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I agree with your assessment as well even though the Mustang is nice! In the original Bullet Movie the Mustang was heavily modified and the Charger was basically stock....now that is saying something, LOL!
 

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Steve McQueen was a hot property in Hollywood in 1968. He had just completed "The Thomas Crown Affair" with Faye Dunaway and he was enjoying the kind of star status leverage every actor works for. Because he wanted more control over the production of his movies, he signed a six-picture contract between his company, Solar Productions, Inc., and Warner Bros. Inc. The first product of that collaboration was "Bullitt," based on the novel Mute Witness by Robert L. Pike. For the film (in which he plays an unconventional police detective), McQueen envisioned the most violent, realistic and dangerous chase scene ever attempted. It is a tribute to McQueen's persuasiveness and credibility that the city of San Francisco agreed to the mayhem he proposed creating on its streets. (It's easy to picture the meeting in which negotiations took place: "Okay, Mr. McQueen, you'd like to race two cars through our city at 100 miles an hour -- could we interest you in burning down some of our buildings?") Whether the choice of the Mustang was McQueen's idea or not is unclear; all we do now for certain is that two of them were bought for the movie, both were Highland Green fastbacks sporting GT packages and 390/4V motors. Likewise, two new Dodge Chargers were purchased, reportedly with 426-cid motors, for the bad guys to drive. "The man's name is Frank Bullitt. The last thing in the world you'd take Frank Bullitt for was a cop." One Mustang was modified with extra welding, bracing and engine work to handle all of the heavy abuse -- the jumping and crashing -- while the other was used mostly during the high-speed scenes. Several pieces were removed from the cars, including the driving lights, running pony grille emblem, Mustang lettering and even the GT badges. Stock wheels were pulled in favor of sportier custom-made rims from American Racing. The modified fastback (the jump car) also received a rollbar-mounted camera so that thrill-seeking moviegoers could get a taste of what it was like to fly through the air above San Francisco's hilly pavement. Not only did that Mustang get trashed performing the jump scenes, but it was also the car responsible for the fiery destruction of the Charger at the end of the chase. Special towing equipment was mounted to the passenger side of the Mustang and two dummies were placed in the Charger so that, through clever editing, it would look like the Mustang ran the Charger off the road into the gas station where it blew up. Because the main Mustang was so damaged by the time shooting ended, it is highly unlikely anyone at Warner even considered selling it
 

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I wish the roles of the cars had been swapped. It is still one of the greatest car chase scenes ever. Bigsnake, thanks for the background in the movie. Reps to you wish I could remember cool stuff like that.
 

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Mike, good information there! The Bullitt Mustang was so popular and iconic after that movie that Ford used some of the custom styling cues on future Mustangs as well as doing "Bullitt Mustang" production a couple of times. I also found it interesting that a lot of the clothing that "Mr Cool McQueen" wore during the movie were bought in large quantity such as the boots and jacket he wore.

An unconventional Investigator driving an unconventional Mustang......Classic Steve!
 
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