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Mustang Bullitt’s jaw-dropping sale tag

The remake of Ford’s iconic Mustang Bullitt is living up to the hype.

Ford unveiled the 2018 edition of the car made famous by the eponymous Steve McQueen movie earlier this month to much fanfare at the Detroit Auto Show.

McQueen’s grand daughter Molly McQueen was “reunited with the car” and its modern look which was received well by fans.

So much so that the very first 2018 Ford Mustang Bullitt has sold for US$300,000 (A$375,000) at a Barrett-Jackson auction in Arizona, Top Gear reports.

The auction house promotes itself as “The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions”.

No mention was made of the buyer of the car. However the entire cheque was donated to Boys Republic, a school and treatment program for youth at risk.

“We’ve been given a tremendous opportunity to enrich the lives of so many deserving individuals,” Barrett-Jackson boss Steve Davis said.

Cult movie Bullitt will celebrate its 50th anniversary in October.

Speaking about the film Molly McQueen said: “Now maybe I’m a little bit biased … but it’s crazy you talk to people about great car chase movies and it still remains the gold standard”.

Molly then revealed some secrets that were cut from the movie.

“When I was younger I remember coming across one of the Bullitt scripts in a box in our house. And what really caught my eye … is he’d cross out line after line of his own dialogue,” she said.

“As an actor myself I can tell you that we don’t typically … give ourselves less to say. But he was smart enough and confident enough to strip away everything that was unnecessary, and what was left was thrilling.”

In an era long before product placement — where companies pay big bucks to have their products appear in feature films — Molly said Steve McQueen chose the Mustang for two reasons.

“We all know he loves cars, and truthfully he could have picked any car in the world to be in that movie,” she said.

However, McQueen selected the Mustang for his character Lieutenant Frank Bullitt because: “firstly, it was incredibly important to him to pick a car the average American could afford, especially on a detective’s salary. And second, it’s bad ass”.

The biggest surprise, however, was for Molly.

In the lead-up to this week’s Detroit Auto Show, Ford invited Molly to its design studio on the premise of showing her the new Mustang she would be unveiling.

Instead she was reunited with the original 1968 Mustang her grandfather drove in the film.

The car’s owner Sean Kiernan — who inherited the movie car in 2014 after it had been in his family since 1974 — introduced himself to Molly with a firm handshake.

“As you know there were two original movie cars,” said Kiernan. “One was recently found in Mexico, that was a stunt car. The other one was actually the one your grandfather drove.”

As they walked over to a car under a cover, Kiernan added: “Which kind of ties in with my family. When my dad passed away in 2014 I actually worked on the car your grandfather drove in Bullitt”.

By this time Molly started to twig that she wasn’t about to see the new Mustang Bullitt.

As the covers came off she said: “No way, that’s so cool!”

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