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McQueen’s Bullitt Mustang Sells for Record $3.4 Million



Written by Elise

22nd January 2020

McQueen’s Bullitt Mustang Sells for Record $3.4 Million
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McQueen’s Bullitt Mustang Sells for Record $3.4 Million

Steve McQueen’s Bullitt Mustang sells for a record $3.4 Million!

The hammer price ended up being the most money ever spent on a Mustang at public auction, consequently beating the previous record of $2.2 million for the 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake set at Mecum’s Kissimmee auction in 2019.

This iconic Mustang, made famous by Steve McQueen in the 1968 film Bullitt, is one of the world’s most famous movie cars. The Bullitt Mustang is one of many McQueen machines to sell at a big price with the help of his celebrity stardust. McQueen-associated vehicles have a history of fetching more than market rate. For one, his 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB by Scaglietti sold for $10.18 million, and in 2015 his 1976 Turbo sold for $1.95 million. The latter is especially astounding: Turbos usually ‘only’ fetched into the hundreds of thousands at the time.

The owner, Sean Kiernan, with his sister Kelly Cotton, drove the Bullitt Mustang across the auction block at Silver Spurs Arena and addressed a crowd 25,000 strong before the bidding started. Sean explained the starting auction price of just $3,500 as the original price his father paid for the vehicle back in 1974. It took just 11 minutes to reach its selling price of $3.4m. Not a bad profit for the family!

At the time of the sale at the auction house, it was unclear who had purchased the vehicle. We are sure it’s going to a serious collector and, safe to say, a very good home.

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(Edit: As of July 2020, this record was itself beaten by the 1965 Shelby GT350R Prototype, sold for $3.85 million at Mecum Indy 202o, claiming the title of ‘most valuable Mustang in history’.)

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