Time to bite the Bullitt? Is a 2v possibly the next cheap collector’s car?

In the 90s and early 2000s Ford built many special edition mustangs under the Ford flag before ALL the upfitting companies went big time with their mustang lines. A few of the notable editions were, the 7-Up Edition, the Boss Shinoda, The Spring Feature, The Mach 1, and The Bullitt. In 2000 the Bullitt Concept made a debut at the L.A. Auto Show. The audience was completely in awe of it. Roush was contracted by Ford to make the concept, at the time Roush had complete access to all the Ford parts bins and many of the original plans didn’t come to be, but I’ll tell you more about that.

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To see how the Bullitt ended up the way it is, you have to know where it came from. Back in October 1968 a movie about a detective in San Fransisco set the annual record for a weekend debut, the movie was “Bullitt”. Ive seen Bullitt some 17 times or so, and still don’t know what happens after the Charger wrecks. But I remember the Mustang scene, its widely considered to be the best car chase scene in film history.
Also the car is one of the most memorable Mustangs yet, a 1968 Highland Green Mustang GT 390 Fastback with blacked out grille, no running pony, siting on black face, polished lip American Racing Torque Thrust IIs. It was a icon, while the 390 wasn’t the fastest Mustang made, it was the best sounding and it really sang. Steve McQueen was the perfect fit for the drivers role, only 5 years earlier he had been the star of ¬†“The Great Escape” ¬†where he jumped a Triumph motorcycle over a POW camp barricade.

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Its clear to see why designers built a homage edition Mustang, the sound, the jumps, the tire shredding, the color. The scene was perfect and a tribute car with the proper backing by ford would be a surefire sale. To style the new car, designers had to get all the details right, it wasn’t going to be enough to paint the car green and put some Torque Thrust II wheels on it.

Starting with a 1999 Mustang they

  • Shaved the side scoops
  • Designed the seat covers to emulate the 68 GT styling
  • Deck lid pedestal spoiler was deleted
  • Added rolled stainless steel exhaust tips
  • Smooth rocker panels with integrated mud flaps
  • Blacked out grill with chrome running pony
  • A billet fuel door
  • Retro styled gauges
  • Brushed aluminum door sill kick panels with the Bullitt logo
  • Brushed shifter bezel
  • Brushed shift knob
  • Polished modern pedal covers with rubber grips
  • 13 inch cobra style front brakes, with red calipers and a embossed running pony
  • Sharper angled C pillar, later found on the Mach 1
  • 3/4 inch lowering springs
  • Larger rear rotors
  • Performance struts
  • A new Ford wheel styled after the American Racing Torque Thrust II
  • Tuned exhaust to give the Bullitt a unique old-school sound
  • A special intake using a Cobra style twin blade throttle body, bringing HP to 265, and TQ to 305.

The original design was to use the 4v 4.6L from the normal aspirated Cobras made in 1999 and 2001, but SVT claimed they were the only ones allowed to use this powerplant and halted any further use of the 4v in the Bullitt project. I wonder what that would have done to Cobra sales, and what it would have done for the ford brand as a whole.

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Only 5,582 of these cars were produced, they came in 3 colors. The best selling color by far was Dark Highland Green, but they also came in Ford True Blue, and Black. For comparison there were 7,251 Cobras made in 2001. Of the 5,582 built more than 4,000 were presold.

With the retro styling of the 2005 came the clear opportunity to make a encore to the 2001 Bullitt, and in 2008 they did.
Playing on a lot of the same styling cues as the 01, it was a mostly debadged GT with black Bullitt style wheels, and a interior with retro inspired features.
Honestly I don’t think this car will ever be as collectable, because instead of adding the subtle performance upgrades or paving a way in a homage car, they slapped on some Ford Racing upgrades you could have already found in the catalog. For me it just doesn’t do it.
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Do you think that the Bullitt be it the 2001 or 2008 will ever be a collectable car? let me know in the comments. Don’t forget to Like, Comment and Share!

