Why the Original 1968 Bullitt Mustang is Heading for Europe
The 1968 Ford Mustang GT that starred in the classic movie Bullitt will be making its first trip to Europe. Ford of Europe announced that the original Bullitt will be featured at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, in the United Kingdom, July 12-15, 2018.
Bullitt’s European Adventure
The original Bullitt will take on the Goodwood Hillclimb course that is 1.16 miles long. It will appear alongside the new special edition 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt. The vehicles will be in Europe to promote the new Bullitt that is available for order in Europe as well as celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Steve McQueen film.
The 10-minute car chase in Bullitt is considered one of the greatest of all time. Two identical 1968 Ford Mustang GT fastbacks were used during the filming of the movie. One of the vehicles resurfaced at the beginning of the year after three decades in storage. Sean Kiernan, who inherited the car in 2014 from his late father, Robert, contacted Ford and the two parties worked together to reveal his movie star car at the 2018 North American International Auto Show, Detroit, in January. During the reveal, Ford unveiled the new version of the 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt Edition. Kiernan will accompany his car during its European debut at Goodwood.
Goodwood’s Special Ford and Shelby Events
Another special Ford Mustang will also appear at the Goodwood Festival. The one-of-a-kind Eagle Squadron livery has been co-created by Ford Performance and Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s RTR Vehicles to pay tribute to American fighter pilots who served in the Royal Air Force during World War II.
According to Ford, “World champion drifter Gittin Jr. will pilot the 700 horsepower Eagle Squadron Mustang GT on the Hillclimb course before the unique sports car is returned to the U.S. to be auctioned at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s largest fundraiser, The Gathering – with proceeds supporting the Association’s youth education programs. Gittin Jr. also returns to the Hillclimb in his bespoke Mustang RTR drift car.”
Visitors to this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed can also see the ultra-high-performance Ford GT supercar perform on the Hillclimb course driven by Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Team World Endurance Championship drivers Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell . The drivers will have just completed racing at Le Mans, in France, days before.
The 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed is shaping up to be a Ford and Shelby lovefest. The festival is being highlighted on a Shelby Grand European tour, where Shelby owners and enthusiasts are being invited to tour some of Europe’s legendary racing sites. The Shelby Grand European tour will take fans to either the Le Mans Race or the Goodwood Festival of Speed or both events.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed runs from Thursday, July 12 to Sunday, July 15 at Goodwood House, West Sussex, England.
The 2019 Ford Bullitt Mustang GT is projected to have 480 horsepower and a starting price of $47,495. No word on what the price will be in Europe. It is available for order now.
MPG ratings will be available on www.fueleconomy.gov.
Ford will provide updates on the Bullitt’s European activities during the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed – including the arrival of the iconic original Bullitt Mustang in Europe for the first time on www.twitter.com/FordEu and www.youtube.com/fordofeurope.