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‘Bullitt’: How Much is the Iconic Ford Mustang Worth Now?

‘Bullitt’: How Much is the Iconic Ford Mustang Worth Now?

Steve McQueen’s iconic Mustang in Bullitt set a high standard for automotive coolness, making the film car quite worth a pretty penny. The green Ford Mustang GT 390 Fastback was not just cool; in Bullitt, the heart-pounding car chase scenes truly showcased its muscle. In a thrilling 10-minute car chase in San Francisco, McQueen as Lt. Frank Bullitt pursued hitmen in a black Dodge Charger R/T while driving the Mustang.

McQueen took the wheel for certain iconic car stunts in the film. Meanwhile, legendary Hollywood stunt driver Bud Ekins handled the more challenging scenes.

One of the most iconic muscle car films ever made, Bullitt, raked in over $42 million at the box office, according to Hot Cars. It also proudly holds an Oscar for Best Sound Mixing in its accolades. However, once the Bullitt Mustang endured it all, what became of it, and how much is it worth today?

Two Mustang GT 390s were modified for the filming of Bullitt. These modifications featured a stylish dark Highland Green paint job, no exterior badges, scoops, or spoilers, and a black-mesh grille devoid of Ford’s iconic pony badge. Of the two, only one still exists today.

After the filming, the Mustang was acquired by a Warner Brothers employee. It was later bought by a New Jersey police detective. In 1974, the detective sold it to Robert Kiernan of Madison, New Jersey, for $6,000. Kiernan treasured the car until his passing in 2014.

The ‘Bullitt’ Mustang was Never Fully Restored, Adding to Its Worth

Kiernan reportedly declined multiple offers for the car, including one from McQueen himself. He chose to pass it down to his son, Sean. Sean mentioned his mother drove the car until the clutch failed in 1980. The car sat unused for nearly 40 years, with only 65,000 miles on the odometer.

Sean Kiernan later restored the iconic car for display at shows and museums. The decision was to maintain its original appearance, showcasing a rugged look with signs of wear like rust on its “highland green” paint and worn black upholstery.

Nevertheless, Sean Kiernan didn’t cherish the vehicle as fervently as his father had. In 2020, the 1968 Ford Mustang GT featured in Steve McQueen’s Bullitt was auctioned successfully by Mecum Auctions. It commanded an impressive $3.4 million price tag. Normally, a Mustang like the one featured in Bullitt is worth around $70,000.