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Bul­litt Mustang comes to the UK

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The iconic 1968 Mustang GT driven by Steve McQueen in the clas­sic film Bul­litt — and lost to his­tory un­til the be­gin­ning of this year — made its first ap­pear­ance out­side of the US at last month’s Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Speed.

The car that starred in the film’s leg­endary 10-minute chase se­quence — set­ting the stan­dard for ev­ery movie car chase to fol­low — ran up the 1.16-mile Hill­climb course at Good­wood with owner, Sean Kier­nan at the wheel.

Two iden­ti­cal 1968 Mustang GT fast­backs were used in the film­ing of Bul­litt. Af­ter film­ing, the cars went their sep­a­rate ways: the hero ve­hi­cle driven by McQueen in the movie was sold by Warner Bros. to a pri­vate buyer, and the other — used in many of the jumps dur­ing the fa­mous chase scene — was sent to a sal­vage yard.That jumper ve­hi­cle resur­faced in Baja, Cal­i­for­nia, in early 2017, but the other was lost to his­tory… un­til ear­lier this year. Sean Kier­nan, owner of the hero ve­hi­cle, in­her­ited the car in 2014 from his late fa­ther, Robert, who had pur­chased the ve­hi­cle in 1974.

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