Original 1968 Ford Mustang 'Bullitt' fetches $3.7M at auction

Driven by Steve McQueen, the Bullitt is now the most valuable Mustang ever sold.

The 1968 Ford Mustang GT featured in the film Bullitt has sold at auction for $3.7 million, raising the bar as the highest price ever paid for any Mustang.

The classic coupe is one of two '68 Mustangs used for the film, remaining as the only survivor after the other car was scrapped due to damage from stunt scenes. After the film was complete, the car was bought by a Warner Brothers employee and served as a daily driver for another year before changing hands once again.

The original Bullitt was owned by Robert Kiernan from 1974 until his death in 2014, despite Steve McQueen's alleged attempt to purchase the car that he drove in the film. The Kiernan family decided to restore the car in 2001 after Ford released its first modern Mustang inspired by the Bullitt.

The family wisely kept the car as original as possible, leaving in place various modifications that held camera gear and even Bondo that was used to repair a dent from the film's chase scene.

Robert purchased the Bullitt for just $6,000 -- less than one percent of the auction price.

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