The buzz had been building all week long as word of the original Bullitt Mustang going on the auction block circulated around the Interwebs. The 1968, 390-powered movie star that Steve McQueen drove in arguably one of the greatest car chases in cinema, replete with all of its original patina and painted in the now infamous Highland Green hit the Mecum Auto Auction block on Friday afternoon in Kissimmee, Florida.
The GT Mustang was stripped of many of its trim pieces before it made its appearance in the movie, and since becoming famous, inspired Ford Motor Company to build special Bullitt edition Mustangs in 2001, 2008, and 2019.
After the movie completed filming, the two Mustangs were sent to the mature by the Warner Bros. One car, used for the jump scenes, went to the scrap yard where it was eventually rescued and brought back into the spotlight in 2017. The hero car was sold and the current owner, Sean Kiernan, eventually inherited it from his father Robert. Kiernan contacted Ford and the two worked together to bring the hero car back out for the 2019 Bullitt Mustang debut during the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
When the hero Bullitt hit the block, bidding began at $3,500, but quickly went to $500,000, and then continued in $500,000 increments till it reached $2.5 million. From there, it crept up by $100,000 until the final sale price of $3.4 million, which eclipsed the $2.2 million that a 1967 Shelby GT500 sold for last year, making it the most valuable Mustang ever.