Car enthusiasts and collectors love numbers! Every production Bullitt Mustang in every generation has a unique sequential number which is assigned when the vehicle was in the final assembly process. Ford's production scheduling processes don't necessarily guarantee that the last digits of the car's VIN match the serial number, so it's a treasure hunt to see what serial number and VIN combination an owner has. The numbers for the 2001 model year cars started at '0001' and ended with '5582' - EXCEPT - for 4 special Bullitt Mustangs. These 4 vehicles were designated to go to Steve McQueen's family, only fitting since his movie character's 1968 fastback was the inspiration for the 2001 feature car. They were given even more unique numbers in the form of 'McQueen 01,' McQueen 02', 'McQueen 03,', and 'McQueen 04'.
One of those 4 cars currently sits in an owner's garage. He is not related to the McQueen family. The owner is a careful caretaker of the vehicle, since it has around 1800 miles on it. I recently got to see McQueen 04 in person. It's a sensational piece of Bullitt Mustang history that has not been modified from the factory configuration. It's a bit of a surreal experience to be near McQueen 04, so I took in every moment as if I had ascended the mountain to a higher state of enlightenment!
All Bullitt Mustangs are special, and some are even more special because of their stories and connections to the "Bullitt" universe.
...but I am Mustang Bullitt crazy! Having returned from the 2019 Bullitt Nationals held in Carlisle, PA, USA, in conjunction with the Ford Nationals at Carlisle, I can safely say I am in good company. Seventy vehicles of all 3 generations of feature cars, plus several 1968 Mustang fastback movie tributes, were parked on the show field on Saturday, June 1. At the evening cookout, I told many of the participants that a book on all 3 generations was coming in a year's time. I've got a lot of work to do, but I've got a lot of passion for the subject matter. Over the coming months, I'll be sharing the journey to get what I hope will be a reasonable accounting of the many stories and photos that demonstrate that passion.
For now, even though I am not a writer by trade, I can guarantee you that I will give a high effort, and I look forward to you, dear reader, participating with your stories and photos! In the near future, I will welcome your contributions for possible inclusion in parts of the book that cover the enthusiast reaction to each generation of Bullitt Mustang. Those of you who own 1968 tribute cars to the original "Bullitt" movie vehicle are invited to share also. Regardless of your home country, and whether or not you might be a writer, you've got a passion that some understand and some don't. I want this book to reflect the history of the evolution of the 2001, 2008/09, and 2019/20 vehicles and the response that each evokes in us.
Thank you for your interest and let's get writing!
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...