Bonus footage: Bullitt chase remake

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Mustang Week 2017

This was our first year sponsoring Mustang Week, although we have been attendees and my wife and I were even married during the event last year, the experience was VERY different this year!
Mike Clay and Rodney Melton have been hosting this event in Myrtle Beach for many years, 16 years, each year the event getting bigger, bigger, and attracting more attention.
for the first 15 years of the event it was held during the 2nd week in July. This year it was held during the first week in September, for many a HUGE change, before the event there were many concerns about attendance being that school for parents with children and college students alike would either not be able to come at all or only be able to come for a weekend. We had faith that attendees would still show out in bunches, as the hotel and condo rates were significantly less during September than it is during the summer. We also thought that people would much prefer the cooler weather that comes with September.
WE WERENT WRONG!
Despite the date change, the venue change and even the threat of a CAT5 hurricane the crowds were still HUGE! Given all the concerns the event coordinators figured the attendance was only down 20-30%.

Our trip to Mustang Week was eventful to say the least. starting with finishing 3 cars in the 6 months before going.
First car being our 65 Mustang coupe. this car has been through a lot with me and my wife. I used it as a way to propose to my wife, and took it from being a very rough c code coupe to a pearl white cruiser.(ill make another blog about that build). We were literally bolting on the bumpers a hour before we left Oklahoma City.
second car being my red 2000 convertible track car. which has received many many upgrades in the last season.
and third being my wife’s 2012 GT500 convertible. easily the best car for cruising the highways through the pinewood forests in myrtle beach.

after setting off from Oklahoma city with myself, my wife, 2 trucks, 2 trailers, 3 cars, and 5 photographers and videographers, we soon found ourself changing the first of many blowout tires on the trailers.

While Waze, Google and apple maps said our drive would only take 18 hours they didnt account for the needed stops for fuel in the thirsty ecoboost f150 or the blow outs or the mandatory stop in Memphis, Tennessee to walk down Beale Street into BB Kings Bar.

After many Energy Drinks we found oursleves pulling into Myrtle beach and making a quick right towards Surfside Beach, our home for the next 7 days. Located right on the beach the house on stilts served as a much needed relaxing place to hang out, kick back a cold one and rest.

The first day or so(Sunday and Monday) was spent relaxing, cleaning the cars, and literally tightening any loose screws hahaha. Sunday I picked our good friend Pete Oxenham (owner of Fully torqued Racing) up from the airport. Monday evening we went to a unofficial meet and greet at Broadway at the beach in front of Dave and Busters. always a good time seeing all the die hard mustang week goers on Monday night.

Tuesday is the official meet and greet, we showed up at the scheduled time and still barely managed to find a decent spot. The parking lots meant to hold 1000s of cars were flooded with mustangs, revving, colorful wraps, expensive wheels, and the distant sound of PSHHHHH which at sometimes you couldn’t tell if it was an airbag suspension letting air out or a blow off valve. We brought both our 65 and 2012 to the event. after we ate at Wahlburgers owned by Mark Wahlberg and his family.

Wednesday is my personal favorite day of the event.
It is the Autocross and Oval fun runs day at the Myrtle Beach Speedway.
we began by setting up our booth using all 3 cars and our full wheel display setup.
After getting everything setup and working, I took the GT500 around the oval for some speed runs and was able to get it up to 110 at the fastest.

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Thursday is the Drag Race day, and was typically held at Darlington speedway (a 1/4 mile track)a lengthy drive for most attendees, but this year it was held at North Myrtle Beach DragStrip(a 1/8th mile track). From what we were told the attendance was FARRRRR more than they expected. As for us we used Thursday as a rest and relax day.

Friday is the biggest day of the week and is the Mustang Week Show.In Years past it is held at the Myrtle Beach Mall in the parking lot next to the Bass Pro Shop. A venue honestly a little too small for the event. This year it was held at the Myrtle Beach Convention center, with displays inside the center and outside. a venue likely 5 times the size as the mall. It was a fantastic showing!
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Friday Night is when most of the BIG night meets are, and its often difficult to choose the “right” one to go to. we went to the Beaver Bar, a favorite of mine as its only a few miles away from the house, the road is a central location for all the burnouts you could ever want and the beer is cheap. they have rocking chairs and tables in the parking lot for relaxful evenings. as the night went on the itch for nearly everyone to burn rubber had to be scratched and nearly everyone remaining by 10pm was doing just that!From 1000Hp+ drag cars to our 65 mustang and even a 2015+ ecoboost everyone took a turn dropping the clutch.

Saturday is unfortunately the last day of the event and includes a cruise-in, the awards ceremony for the show the day before.
Til next year!