Everyone said it would set the new record for Mustangs and possibly muscle cars alike. The Steve McQueen Bullitt Mustang GT certainly raised the bar for Mustangs. At the end of the bidding the hammer price of $3.4 Million not only broke records, but wowed the throngs of spectators that crowded the Osceola Heritage Park Hall in Kissimmee, Florida. There’s been a lot of speculation. Now we know.
The pricey 1968 Highland Green GT was walked in like a prizefighter. Known as the the “hero” car used in filming. It was used for closeups and driving scenes, while an identical Mustang was setup as a stunt car. That stunt car was essentially wrecked from an arduous schedule of “gags” on set.
When Ford unveiled the new 2019 Mustang Bullitt model during a press preview before the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January 2018, they also unveiled the actual Bullitt Mustang in its original survivor petina.
Robert Kiernan had bought it as simply a used car in 1974. He knew of the car’s provenance, but the collector car market was different then and this car was not any more valuable than any other Mustang at the time. The car has been in the possession of the family since.
The car was driven for years by Robert’s wife, Robbie, as her daily to her job as a schoolteacher.
The first-ever Shelby Cobra still holds the muscle record of $13.75 Million, sold by RM Sothebys at Monterey 2016.