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I was young I lived in Australia for some years, and my Greek auntie
had a 1967 Ford Mustang coupe 2-door hardtop. Even better, she had a
pink 1967 Ford Mustang coupe. Both my parents drove classic Volvos – a
121 Amazon for my dad, and an 1800S coupe for my mom – and so I had some
understanding at a young age of how great such cars could be.
it was a combination of that 1967 Ford Mustang coupe, and my mom and
dad's Volvos that really clicked with me and probably helped inspire my
present occupation. When my auntie would drive it around town in
Australia, it got the kind of attention a pink Lamborghini would get in
Beverly Hills. I really loved that car.
me the Ford Mustang defined a spirit of American freedom. Whoever
dreamt up what that car should be called when it first arrived in
dealerships in 1964 absolutely hit the bullseye. You immediately
conjured up visions of wild horses roaming the American interior, free
and untamed – a perfect image for a pretty perfect car.
The Ford Mustang
was initially introduced on April 17, 1964, as a hardtop and convertible
with the fastback version put on sale in August 1964. It was an
But the car's
image went up many degrees in October 1968 when the film Bullitt was
released. It starred the great Steve McQueen as a San Francisco cop, the
no-nonsense police lieutenant Frank Bullitt, in what was probably his
most iconic role.
of course features a now legendary car chase in which McQueen's
character drives a Highland Green Mustang GT Fastback in a chase with a
pair of bad guys in a black 1968 Dodge Charger.
getting on for ten minutes long, the sequence reliably stands up as the
greatest car chase ever filmed, a white-knuckle ride through San
Francisco's hilly terrain, the Mustang GT Fastback getting airborne a
few times as it speeds through the streets. Although the film is blessed
with a fabulous quasi-jazz score by Lalo Schifrin, the music vanishes
during the chase, in favor of screeching tires and roaring engines.
Music to my ears, anyway.
would love to see Ford's sales figures for the Mustang in the months
immediately following the release of Bullitt. You can bet they soared
Amazingly, the Ford
Mustang GT Fastback driven by McQueen in the film is still intact. And
in January last year it sold to an unknown buyer for $3.4 million at
auction in Florida, the highest price ever paid for a Ford Mustang at
auction. It took only a minute of bidding to realize that amount.
When filming on
Bullitt had concluded, the car was bought by a Warner Brothers employee,
who then sold it to a New Jersey police detective. The detective sold
the Mustang in 1974 for $6,000 to Robert Kiernan of Madison, New Jersey,
who passed away in 2014, still the owner of the car.
McQueen himself had been keen to acquire the iconic Mustang GT
Fastback, even writing to Robert Kiernan in 1977: 'I would like to
appeal to you to get back my ‘68 Mustang. I would like very much to keep
it in the family, in its original condition as it was used in the film,
rather than have it restored; which is simply personal with me.' This
never happened, however.
this, I am reminded of someone who appears to have once attempted to
emulate Steve McQueen's motoring adventures in Bullitt. In 1988 Joe
Strummer, the former singer with the Clash, was recording in Los
Angeles. To help get himself into character, he had rented a vintage
leaving the Sunset studio in the Mustang he jumped a red light and was
immediately signaled to stop by a police car. Instead he decided to lead
the cops on a chase in the Ford Mustang into the Hollywood Hills. 'We
made it to the top of the mountain, but the cop car was already up
there,' said his friend, the artist Josh Cheuse. 'Joe Strummer charmed
them. The cop said something like, 'Well, I know you got a nice little
That was a time in LA when you could still charm the police.'
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