“Expect to see some big bucks rolled out for this treasure.“
Source: Fox Business
Sean Kiernan may get as much as $4 million for a piece of Hollywood history that his father, Bob, acquired for just $3,500 and refused to sell to Steve McQueen, the actor who drove it in the 1968 action film “Bullitt.”
When the classic-car insurer Hagerty sent car expert Kevin Marti to authenticate the vehicle, he couldn’t believe his eyes, according to a New York Times report: “Ninety-eight percent of the original car is there,” Marti told Hagerty. “It’s an incredible artifact.”
Since ‘Bullitt’s’ release, the 1968 Highland Green Mustang has become one of the best-known vehicles shown on the big screen. McQueen himself even tracked down Bob Kiernan in 1977 and wrote him a letter asking to buy the muscle car back, according to the Times.
“I would like very much to keep it in the family, in its original condition as it was used in the film, rather than have it restored, which is simply personal with me,” McQueen wrote in the missive detailed by the Times.
And it’s probably best that he didn’t sell it then. Classic-car collecting has become a big-money enterprise in the years following McQueen’s letter to Kiernan, with a Ford GT40 driven by McQueen in the 1971 movie “LeMans” fetching $11 million in 2012. That price point and McQueen’s reputation with car enthusiasts indicates the Mustang will do well, too.
“There is still a very active portion of collector-car culture that thinks of Steve McQueen as the ultimate car guy,” Hagerty spokesman Jonathan Klinger told the Times. “The King of Cool.”
“Here is the video of the Bullitt chase scene. If you watch closely, you’ll see that they pass the same green Volkswagen 4 times. I’m not sure how many hubcaps the Charger loses, but it’s more than four.”