The claims made in that story have already been investigated by vintage-Ford expert Kevin Marti, who went across the border to Mexicali to see the alleged Bullitt Mustang himself, reports Fox News. And, according to him, the Mustang is indeed one of the original stunt cars from the movie.
“I’m 100 percent sure it’s authentic,” Mr. Marti told Fox.
The car was apparently first discovered by one Hugo Sanchez in Baja California Sur, although Mr. Sanchez had no clue at the time that the Mustang had such an important history. He took it to custom-shop owner Ralph Garcia, Jr. to have it transformed into a clone of the Shelby GT500 “Eleanor” from Gone In 60 Seconds, but upon learning that the car was Hollywood royalty, decided against it.
“It’s not the first time one of these old movie cars showed up in a junkyard, but it’s rare,” says Kevin Marti. He is certain that the VIN plate, which matches the VIN of one of the two Mustang examples used in filming Bullitt, is authentic.
Now, Hugo Sanchez and Ralph Garcia, Jr. co-own the Mustang, and Garcia is sourcing the parts to restore the car to how it was in 1968, when Bullitt was released. It’s already received a fresh coat of green paint and a replica license plate. Fox reports that Garcia is going to seek out input from Ford throughout the restoration so that everything is done properly.
When completed, there’s no telling how much this Bullitt Ford Mustang will be worth, but Fox News suggests it could be in the millions.