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1968 Ford Mustang Fastback “Bullitt” Replica

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eBay Listing: 1968 Ford Mustang Bullitt 428 SCJ

What do you think of when someone says 1968 Mustang? Could it be “Bullitt”?

In 1968 the movie “Bullitt” was released, featuring Steve McQueen who played Lt. Frank Bullitt. If you don’t know about the film, I’ll cut to the chase. The film contains one of the most well known car chases of all time, featuring two cars, both of which became cinema legends. A black 1968 Dodge Charger loses about eight hubcaps while being chased by Steve McQueen in a Highland Green 1968 Ford Mustang GT Fastback.

1968 Ford Mustang "Bullitt" re

The Highland Green 1968 Mustang Fastbacks used in the film developed a following as only two were built for the film’s production. Supposedly one was destroyed and the other was sold into the general public. For a long time that remaining 1968 Mustang’s whereabouts were unknown. Steve McQueen eventually tried to purchase that car, but “The King of Cool,” himself was turned down.

As a result of the elusiveness of the original “Bullitt” car, many original 1968 Mustang Fastbacks have been taken from their original specifications and transformed into a car recreating the original “Bullitt” Mustang.

1968 Ford Mustang "Bullitt" replica

This immaculate looking 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback is a recreation of the car used in the film, “Bullitt”. It has the following noteworthy features and information.

  • 428 SCJ, Super Cobra Jet engine
  • 4-speed, manual top loader transmission
  • Consistent show winner most recently WON “Best of Show” at the Bullitt Convention in Coldwater, Michigan
  • 100% original, laser straight, factory body panels FINISHED TO PERFECTION in its factory original color of Highland Green!!
  • 100% original and immaculate interior!
  • California built
  • UNHEARD OF LOW MILES

Note that this Mustang was originally equipped with a Ford 289 V8, which means that the car has been modified.

428 Super Cobra Jet [SCJ] engine

Overall, this car is a wonderful example of a factory built Highland Green 1968 Ford Mustang, and for any “Bullitt” fan out there looking for a recreation of their dream car – this could be it. The one that’s ready to chase some bad guys in a black Dodge Charger.

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25 Comments
 
  1. Steven R. Whitson April 30, 2013 at 8:25 am Reply

    I had this same looking vehicle in 289. I really miss that car. It was a joy to ride in. It was tough to keep rear end on the ground with what was available in 67/68….Shackles with air bags between frame and shackle helped a lot. My little 289 Cleveland had so much torque that I would periodically twist the crossover arm from the clutch to the transmission and would repair it by getting a new crossover arm and have a piece of 1/2″ steel welded on top of it. That worked most of the time. I sure miss that car.

    • adam May 6, 2013 at 7:48 pm Reply

      what is 289 Cleveland?

      • eBay Motors May 6, 2013 at 9:58 pm Reply

        Adam, read Todd’s reply further down in the comments section. Todd explains the history of the Cleveland series of engines.

        • joe March 12, 2014 at 9:02 am Reply

          289 Cleveland. Seriously. Someone actually said that. And then someone defended that.

          eBay Motors, Adam and Todd? Yeah – all three of you turn in your “Car Guy” cards right now.

          • Geof October 25, 2016 at 8:04 am

            Absolutely,. There has never been such a fairy. I couldn’t believe he said that.
            Go back to car magazine school fellas!

  2. Steven R. Whitson April 30, 2013 at 8:27 am Reply

    The original Bullitt was a 390 with some extras….

    • Neil Helfgot April 30, 2013 at 12:27 pm Reply

      Definitely the original “Buillitt” was a 390, thank you for your post Mr. Whitson. Have a great day!

  3. Garo Kachadourian April 30, 2013 at 2:28 pm Reply

    I have the August issue of Carlife with the complete article breakdown of both cars. I was in Jr. High in 8th grade at the age of 14 when the movie came out going 4 times to see it and loved it everytime I saw it. I now own two Bullitt DVD’s.

    Mc Queen was one of my favorite actor’s who i saw in The Magnificent Seven (one of my best classic’s) and Sand Pebbles as a younger kid. Back to he Mustang GT and the Charger R/T Hickman drove the R/T for all the stunt’s he himself being one of the best stunt drivers (He also did the stunt’s in the movie the Seven up’s )in the country at the time.

    The Mustang GT needed engine mod’s but the 1968 Charger R/T needed none only suspension mod’s. When the Cars were aquired for the Movie, in testing both the Charger R/T walked all over and away from the Mustang GT.

    If anyone want’s to know the mod’s i will post them for all to see.

    It is still one of my favorite Car Movie’s and still from time to time watch.

    • Garo Kachadourian April 30, 2013 at 2:33 pm Reply

      I forgot to mention the year of the CarLife issue, it was August of 1969. Sorry.

