Have you put the 2020 Mecum Auction that’s coming to Kissimmee January 2-12 on your calendar yet? Well you’re going to want to. One of the most iconic cars of all time will be there looking for a new owner. The 1968 Ford Mustang GT from the classic film Bullitt, driven by Steve McQueen is headed to auction at Kissimmee’s Osceola Heritage Park.
Mecum, the world’s largest auto auction, revealed the exciting news that the Bullitt Mustang will join the list of “the most valuable American-made collector cars ever sold at auction.” The Bullitt Mustang is famous for its role in the iconic “greatest Hollywood car chase of all time” scene that helped define Hollywood car chases for decades to come. Fast and Furious has nothing on the Bullitt Mustang and its racing opponent, Dodge Charger. Only time will tell just how much the Bullitt Mustang is worth or will be sold for, but it’s likely worth millions.
After more than 40 years spent so well hidden that most believed it had been destroyed, the hero car from the Warner Bros. movie “Bullitt” reemerged in January 2018 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and it’s now slated to cross the Mecum auction block at the world’s largest collector car auction this coming January in Kissimmee, Florida.
One of just two Mustangs used to fill the role in the 1968 action/thriller “Bullitt,” named after main character Lt. Frank Bullitt played by McQueen, this car was the film’s “hero” car and was driven by McQueen in countless scenes throughout the movie, including in the infinitely famous car chase scene, which went on to become the most influential car chase scene in all of film history. After the filming of “Bullitt” concluded, this car was sold to a private buyer and was thought lost to history until its unveiling for the 50th anniversary of “Bullitt” just last year. The car—considered by many to be the world’s single most recognizable and celebrated vintage Mustang—remains in original condition and retains many distinguishable and unique elements from the movie.
The announcement of the car’s upcoming offering at the Jan. 2-12 Kissimmee 2020 auction was made at Mecum Monterey 2019 with auto and entertainment reporters, photographers, social media influencers and others looking on as the Bullitt Mustang was presented under tight security in a one-car “glass house.” Longtime owner, Sean Kiernan, was present alongside Mecum Auctions President and Founder Dana Mecum for the reveal and announcement of the car’s impending sale, and it proved to be an emotional unveiling for the second-generation caretaker who originally inherited the car from his father.
Last seen at LeMay—America’s Car Museum in July, the 1968 Bullitt Mustang will be exhibited at various automotive events around the country leading up to the Mecum Kissimmee 2020 auction in January.
For more details on upcoming auctions, to consign a vehicle or to register as a bidder, visit Mecum.com, or call (262) 275-5050 for more information.