The original Ford Mustang GT “hero car” from the 1968 Steve McQueen film Bullitt will make its international debut this weekend at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex, England. The car, which was long presumed lost or destroyed, quietly underwent a mechanical restoration before being unveiled to the world at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, where it appeared alongside an all-new “Bullitt Edition” Ford Mustang.
As the true star of one of American cinema’s most acclaimed car chase scenes, the Highland Green 1968 Ford Mustang GT Bullitt hero car is sure to make a splash when it participates in the famous Goodwood Hillclimb.
And just as at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, the original Bullitt Mustang will be accompanied by its modern-day counterpart: the all-new, 480-horsepower Bullitt Edition Mustang. Ordering banks are now open for that special, limited-edition model, and the first production examples have started reaching dealerships.
Still other notable, desirable Ford machines are slated to appear at this year’s Goodwood Festival, including the Ford GT supercar – to be driven on the Hillclimb by Ford Chip Ganassi WEC racing drivers Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell – and the one-of-one, 700-horsepower Eagle Squadron Mustang GT, which will be piloted by pro Formula Drift driver Vaughn Gittin Jr. That car will be shipped back to the United States straight away after the event, so that it can be auctioned at this year’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh to raise money for youth aviation education programs.
Finally, the M-Sport Ford Fiesta World Rally Championship car will make its Hillclimb and Forest Rally Stage debuts at this year’s Goodwood Festival, with M-Sport Ford World Rally Team drivers Sebastien Ogier and Elfyn Evans at the wheel.
The 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed is scheduled to run from July 12th through the 15th, and if you can’t make it, don’t worry; the event will have plenty of video coverage for you to indulge in from the comfort of your own home.