    • jim April 30, 2013 at 6:40 pm Reply

      i was living in san fernando valley back in 1972. i liked old cars so always got the sunday times to check out old cars for sale. the bullit mustang was listed for sale for $1,500 obo. body shop owner said it had alot of body damage. he had bought it from the studio.
      in 1990 my wife and i had the pleasure of spending the forth of july with richard crenna who was a car buff also. we talked about mcqueen and he really liked steve as a person and as as a actor. crenna said he great to work with on sand pebbles. they remained good friends. if anyone does not remember crenna he was the captain of the sand pebbles.

      • k. carson May 1, 2013 at 11:34 am Reply

        Crenna also played in the Rambo films with Sly. Also in one of my favorite movies- Body Heat with Katheleen Turner.

  4. Garo Kachadourian April 30, 2013 at 2:34 pm Reply

    BTW Very Nice Mustang!

  5. Neil Helfgot April 30, 2013 at 2:47 pm Reply

    Dear Garo Kachadourian, thanks for all of your comments. I’m glad you liked the Mustang!

  6. eBay Motors April 30, 2013 at 2:48 pm Reply

    Great to see the interest in this true classic replica bringing us back to the movie Bullitt!

  7. poppy brae April 30, 2013 at 4:23 pm Reply

    what you want 4 it?

    • Steven Ly May 1, 2013 at 4:58 am Reply

      Hi, what do you want for it? is it for sale? I’m interested. let me know. thx

      • Neil Helfgot May 1, 2013 at 10:35 am Reply

        Dear Steve Ly, above if you click just to the right of where it says “Ebay listing” the text in blue that says “1968 Mustang 428 Bullitt SCJ” is hyperlinked the to actual listing so it will tell you more details about the car. Good Luck

  8. poppy brae April 30, 2013 at 4:24 pm Reply

    just kidding if i had it money couldnt buy it

  9. Garo Kachadourian May 1, 2013 at 3:47 pm Reply

    I forgot to also mention at the end of the artice it was said the car was repaired (only the a-frame on the left front)and then sold for…………ready for this………………….2,500.00 dollars.

    • Garo Kachadourian May 1, 2013 at 5:12 pm Reply

      Ford knowing they aquired the Mustang for a movie should have given them one of the new 428 SCJ Mustangs to begin with not a 390 car. The dealer had to have known about the SCJ 428 Mustangs they were already out at the time.

      My Good friend Vinnie Lyons (Google him) own’s one of the orginal 50 Dover White 428 SCJ Mustangs. His Mustang was only Drag Raced never street driven he was the orginal driver for Rye Ford in Rye, New York the dealer which owned the car. Vinnie still goes to show’s with the car along with his wife and still on special occasion’s run’s the Mustang . Vinnie gave me a chance to drive the car once with slick’s and headers open what a treat. I have my own collection of cars and have Drag Raced over the years.

      • Neil Helfgot May 1, 2013 at 5:40 pm Reply

        Dear Garo Kachadourian, I googled your friend as you requested and a picture of his 428 SCJ came right up. It looks to be a clean machine to say the least. As for the original “Bullitt,” being sold for $2,500.00 it’s hard to believe, but maybe that just adds to the “mystique” of the original vehicles for the film “Bullitt.”

  10. Todd May 6, 2013 at 6:43 pm Reply

    Steven,

    The 289 was a member of the Windsor family of thin-wall small-block Fords along with the original 221, 260 and later 302 and 351. The 351 Cleveland came along in 1969 and by 1970 was a street/strip ripper with some good ol’ tunin’! There were ‘kits’ that enabled you to put Cleveland heads on
    289’s and 302’s. The results were called ‘Clevors’ and led to the BOSS 302’s of ’69/’70 and the BOSS 351 of 1971.

    Todd

  11. adam May 6, 2013 at 10:20 pm Reply

    so you had a 289 Windsor with Cleveland heads?

  12. Darren May 10, 2013 at 10:31 am Reply

    The original Steve McQueen car resides hidden in south eastern Tennessee. Was found when filming began for Charlie’s Angels(Drew Barrymore)and location scouts came across it and offered the owner $$$$$ and a supper with Drew but passed on it.He IS the third owner and the car probably will never be restored.What a waste.He even turned down Steve himself from buying it back in ’77 after his divorce from Ali McGraw.He had only had the car for a short 5 yrs buy this time.That car deserves to be in the Ford Museum restored of course.From what I’ve read,it is about 95% complete even the steering wheel is there which was a special item requested buy McQueen himself.Here in Alberta(Canada) in the city I live in there is a exact duplicate of that car that shows up at the local shows and let me tell you it’s very well done.It also was for sale at the asking price of $60k. Well worth the money I think if one can’t have the original.

    • Derek Mau May 10, 2013 at 12:22 pm Reply

      That is such a cool story, Darren. Too bad the current owner of the Bullitt Mustang won’t give it up or fully restore the car. This person is truly hardcore for turning down McQueen’s offer many years ago and hanging onto the car for all these years.

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