Bullitt Mustang on Historic Motoring car of year short list

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The original “hero” car, the 1968 Ford Mustang GT fastback driven by Steve McQueen in the movie, Bullitt, is on the short-list for Car of the Year honors from The Historic Motoring Awards 2018 to be presented October 25 in England.

The Bullitt Mustang had been owned and hidden away in secret by the same family since 1974 until it re-emerged in January as part of Ford’s festivities surrounding its 50th anniversary and the introduction of the 2019 Bullitt Mustang.

The car also was added to the National Historic Vehicle Register back in January.

Bullitt Mustang re-emerged early this year as part of its 50th anniversary

The other contenders for the Car of the Year honors are the Aston DB4 GT works continuation, the Jabbeke Triumph TR, the Porsche 911 RSR Turbo, the Lamborghini Marzal and the “Lost” Land Rover.

While most of the “of the year” awards, given by the classic and performance car industry experts in conjunction with Octane magazine and EFG Private Banking, are decided by a panel of industry experts, the Car of the Year selection includes a public vote. You can support your favorite among the six cars via a special website.

“The Historic Motoring Awards showcases the skill and passion of the people and businesses in our industry,” Octane editor-in-chief James Elliott said in announcing the finalists in the various categories. 

“The standard of entries was extremely high, and our esteemed judges have some challenging decisions to make. The awards ceremony has long been established as the pre-eminent celebration of a truly global industry. Congratulations to all those shortlisted and best of luck on the night.”

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The Jabbeke Triumph and Lamborghini Miura also are nominees for Restoration of the Year accolades, along with the Aston Martin Project Vantage, the Lancia Flaminia Sport Zagato 3C and the McLaren F1 GTF Long Tail.

Petersen Automotive Museum is among the finalists for Museum of the Year, and the Lime Rock Historic Grand Prix is a finalist for Motorsport Event of the Year.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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