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.
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...