The Ford Mustang. Surely one of the most celebrated and long running sports cars from the all-american Ford Motor Company. Purported to be conceived in an incredible 18 months, the original first generation 1964 Mustang shocked the American automotive landscape. Here was a new sports car, compact of dimension and light on its feet that blended six and eight cylinder pace with american design grace of the time. The car was launched to great acclaim and in some respects formed the mould of American sports cars to come. GM and Chrysler were caught napping and demand for the Mustang was huge.
Production of the first generation Mustang lasted from late 1964 with the first re-design occurring in 1967. The original ‘Pony car’ lasted until 1973, where the next generation commenced production as the changing environmental concerns of the time took hold. The template was set though, and the Mustang was a mainstay of the Ford and indeed worldwide automotive landscape, a true legend in its lifetime.
It was one of the greatest product placement and movie duos that cemented the Mustang into true popular culture, though. Steve McQueen, who already occupied a scale of coolness beyond comprehension, hustled through the streets of San Francisco in a thunderously loud Mustang in the 1968 crime thriller, Bullitt. The specific model used was a GT390 Mustang Fastback finished in Highland Green. The combination was a world beater and inspired generations to come.
This particular example is based on a 67 – 68′ Mustang Fastback, finished in that eponymous hue of Highland Green. It benefits from various modifications and the combination of a 4.9 Litre Cobra engine breathing through a bespoke exhaust system has turned it into the perfect fast-road Bullitt recreation, that can be used everyday.
LHD, Genuine J Code 68 Mustang, Highland Green metallic paint, Mathwall blueprinted 302 cu (4.9 litre) Small Block V8, 5 speed gearbox, Currie Industries rear axle, Trick Part Wilwood discs all round, Sparco part leather seats.
This 68 Mustang Fastback looks mean, imposing and ready for action. Highland Green was the Bullitt colour and of course, the colour of this Mustang as well. The angular lines and sharp details of the body suit the colour like no other. Details, such as the grills punctuating the rear pillar and the contrasting coloured alloys provide a dramatic contrast.
The car presents well with the paintwork in good order with only a few small blemishes to be found, befitting a car that is cared for, but driven on a regular basis.
The interior design of the Mustang is a cool place to spend time in with art deco influences and materials. This particular example has a pair of Sparco race seats trimmed to match the interior. They hint at the potential of the car, offer excellent support and are also comfortable for longer distances.
The steering wheel is thin rimmed and of a generous radius giving the required heft to muscle this car around. The rim is constructed from wood with drilled metal spokes and looks the part in this Mustang. The interior is defined by flourishes of chrome trim and it feels robust, characterful and very much original showing a classic aged patina.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Every Bullitt needs a magnificent powerplant and this one is no exception. The original engine has been transplanted with a Mathwall blueprinted 302 cu (4,9 litre) Small Block V8. This very engine was originally in an AC Cobra race car and is very highly developed. Power is apportioned via a 5 speed gearbox and sent to the rear wheels via a Currie Industries rear axle. The combination of the race engine and bespoke exhaust produce a thunderous soundscape that epitomises the muscle car genre,
The full specification of the engine and running gear is as follows; Mathwall blueprinted 302 cu (4,9 litre) Small Block V8, Edelbrock Aluminium heads, Edelbrock Aluminium water pump, Edelbrock Torker 2 inlet manifold, Aluminium timing cover, MSD billet distributor and electronic ignition, Hedmann exhaust headers, Bespoke exhaust with Flowmaster mufflers, Bespoke radiator with Kenlowe fan, Five speed gearbox, Currie Industries rear axle.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The American Racing alloys are the perfect match for this Bullitt, the five spokes finished in gunmetal with an exposed metal rim giving the perfect stance. Whilst presenting adequately, the wheels could benefit from some refurbishment if a new owner wanted to bring them to a concourse standard. The tyres are all-new rubber in 215/60/15.
Braking duties are very adequately taken care of via a high performance setup including Willwood disc brakes.
This Mustang was imported into the UK in 1989 and has 4 former keepers in the UK. The current owner acquired the car in 2004 and commissioned a far reaching overhaul of the car in 2005. There is a large file detailing the components sourced and used in the work.
The history file also comes with some interesting documents, including a hand written invoice from Mathwall Engineering dated from 1985, detailing the engine modifications that were done at the time. Further to that, there is a plethora of invoices relating to the parts and work that has been carried out in the past, and various press cuttings pertaining to the car.
This Mustang has been modified in a sympathetic fashion to create a true drivers muscle car, one that is capable of living up to the Bullitt heritage of fast driving. Indeed, it is also a cover star in its own right, gracing the front cover of Classic & Sports Car, December 2007, in the 25th year of the publication. The article refers to a power figure of some 340bhp, although there is no evidence that this was substantiated. A copy of the magazine completes the history file.
Please note that the true mileage cannot be verified.
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