The other day, when we wrote about a video by Ford spokesperson and lethal human weapon Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson that appeared to blow the lid off a special “Bullitt-edition” Ford Mustang being designed in-secret, one rather cultured commenter on our official Facebook page pointed out that the Steve McQueen film Bullitt to which the car pays homage turns 50 next year.
In other words, the Ford Mustang Bullitt could come along just in time for the 50th anniversary of the movie for which it’s named. Moreover, seeing how Ford Motor Company adores anniversaries – and especially golden anniversaries – the chances of a new Bullitt-edition Mustang actually making it to market skyrocket.
Really, think about it: A 50th Anniversary Edition of the Ford Mustang GT landed at dealerships back in 2014, produced in limited numbers totaling 1964. The Shelby GT350 Mustang, launched in 2015, hit the scene in time for that car’s 50th birthday, and the Shelby GT-H revealed at New York last year rang in 50 years of the Shelby GT350-H. And of course, 50 years after winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race for the first time in 1966, the automaker went and did it again in 2016 with an all-new GT race car.
So, 50 years after the theatrical release of Bullitt, which boasted one of the greatest cinematic car chases of all-time, we wouldn’t be at all surprised to see a new dark green, limited-edition Bullitt Mustang hit the streets for 2018. (And by the way, the Shelby GT500 Mustang celebrates its 50th this year, while the Boss 302 turns 50 in 2019. Take that for what it’s worth.)
(Hat tip to Mr. James B.)