In 1968 came the release of the police procedural movie Bullitt, starring the cool as ice Steve McQueen. The movie was a massive hit and considered one of the greatest movies of the era, and for the petrol heads out there was most notable for the Iconic chase scene.
This particular chase scene set the bench mark for future ‘chase sequence’ production, and involved Frank Bullitt (McQueen) chasing down the suspected murderers of a witness in Frank’s protection. This influential piece of cinema history featured McQueen in the infamous 1968 Ford Mustang GT390 Fastback, chasing down a black Dodge Charger R/T (containing the suspected felons) across the illustrious streets of San Francisco.
The sub-zero persona of McQueen’s on screen alter-ego was reflected in the vehicle selected for the chase.
The Highland green, 1968 Ford Mustang GT390 Fastback was the epitome of cool and a timeless classic. It served as an icon for motor enthusiasts, with a particular quality that computer-aided design couldn’t engineer into a car. As well as astounding aesthetics, the car had a monstrous 6.4 litre V8 engine. With a power output of 320bhp and a massive 427 pound-feet of torque at 4200 rpm, the Mustang pulled with herculean strength. The engine note produced had enough aural quality to make Diana Ross & the Supremes Jealous!
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