According to Automotive News, Ford Motor Company is planning a surprise reveal of an all-new Ford Mustang “Bullitt Edition” at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit this month. Bullitt, the 1968 thriller film starring Steve McQueen, this year celebrates its 50th anniversary, so the timing would be sensible.
Ford first offered a Bullitt Mustang in 2001, shod in dark green paint like that worn by the 1968 Ford Mustang GT that Steve McQueen’s character drove in the movie, and featuring a revised suspension setup for improved handling. The limited-edition Bullitt Mustang reappeared in 2008 for the film’s 40th anniversary, again featuring dark green paint and an enhanced suspension, along with black five-spoke wheels with polished lips, and a modest bump in power.
The anticipated 2018 Bullitt Mustang first became the subject of rumors when some very Bullitt-esque car sketches at a Ford design facility found their way into a video with Ford celebrity spokesperson Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson last February. A potential pre-production car was later spotted in a parking garage in Chicago, and a Barrett-Jackson auction lot description for a “special new Ford Mustang” being sold for charity popped up earlier this week.