'Bullitt' Mustang sells for $3.74 million at Florida auction

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    'Bullitt' Mustang sells for $3.74 million at Florida auction

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    People surround the 1968 "Bullitt" Mustang GT car, Friday, Jan 10, 2020 in Kissimmee, Fla. The iconic Highland Green 1968 Mustang GT that once made history for its appearance in the film “Bullitt” is now making history again. It fetched $3.74 million.


    The Highland Green 1968 Ford Mustang GT featured in the film “Bullitt" has sold at a Florida auction house for $3.74 million.

    The sale at Mecum Kissimmee marks the most expensive Mustang ever sold, surpassing a 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake that sold last year for $2.2 million, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

    Owner Sean Kiernan, with his sister Kelly Cotton riding shotgun, drove the car across the auction block at Silver Spurs Arena and then addressed a crowd of about 25,000 before the bidding started.

    “This car had sold twice in its life, it’s been in my family for 45 years. Each time it has sold, it was $3,500,” Kiernan said. “So we’re going to start it off at that price and go from there.”

    Bidding surpassed $3 million in the first minute. The top bid went back and forth between someone present and a bidder on the phone for several minutes before the mystery buyer on the phone won, agreeing to pay $3.4 million plus a 10 percent buyer’s premium.

    Kiernan's father, Robert, bought the car after seeing an ad in a 1974 issue of “Road & Track.” The New Jersey family used it as a daily commuter until the clutch gave out in 1980. In the late 1970s, Steve McQueen, who played the title character in “Bullitt,” tracked down the Kiernans and asked if he could reclaim the muscle car in return for a similar Mustang. His pleas went unanswered.

    Robert and Sean Kiernan began working on the Mustang in 2001. After Robert Kiernan’s death in 2014, Sean Kiernan finished the car and revealed it to the world. Following the car's sale, Sean Kiernan said he doesn’t think a more expensive Mustang will ever be sold.

    “As far as Mustangs go, this is it. With dad being down in the record books forever, that’s what matters to me,” he said. “I’ve been at peace with the sale for probably eight months now. We’re just having fun with this.”

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    Re: 'Bullitt' Mustang sells for $3.74 million at Florida auction

    Damn! Nostalgia is expensive!

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    Some people have more money than sense
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    The old owners owned it for 45 years and it is unrestored. There is 1 car. I don't think you can get much more rare than that. As such, it will always hold its value.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Buttons View Post
    Damn! Nostalgia is expensive!
    If the future of General Motors is said to rely on selling FWD Chevy Bolt golf carts that are losing $9,000 on the roof of every one General Motors sell x 16,418 sales in 2019 = a massive $147,762,000 loss in 2019.

    Thank God it did not sell to well.

    Maybe GM should start punching some of that damm! Nostalgia in to the Chevy Bolts steel body panels, it might help reduce the Chevy Bolts massive $147 million dollars very poor lossability?
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