The Ford Mustang is not just a car. It’s a cultural icon. A major contributor to the Mustang’s enduring resonance was Steve McQueen driving a Highland Green version in the movie “Bullitt.” Specifically, Steve McQueen driving that Mustang through the streets of San Francisco in one of the all-time great car chase scenes. The automobile auction house Mecum announced plans to auction that original Mustang early this year.
A New Jersey insurance executive named Robert Kiernan bought that Mustang in 1974 and held onto it until his death. He even refused to let Steve McQueen himself buy it from him. The Kiernan family kept the car running but left it in its original state otherwise. Ford used it last year to promote the Bullitt edition of the new Mustang GT. Kiernan’s son Sean is now putting the famed car up for auction.
The most expensive Mustang ever auctioned is a 1967 GT500 Super Snake that Mecum sold for $2.2 million in January. Expect the original Bullitt Mustang to gavel for well beyond that figure. The better benchmark may be whether it surpasses the $6.38 million paid for another iconic film car, the James Bond Aston Martin DB5.
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