‘Bullitt Mustang’ revs into car museum this week


One of the most iconic movie cars of all time, a 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390 Fastback – the Bullitt Mustang – will be headed to Tacoma, Washington on Dec. 5, where it will go on display at America’s Car Museum through April 25.

The Mustang piloted by legendary actor and motorsports enthusiast Steve McQueen during the 1968 film Bullitt left a lasting impact on movies and pop culture since its release. In Bullitt, McQueen played the title character, a detective trying to bust a mob ring. The chase scene was revolutionary for its time – putting the audience inside the vehicle while driving on actual roads and building suspense without any spoken dialogue – a film style that would later define Peter Yates’ vehicle chase scenes.

“Steve McQueen was one of those rare individuals who was able to infuse his passion for motorsports directly into his films, and there’s no better example than Bullitt,” said AAT Vice Chair David Madeira. “It’s not every day that we get the chance to showcase a vehicle that has made such a lasting impact on the way cars are presented on film. It’s humbling to share the long and storied history of this Mustang with ACM guests.”

ACM will be holding a screening of Bullitt and a Q&A with the car’s owner, Sean Kiernan, in late January. Details for the event will be revealed at a later time on ACM’s website,americascarmuseum.org.


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