlasting and well-known throughout the muscle car community as realistic, exciting, and memorable. However, the true story of the original car used in the film is even more exciting. We found the most surprising facts about the original Bullitt Mustang. Find out if you know everything about the legend surrounding this classic Mustang right here.
There Were Actually Two Bullitt Mustangs
Warner Brothers purchased two identical Highland Green 1968 Mustang GT Fastbacks for production purposes. Both models had 390 V8 engines and four-speed manual transmissions. The first car was for jumps and action scenes and finished shooting in terrible condition. The second one was the hero car. That meant it was used for close-ups, promotional purposes, and driving scenes. After the movie wrapped, both cars were sold. One was apparently sold for scrap. The other was sold to an employee of the studio who used it as his daily driver (via Ford Authority).
Recently, there was news of the first Bullitt Mustang resurfacing in Mexico. Most Mustang fans are reserved since the authenticity has yet to be confirmed. Records show that the first movie car was destroyed. This could be the case of VIN swapping, but information is scarce.