After filming wrapped on Bullitt, the Mustang – which bears telling modifications like reinforced shock towers and a trunk hole for the exhaust from an onboard generator – was sold to a private party. This decision reportedly upset Steve McQueen a great deal, who went about trying to buy back the pony car, to no avail. Somehow, the Mustang-turned-movie-star made its way down to Mexico, where it sat in anonymity for several decades.
And then, Vintage Mustang Forum member Fede Garza happened upon the car in the course of running his fastener-supply business. He inspected the VIN, which matches that of one of the Bullitt movie cars, and took note of the reinforced shock towers and trunk hole. He also posted pictures on the forum, which indeed point toward authenticity.
Garza says that the distinguished, green Ford Mustang was reportedly going to be converted by a local shop into a clone of “Eleanor” – the customized, 1967 Shelby GT500 Mustang that starred in the 2000 remake of Gone in 60 Seconds. Thankfully, it has apparently been saved from that fate; The Drive reports that instead, it will now be shipped to the US for restoration.
And hey, just in time for the film’s 50th anniversary next year.