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Lot No. 414 - 1968 Ford Mustang 'Bullitt' Homage

Sold for: £73,125

Is there a cooler classic car? Understated, Highland Green, Fastback silhouette.
Details Specification
  • Genuine 1968 Fastback in Highland Green
  • Sourced and imported from Texas by specialists ‘Fontain Motors’ in 2015; subject to a ground-up restoration, c£60,000 spent; just 3,886 miles covered since
  • Respectful homage to Steve McQueen's 'Bullitt' Mustang
  • 302 Windsor 5.0-litre V8 with 300bhp, 5-speed manual, four-wheel disc brake conversion (Ford style), Street Performance handling kit, Borgeson power steering conversion, modern high output alternator, electric fan and MSD ignition
  • Timeless, understated McQueen-Mustang cool - it should be mandatory to drive this car only in a pair of Persol 714 sunglasses
  • One of the original movie cars sold for $3.4M in January 2020

You can now book a one-to-one appointment (up to one hour) to view this lot at our central location of Stoneleigh Park (CV8 2LG) Monday to Friday, from Thursday 29th October until Thursday 12th November (inclusive). Please contact Joe Watts on 07779 082707 / joe@silverstoneauctions.com to secure your appointment or to discuss the car in more detail. The health & safety of both our customers and team remain the utmost priority, we are therefore operating to strict COVID-19 guidelines and full instructions for arrival and inspection protocols will be given when making your appointment.

The original Mustang was exactly the right car at the right time and consequently this ‘sports car for the masses’ sold a million in less than two years. The secret of the Mustang's success was a broad appeal that extended beyond the target market thanks to a great value-for-money package combining sporty looks, decent economy, and brisk performance. Available as a Notchback Coupe, Convertible or, from 1965, as Fastback Coupe and the array of trim and engine options meant that there was a ‘Stang' to satisfy everyone. The fastback Coupe is an effortlessly cool shape and is the Mustang profile that people default to in their mind’s eye. Mustangs could be ordered in specifications ranging from six-cylinder economy to V8-powered luxury, whilst customers could choose from an extensive range of factory options with the result that seldom are two Mustangs identical.

Already an outstanding success, the Mustang was turned into a legend overnight following its appearance in the Steve McQueen film, 'Bullitt' in 1968. In one of the most spectacular car chases ever seen in a motion picture, McQueen's maverick cop, Frank Bullitt, wowed audiences as he was pursued by two hitmen driving a Dodge Charger 440 Magnumin a high-speed chase through the streets of San Francisco. The resulting scene promptly became an unforgettable part of cinematic history and confirmed the Mustang as one of the all-time classics.

The car presented here is a genuine 1968 Fastback sourced and imported from Texas by ‘The Mustang Specialist’ in 2015 (then part of Fontain Motors) of Iver, Buckinghamshire.

Spec’d and commissioned, with guidance from Alex Green of Fontain Motors, by a Chelsea art-dealer as his ‘ultimate’ Mustang, the car was the subject of a ground-up restoration, ensuring specialist parts and a ‘breathed-on’ engine were utilised, costing in total c£60,000. Utilising a 302 Windsor 5.0-litre V8 with 300bhp, a 5-speed manual gearbox, a four-wheel disc brake conversion (Ford style), a Street Performance handling kit, a Borgeson power steering conversion, a modern high output alternator, an electric fan and MSD ignition, this car is the ‘real deal’.

With only 3,886 miles covered since restoration, a recent service, and rectification of a small oil leak with a simple gasket replacement, this ‘Stang' is in rude health. Our vendor has owned and enjoyed this car for the last two years, having utilised the skills of US car specialist Wayne Allman of The Intergalactic Custom Shop to look after it. We welcome any inspection of this iconic piece of American automotive history.

 

Year of manufacture:
1968
Make:
Ford
Chassis number:
8T02C169487
# of cylinders:
8
Transmission:
Manual
Engine capacity:
4949
Body colour:
Highland Green
LHD/RHD:
Left-hand Drive
Registration number:
KCK 441F
Model:
Mustang 'Bullitt' Homage
Engine number:
TBC
Interior colour:
Black
Odometer Reading:
3886
miles

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