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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Oklahoma City Coffee and Cars October, 2017

Some of the cars that caught my eye this morning!
duplicates are below, the duplicates are the same as the top series just without the apple portrait software. all of these pictures are straight out of my Iphone8, with no filtering.
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Forge your name in the sky; The story of Forgestar

Cragar, Dayton, Niche, Forgiato, these names spanned decades of wheel trends, but today I want to dicuss a brand on the rise.

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Many of you know Forgestar from its incredible modular ordering system and affordability for totally tailored wheel specifications. To really understand what Forgestar is you have to know what it was. Think back to the early 90s, a much more simple time. The Olson twins were just born, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air was in full swing and wheels were small. It wasn’t until 1996 that the 20 inch tire was released by Pirelli. Wheel styles weren’t of the 90s, most everyone bought old wire spoke Daytons or a Mag style wheel like from the 60s or 70s. With the rise of cell phones, bling, and MTV brought a new need and market for big, stylin’ wheels, and the market reacted. By the late 90s, 20 inch wheels were all the hype!  And all the money, some sets of just tires costing in excess of $3000. Companies like Lorenzo, Niche, Giovanni, Ultra, Enkei, and MOMO captured this market and grew to what is now a wheel empire out of this blossoming niche market.
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As the 2000’s rolled around, so did the demand for bigger,even more unique designed wheels. This spurred the creation of the 3 piece wheel, borrowed from BBS who pioneered the 3 piece wheel in the 70s. Until now, these multipiece wheels had been exclusive to racing applications and never been much larger than 18 inches or so. Making 3 piece wheels for style made perfect sense, as it allowed each piece to be forged or milled to the exact offset and provided much more detail than a cast wheel ever could. With the strength came the possibilities of even larger diameter without fear of cracking or unstable spoke design. This new wave of multipiece wheels brought many companies to the table, many who hadn’t been in the business before but knew their way around a machine shop and knew how to construct cool, new wheels. But this wave was bigger than the market could support and many names got lost in the sea of new companies. iForged was one of these companies, competing in a ever growing market they knew it was going to take more than a few nice wheel styles and competitive pricing to grab a buyers attention.
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With competition on the mind, in 2009 iForged Wheels started a subsidiary company called Forgestar, the main goal of Forgestar was to bring all the customization and modulability of a multi piece wheel to a price point that most enthusiasts could live with.They did this by using a new and innovative process called “Rotary Forging”.

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SKIP TO 3:50 to see a good example of this process

This manufacturing technique allowed them to make varying concave faces and widths. While still letting these blanks sit until the customer had placed their order for exact offset, bolt pattern and center bore. An added benefit to this was the availability of not having to bulk order a set order of specific wheels and finishes, allowing the customer to choose virtually any finish. By 2011 Forgestar was offering a 12 inch wide forging.  In 2012 offering a Super Deep Concave option, a staggering 3.5 inch concave from center cap to wheel lip. The innovations kept coming, in 2013 they released the world’s first Modular construction 2 piece Rotary Forged wheel. This wheel is called the M7.S which features a traditionally forged inner barrel and a Rotary Forged face.  By 2016 Forgestar had enter into the drag wheel market, making them the first Rotary Forged drag race specific wheel, with offerings in 15 and 17 inch diameter. What had started by iForge as a way to reach a bigger market, had become 10 time larger than the Multipiece company could have ever been. As of 2017 Forgestar has been sold to WELD racing and companies. Where will this venture lead Forgestar? What new innovations will they achieve with the help of WELD? Who knows, keep a eye on them to find out!
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I wanted to write about Forgestar today to bring some attention to the great variety of product they sell. Forgestar has started a somewhat annual sale called the “Fall Classic Sale” which grants a $200 rebate to each set of wheels sold so long as the wheels are 18″-22″ diameter. This rebate offer is good til October 11th and can be compounded with our normal percentage discounts. Contact us at DH Designs to take advantage of this rebate. Sales@Dashengst.com or (405) 256-8156
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For your viewing pleasure here are some customers Forgestar equipped cars!

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