The 1968 movie BULLITT starred Steve McQueen as Lt. Frank Bullitt, a San Francisco police detective and his 1968 highland green Ford Mustang GT. The plot is a typical 60’s era cop drama, but the highlight of the film is the 10 minute and 53 second car chase through the streets of San Francisco and the Guadalupe Canyon Parkway. McQueen drove the highland green 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390 4 speed and the bad guy car was a 1968 Dodge Charger. McQueen did a lot of his own driving for the close ups and stunt drivers were used for the more dangerous scenes. The Chase Scene is the most popular in cinema history. It set the standard for every other chase scene ever captured on film. In doing this it made the 1968 highland green Ford Mustang fastback one of the most iconic cars in movie history.
At the time of the film's release, the car chase scene generated a lot of excitement. Leonard Maltin has called it a "now-classic car chase, one of the screen's all-time best." Emanuel Levy wrote in 2003 that, "Bullitt contains one of the most exciting car chases in film history, a sequence that revolutionized Hollywood's standards." In his obituary for Peter Yates, Bruce Weber wrote, "Mr. Yates’ reputation probably rests most securely on Bullitt (1968), his first American film – and indeed, on one particular scene, an extended car chase that instantly became a classic." The editing of this scene likely won editor Frank P. Keller the Academy Award for Best Editing.
This 1968 Ford Mustang GT fastback is one of the closest replicas as you will find to the actual movie car. It is an original highland green 1968 Ford Mustang GT Jcode, meaning it had a 302 cubic inch motor. Careful detail went into building this car. It was stripped down to bare metal……every nut and bolt. It was then rebuilt from the ground up. This car has a modified, high output 302 motor, a 4 speed toploader transmission, Torque Thrust wheels, leather wrapped Shelby steering wheel, and the antenna was relocated the rear passenger side near the trunk. All badging, to include all grill and trunk emblems were removed. Also the rear panel and gas cap have been blacked out. All of this was done to replicate the movie car as close as possible. This car even wears reproduction California tags with the same tag number from the movie car (JJZ 109). McQueen wanted the car to be a “sleeper” and look like something that a detective of that time period could afford. This 1968 Mustang is owned by an Oklahoma City Police Detective and it resides in central Oklahoma. This car is part of the Mustang Club of America (MCA), The Oklahoma Mustang Club (OMC), and the International Mustang Bullitt Owners Club (IMBOC).