Lost Ford Mustang driven by Steve McQueen in ‘Bullitt’ reportedly has been found after nearly 50 years
One of the iconic cars in Hollywood history, the 1968 Mustang GT reportedly has been found after nearly half a century.
The legendary car was driven by Steve McQueen in “Bullitt.” But, unfortunately, the dark green Mustang GT Fastback disappeared shortly after finishing the movie, and it hasn’t been seen in nearly 50 years. McQueen has tried to find the vehicle and purchase it for his own private collection, but it was never recovered.
Now all of a sudden, the car restorer Ralph Garcia Jr. claim he found the car. Ralph Garcia Jr, who is well known for building replicas of the “Eleanor” Mustang featured in the movie “Gone in 60 Seconds,” said the car was discovered at a scrapyard in Baja California. His associate, Hugo Sanchez found a 1968 Mustang fastback that he thought would be a good candidate for the movie. Sanchez, delivered the car to a shop Garcia owns in Mexicali, Mexico and all was ready for restoration. But, when Sanchez researched the vehicle identification number (VIN), he discovered that he might have something special on his hands.
“I was going to turn it into another ‘Eleanor’ car, but my partner Googled the VIN,” Garcia said. “That’s how he found out it was the ‘Bullitt’ car. He said, ‘You can’t touch it!’ ”
Ralph Garcia Jr, then contacted the world’s top experts on classic Fords, Kevin Marti. After checking VIN stamps and specific aspects of the car, Marti confirmed that has the same VIN (8R02S125558) as the one used throughout filming of the Steve McQueen classic and gave the car his official seal of approval.
Unfortunately, according to Marti, the value of the iconic car has already been reduced with the restoration and it would have been worth more to true car collectors in its raw, unrestored state.