Nothing says classic American muscle like the Ford Mustang. The Mustang has been an icon in the sports car world for over 50 years. One of the most iconic, perhaps of all Mustangs created since 1964, is Steve McQueen’s 1968 Mustang. This isn’t your average sports car, and its history is anything but average.
The Steve McQueen Mustang
Steve McQueen expertly maneuvered the Mustang in the 1968 movie ‘Bullitt,’ an action thriller taking place in San Francisco that features some of the most exciting, high-paced car chases in film history. Many tributes and stories have been created around the mystical, almost supernatural Mustang.
When the world learned in January of 2017 that the historical car, which had vanished from the face of the earth many years ago, had actually survived McQueen himself, you can imagine the bewilderment and astonishment felt by all. McQueen died in 1980, and the Kiernan family, the car’s owner since 1974, had kept the iconic American sports car hidden away in a Kentucky barn for all these years.
The Kiernans ended up with the hero car after purchasing it from a Road & Track classified ad for $3,500, where they used it as a daily driver until 1980 when the clutch went out with just 65,000 miles on the odometer. Interestingly enough, McQueen wrote the Kiernans a letter asking to buy it back, but they declined. Eventually the Kiernans moved to Tennessee, bringing the Mustang with them and putting it in storage where it would be forgotten for many years.
A New Chapter for an Old Legend
The iconic 1968 Mustang sold for $3.4 million at a Mecum Auction in Kissimmee, FL. The hammer price was the most money EVER spent on a Mustang at a public auction, decimating the previous record of $2.2 million, which was for a 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake back in 2019.
Funny enough, the bidding for this legendary car started at just $3,500- jumping to $1 million and then $2 million not even a minute later. The reason for the low starting price? The car’s owner, Sean Kiernan, explained that the two times the car had sold previously, it had been purchased for $3,500.
The interior of the Mustang features bits of filming equipment still in the body of the car. The engine was modified to enhance speed and sound, and features additional camera mounts welded to the metal tubes underneath the car. In addition, the truck has been cut into to allow cords to run from the generator to the lights and cameras.
Now officially the most expensive American muscle car sold at public auction, the legend of the Steve McQueen Mustang continues it’s long-lived legacy.
The Steve McQueen Edition Mustang
The Steve McQueen Edition Mustang is the dream Mustang for Mustang enthusiasts everywhere, beautifully honoring the Steve McQueen legacy. This one-of-a-kind Mustang features many expertly crafted details reminiscent of the original model from over 50 years ago. The Steve McQueen Edition contains details like embroidered Leather seats, a powerful Supercharged engine, and custom detailing with Steve McQueen’s signature on the rear bumper. Take a look at the photos of this iconic Mustang below:
Come check out this memorable Mustang for yourself today at Ford Crestview in Crestview, FL, near Pensacola and Fort Walton Beach. Contact the team at Ford Crestview keep up-to-date with the latest Mustang information and releases and to see the one-of-a-kind Steve McQueen Edition Mustang in Florida.