The long-lost Bullitt Mustang has been found*
*Well, according to a ‘respected Ford authenticator’, anyway.
The story goes that the first of two Bullitt Mustangs was snapped up by an American collector, but the second was scrapped shortly after filming wrapped on the 1968 classic, and wound up languishing in a junkyard in the Mexican peninsula of Baja California.
That is, until a very different movie franchise came to its rescue. Yes, it was the continuing demand for Eleanor replicas from the Nic Cage version of Gone in 60 Seconds that unearthed the ’68 fastback. It was duly shipped to the city of Paramount in California to undergo its transformation, when a quick check of its VIN purportedly revealed its true provenance. A subsequent check has apparently confirmed its identity as the ‘jump’ car – the one that was specially modified to soak up those punishing jumps performed on San Franciscan streets.
Now for a little honesty from all you TopGearians out there – have you actually watched Bullitt? And would you want to buy one of the original cars once its restoration is completed?