According to the “Los Angeles Times” the star of one of the most famous chase scenes ever put on film, the Highland Green 1968 Mustang Fastback from the movie “Bullitt,” has been found… in Baja California, Mexico. It seems the Ford’s been living ‘La Vida Loca’ south of the border, enjoying carne asada and margaritas for the last 49 years.
In the movie Steve McQueen dueled with another muscle car icon, a Dodge Charger, in a hilly section of San Francisco. But the car you see here, one of two fastback Mustangs used in the movie, disappeared shortly after the crew wrapped up filming for the 1968 cop versus bad guy, international intrigue shoot ’em up movie.
McQueen tried to hunt it down himself to no avail but Mustang restorer Ralph Garcia Jr., known for constructing replicas of the “Eleanor” Mustang seen in the Nicolas Cage movie “Gone in 60 Seconds,” and an associate have corralled the unicorn, found the holy grail, and made history in discovering the iconic Ford in a scrapyard in Mexico.
The car has since been verified genuine by Kevin Marti, whose Marti Reports are the standard bearer of authenticity in the collector car world. The car is estimated to be worth in the seven figure range but Marti indicated that restoration work done prior to his evaluation may have hurt the ponycar’s value. It’s discoveries like this that keep our barn find dreams alive.
Have fun in your garage!