Number 2 in the Series, the Property of Molly McQueen,2001 Ford Mustang Bullitt Edition  Chassis no. 1FAFP42X31F213441
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Number 2 in the Series, the Property of Molly McQueen, 2001 Ford Mustang Bullitt Edition
Chassis no. 1FAFP42X31F213441
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Number 2 in the Series, the Property of Molly McQueen,2001 Ford Mustang Bullitt Edition  Chassis no. 1FAFP42X31F213441 Number 2 in the Series, the Property of Molly McQueen,2001 Ford Mustang Bullitt Edition  Chassis no. 1FAFP42X31F213441 Number 2 in the Series, the Property of Molly McQueen,2001 Ford Mustang Bullitt Edition  Chassis no. 1FAFP42X31F213441 Number 2 in the Series, the Property of Molly McQueen,2001 Ford Mustang Bullitt Edition  Chassis no. 1FAFP42X31F213441 Number 2 in the Series, the Property of Molly McQueen,2001 Ford Mustang Bullitt Edition  Chassis no. 1FAFP42X31F213441 Number 2 in the Series, the Property of Molly McQueen,2001 Ford Mustang Bullitt Edition  Chassis no. 1FAFP42X31F213441 Number 2 in the Series, the Property of Molly McQueen,2001 Ford Mustang Bullitt Edition  Chassis no. 1FAFP42X31F213441 Number 2 in the Series, the Property of Molly McQueen,2001 Ford Mustang Bullitt Edition  Chassis no. 1FAFP42X31F213441
Number 2 in the Series, the Property of Molly McQueen
2001 Ford Mustang Bullitt Edition
Chassis no. 1FAFP42X31F213441
Ford Motor Company chose the Los Angeles International Auto Show in 2000 to unveil the prototype for a limited series of Mustangs that would be an homage to the 1968 Mustang GT Fastback driven by Steve McQueen’s character, Lt. Frank Bullitt, in arguably the most famous and exciting chase scene ever filmed. The chase itself consumes seven minutes on screen – and that’s after a 3 1/2 minute lead-in as the two cars, McQueen’s Mustang and the killers’ Charger R/T 440 hardtop, cruise through the San Francisco hills in an ultra cool game of cat and mouse. It is a legend.

Only 5,521 of those hunky special 2001 Mustang Bullitts were built, liveried in the famous Dark Highland Green, but the concept and its realization proved to be so popular that an avid following and enthusiastic owners’ club sprang up. Its popularity and reputation was such that Ford reprised the concept for 2008.

In order to acquire the rights to use the Bullitt and Steve McQueen’s identity Ford ponied up the first two cars in the 2001 Mustang Bullitt series. The first one went to McQueen’s son Chad. The number two Mustang Bullitt was earmarked for Chad’s sister Terry but she passed away before receiving it and it passed to her daughter Molly. It is the car offered here, having covered at the time of cataloging only 35 miles from new.

The 2001 Mustang Bullitt is true to the concept of the original 1968 Mustang GT. Legendary road racer and specials builder Max Balchowsky modified both the Mustang and the Charger for the movie, beefing up the suspensions for better high speed handling. The 2001 Mustang Bullitt got the same treatment, lowered 3/4” to drop the center of gravity and give it the menacing stance that characterized Lt. Bullitt’s Mustang in the film. The rocker panels, C-pillars and quarter panels also have been cleaned up. The front is a plain, blacked-out grille. Seventeen inch Torque Thrust 5-spoke alloy wheels are fitted, along with serious tires, brushed aluminum outside fuel filler and subtle “Bullitt” identification to complete the look.

In keeping with Balchowsky’s engine modifications on the movie Mustang, the 2001 Mustang Bullitt has double 57mm bore throttle bodies borrowed from the SVT Mustang (265 horsepower at 5,000 rpm) and a revised intake manifold with better torque characteristics (305 lb-ft at 4,000 rpm.)

The chassis gets the Balchowsky-esque treatment, too, starting with revised struts and shocks, special stabilizer bars matched to the lowered suspension, subframe connectors to stiffen the chassis and 13” Brembo front brakes. The exhaust system is special, giving the Mustang Bullitt a unique tone.

Inside, Dark Charcoal leather bucket seats, brushed aluminum accents, white-faced gauges and Bullitt identification ensure the driver won’t forget, even sitting still, that this is a special, limited production Mustang. Ford even relocated the brake and clutch pedals for easier heel-and-toe action entering corners. It is, in fact, one of the best combined appearance/function packages in Mustang history, a combination that looks serious and has the performance and handling to back up its looks.

Only two Mustang GTs were built for the movie, just as only two Mustang Bullitts were built for the McQueen family. One of the movie cars didn’t survive being bashed and slammed over San Francisco’s hills. The other has disappeared into a very secretive East Coast owner’s collection where it has been secreted now for three decades, completely hidden from public view. Oral history has it that even Steve McQueen was denied a look at the car.

That’s not the case here where the Terry and Molly McQueen 2001 Ford Mustang Bullitt is ready to star in a modern collector’s collection, a tribute to the King of Cool, his family, and the best movie chase scene ever filmed. It is essentially brand new and comes directly from Molly McQueen, having been freshened and serviced after its long period in storage.
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