UPDATE: This car was one of our original features here at CarBuildIndex.com. It just sold at the Bonhams auction in Arizona today (January 16th, 2014) for $88,000, as seen HERE.
This 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback is a “Bullitt” tribute car built by a collaboration between Gateway Classic Mustangs and Year One, as seen on MustangMonthly.com. The Highland Green car was made in 2008 for Steve McQueen’s son, Chad, with the intention of recreating the same character of his father’s original movie car while at the same time utilizing improved modifications that have been developed since the movie’s debut.
The classic movie’s title immediately conjures up memories of it’s epic car chase scene, which many would argue remains the best in cinematic history. We won’t bore you by repeating an historical set up of the original Bullitt story line, because we realize that most of you here already know it. Instead, let’s just dive right into the build.
To start, Dynacorn provided a complete 1967 reproduction fastback body, which the crew at GCM welded in ’68 sheet metal indentations for installation of early ’68 rear quarter panel reflectors to accurately replicate the movie car. As most parts to build a classic Mustang are available new and/or reproduced via mail order these days, only a few original vintage parts were used. Those items included the glove box, cowl to dash brace and tachometer instrument cluster. All other body and interior parts were supplied by Year One and Dynacorn.
The suspension and brakes came together with installation of RRS Phase II coil overs struts and Stainless Steel Brakes Corporation dual piston calipers in the front, along with RRS rack and pinion power steering.
An RRS bolt-in three-link rear suspension was installed for it’s improved traction and better handling via adjustable ride height, tubular arms, and urethane bushing, which securely locates the 9-inch rear axle with a Watt’s link and an extra-long torque arm. The addition of rear disc brakes complete the back end’s build.
A 450 horsepower Ford Racing Boss 347 crate engine with Holley four-barrel carburetor and JBA headers and exhaust were installed next to replicate the look and sound of his father’s ride, along with a 1968-style shift handle for rowing through the gears of a late model 5 speed manual transmission.
In keeping with the accurate theme of the rest of the build, the black interior was upgraded to a Deluxe trim package, but with wood grain trim, molded door panels and bucket seats. Hidden behind the panels are Boston Acoustic speakers, subwoofers, and an amp.
We are glad to see that five-spoke American Racing Torque Thrusts were chosen in the same design and finish as the original movie car wore, even though they are 16 inches rather than 15 inches. Anything larger on a vintage car looks like too much of an anachronism. Plus, finding good performance tires in the right sizes is most likely easier with the bigger rims. In any case, we are just glad to see the car didn’t end up with some huge resto-mod or donk wheels, since the car was heading to the SEMA Show for it’s debut.
It is fair to say that automotive enthusiasts from all differing car cultures and backgrounds, to those who have only the faintest interest in anything on 4 wheels other than using them as a means to get from point A to B, recognize the name of this iconic film. Because of the cult status of this movie car and the quality of this tribute build, this is one of the rare exceptions that we make to include a replica car on our site. We would feel amiss if we did not post it here for all to enjoy, had you not made it’s acquaintance already.
Find it’s full Spec Sheet below:
Body: Dynacorn reproduction ’67 Mustang fastback body shell
Paint: Highland Green by DuPont Hot Hues; Mothers wax
Bullitt cues: Torque Thrust wheels, blackout taillight panels and bezels, no backup lights, grille and body emblems removed, body color rocker moldings, black sidemirror, antenna mounted on rearquarter-panel, straight exhaust tips
Engine & Drivetrain
Engine: Ford Racing Boss 347 4 Bolt Crate Engine with Aluminum “Z” Cylinder Heads and a Victor Jr. Aluminum Intake
Carb: Holley 4 Barrel 770 Street Avenger
Clutch: Ace Manufacturing
Transmission: T-45 five-speed with complete Keisler conversion kit
Rearend: 9-inch with 3.50:1 gears
Front: RRS Strut Kit Phase II
Rear: RRS three-link
Steering: RRS power rack-and-pinion
Steering column: ididit
Brakes, front: RRS disc, from Stainless Steel Brakes Corporation
Brakes, rear: RRS disc
Wheels: American Racing Torque Thrust-16×7 front, 16×8 rear
Tires: BFGoodrich G-Force Sport
Interior: ’68 Mustang Deluxe, black
Sound deadener: Dynamat
Wiring: American Autowire
Seats: TMI Sport
Gauges: Factory tachometer instrument cluster
A/C: Classic Auto Air
Sound system: Boston Acoustics