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Without question, the best car chase in any movie happened in 1968 with Frank Bullitt (portrayed by Steve McQueen) in the movie by the same name.......BULLITT.  McQueen represented every male's greatest ambition in 1968..........go "head-to-head" with the bad boys in an all out, no holds barred car chase through the streets of a major city, lets say San Francisco, Ca.  The opponent is a 1968 Dodge Charger.  The chase, which lasted nine minutes and forty-two seconds, put every male in America on testosterone overload as both cars got air over each hill they flew and, so much so, that moviegoers everywhere felt slightly nauseous just watching the continuous high-speed up and down.  After the movie shooting, so much rubber was left on the city streets that the bill for clean up was staggering.  The cast of characters other than McQueen included Jacqueline Bisset, Robert DuVall, Robert Vaughn and  Don Gordon and directed masterfully by Peter Yates.  The movie has been so successful that a cult following has grown and 33 years later, in 2001, the namesake Ford Mustang Bullitt Edition was previewed.  But how do you pay homage to two American icons like the Ford Mustang and Frank Bullitt.  You combine what they both represented in the movie into a symbolic car.

With that you first need a starting point like making a model from clay in order to visualize the end result.  In the case of the Mustang there was already a great model about to be produced and that 
was the 2001 Mustang GT. The engineers got together and began adding the symbolic touches they thought would best represent the true meaning of a man like Frank Bullitt and the type of car 
he drove.Hundreds of thousands of dollars later the 2001 Ford Mustang Bullitt Edition was launched to a waiting crowd. For a $3,695 premium the Bullitt had over the stock GT significantly more horsepower and torque (270hp 305 Lb Ft Torque) with much improved airflow and reduced parasitic loses; twin 
57mm bore throttle body; cast aluminum intake manifold; optimized alternator and pump pulley ratios; re-valved Tokico struts and shocks; frame rail connectors; thirteen-inch Brembo front rotors and painted performance calipers that you could see through the great 5-spoke aluminum wheel. Add a brushed 
aluminum gas cap and lower the car three-fourths of an inch to generate a firmer, better-balanced ride and improved handling characteristics and you have the Bullitt. Ford Motor Company realized that since most of the added equipment could eventually be purchased from the Motorsports  catalogue that somewhere down the road Ford could end up with two times more than the 5500 or so Bullitts they actually produced. To insure authenticity, Ford engineers added one other secret ingredient. They placed a numbered ID Plaque on the front left shock tower and there is a second (matching) 
ID tag hidden somewhere else in the car. Where? No one at the company is saying.

For the actual filming of Bullitt two 1968 Mustang Fastbacks were used from the Warner Brothers fleet for actor Steve McQueen. Once the cars were selected, veteran race driver Max Balchowski was asked to modify the cars for the rigors of the high-speed pursuit scenes.  He also added stronger springs, Knoi shocks and fabricated braces for the inner fender wells. In addition he added a little "umph" to the engine for greater top end speed. After filming was completed, the primary chase car was in such 
sad shape that it was sent to the crusher. Two weeks of stunt driving had taken its toll. The remaining Mustang, a less damaged backup, was sold to an employee of Warner Brothers editing department. In the early 1970's the car was advertised in the classified section of the Los Angeles Times for the then 
"pricey" sum of $6,000. A buyer was found and the car eventually  made it's way to the East Coast.
The car went up for sale once again, this time in 1974 in an ad in  Road & Track Magazine. It's rumored that McQueen himself called the New Jersey phone number with a desire to purchase to car for his own collection. He was told the car had been sold, however, was given the name and phone number 
of the buyer. McQueen tried to persuade the new owner to sell but it was all to no avail. The new owner did promise Steve McQueen that he'd call if he ever decided to sell, however, Steve McQueen died in 1980 from lung cancer without ever hearing from the owner. Whenever contacted by potential buyers or the media, the owner has refused offers of publicity or purchase and the car has been in a non-running condition for some time. The car remained in New Jersey until the mid-1990's when it was moved to a farm in the Ohio River Valley. Parked in a hay barn, the Mustang remains inoperable, still wearing New Jersey tags. A film company recently made an offer to the owner for its use in a motion picture. The owner declined.

The car on this page (Bullitt prototype) is one of about 70 vehicles  that were pulled from the Ford Design Studios several years ago and auctioned through Christies Auction House for charity. That 
same auction included the famed two seat Ford Mustang III and the Ford Indigo that Jay Leno eventually purchased. This car is Ford's only remaining Bullitt prototype (the original "mule") and 
is in complete working order. Please note the steering wheel that  did not make it into production nor the a one-of-a-kind hand molded hood which is made of a sheet material that is certainly not good for fuel efficiency since it weighs about 55 pounds by itself. 

PS After you've looked at the Bullitt Prototype photos, cursor down,  stay a while ,and read about THE CORNFIELD, the re-make of the Steve McQueen legend and his connection to the NEW Mustang.

NOW! CLICK HERE to watch 10:47 of the most famous car chase in movie history. Better than "Popeye" Doyle in The French Connection. You can skip the commercial in a few seconds BUT DON'T SKIP THE CHASE.

2000 Mustang Bullitt GT Coupe

Model Year History Overview:
Total 2000 Mustang “Bullitt” Production:  5,582     
GT model came in only three colors:

Dark Highland Green:  3,041
True Blue:  723
Black:    1,818
This Prototype Originally Sold To: Sam H Pack
Shipped to: Five Star Ford Carrollton, TX
This vehicle is a prototype concept car developed only to test market acceptance and media reaction at major auto shows. This vehicle is not “street legal”
MSRP Base Price (production models):  $26,320.00

This Prototype: Priceless

The Cornfield
Almost as an homage to the 1989 film Field Of Dreams, Ford Motor Company's Cornfield commercial for the introduction of the all new 2005 Mustang was an "If you build it HE will come" episode.  In it, a farmer builds a winding racetrack in the middle of his cornfield, which seems to be in the middle of nowhere.  Then, out of his traditional red barn comes the untraditional but distinctive sound of an over-reved, double overhead cam V/8 and the farmer is off.  Or is he?  Taking the new Pony to the starting line, the driver gets out of the car and looks for the mysterious to happen almost as Kevin Costner waited for "Shoeless" Joe Jackson to come play ball. Down the track a figure steps out of the deep corn lining the road and stands his ground in the middle of the track.  The shape takes on a more clear form as it narrows the distance between each other and then, for those of us who remember, there is the unmistakable Frank Bullitt. 

With just a "McQueen type" snap of the wrist to indicate to the farmer that "I want the keys", Frank Bullitt comes to life doing what he does best...driving hard in a Mustang GT. The commercial, from advertising agency J. Walter Thompson and production company Believe Media, took more than 6 weeks of pre and post production computer work in addition to the over two-weeks of actual shooting.  The live shots were done in Chilliwack, British Columbia (about 60 miles east of Vancouver) on the 360 acre farm of David & Fran Vander Kooi.  (British Columbia is often used for film work due to its picturesque settings and the Canadian's favorable exchange rates). Cut from a 75 acre cornfield, the track was molded after famed Willow Springs International Raceway near Santa Clarita, CA.  So meticulous was the film crew that some ears of corn were hand picked to make each scene perfect.  Just as meticulous was the cleanup after filming and so-much-so that Ford Motor Company paid to have the track ripped up after filimg and for re-planting the field. While he wouldn't disclose how much money he received as compensation, Vander Kooi didn't deny that for two weeks, his little piece of Chilliwack might have been another field of dreams.
Want to see the actual commercial? CLICK HERE
Contributing: The Associated Press

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