A major highlight in my Bullitt enthusiast lifestyle was to witness the sale of one of the actual Mustangs used in the filming of the movie. This car was driven by Steve McQueen for much of the chase scene. After being sold to private owners, it landed with Robert Kiernan of NJ, used as a family car between 1974 and 1980. Robbie, Bob's wife, had quite one of the possibly coolest teacher's car as she used it for daily transportation to the school where she taught. The car was retired from daily driver duty in 1980 after some mechanical problems sidelined it. The general public didn't know much about the car's location or disposition until 2018, the 50th anniversary year of the release of "Bullitt."
Sean, Bob's son, honored his father's legacy by getting the car in working order for the introduction of the 2019 Mustang Bullitt in January, 2018. The first public reveal led to an 18-month journey to car shows and events all over the US and even to England. This car has a mythical status now, and Sean decided to sell it in the best interest of his family and open a new chapter in this car's history.
The Mustang sold for $3,400,000 US at the Mecum Auction held in Kissimmee, FL, USA, on Friday, January 10, 2020. During its time in the public eye, many Mustang Bullitt owners traveled to see the car that was the direct inspiration for their 2001, 2008, 2009, 2019, and now 2020 Ford special edition cars. They gathered at the auction to witness the sale of this movie car, only the third time it changed owners in its over 51 year history. It's safe to say that seeing the dream car being sold in such a public manner is a lot like seeing a family member move away from home. This dream car led to the 3 generations of special edition cars that have been enjoyed by their owners for the past 19 years. Sean Kiernan and his family have shared this historic vehicle with many during the car's travels. However, those of us who own a Mustang Bullitt feel a close kindredship with the Kiernan family. Money aside, the real value in this event was to connect with each other in person and virtually to celebrate the continued legacy of Bullitt.
For this, I am grateful to have experienced yet another story that adds to Mustang Bullitt - Generations.
about the Author
I am Tony Alonso, a long-time Ford Mustang enthusiast who owns a 2001, 2009, and 2019 Bullitt Mustang. Desperately seeking a 1968 Mustang fastback in Highland Green with no ornamentation and a fantastic exhaust sound...