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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 11-13-2014, 04:04 AM Thread Starter
 
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Bullitt Replica or Keep Original?

Hello fellow Bullitt and Mustang lovers!

I am new to the forum but not new to mustangs! I used to have a 92 Fox 5.0 convertible and now I'm a proud owner of a 68 Fastback 289. It is a dream come true to finally own a 68 fastback. My desire for it came after watching the movie Bullitt, of course! I always assumed that whenever I had the 68, I would turn it into a bullitt replica. But now I find myself with a good problem. Either to make a bullitt replica or keep it an original 68 Gulfstream Aqua Fastback. As you can see it is in pretty good shape to begin with. I didn't like the color in the beginning but it has grown on me. I don't see very much aqua mustangs around but I'm sure bullitt replicas are rare also.

My plan for this car is to enjoy it for a few decades then most likely sell it and donate the money to charity organizations. Do you guys think keeping it in somewhat original condition will increase the value or will a bullitt replica be just as valuable?

I'm trying to decide if I should keep it as is, or to make it into a bullitt replica.

Thanks for your opinions guys. I've always enjoyed reading this forum.




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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 11-13-2014, 05:45 AM
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Hello fellow Bullitt and Mustang lovers!

I am new to the forum but not new to mustangs! I used to have a 92 Fox 5.0 convertible and now I'm a proud owner of a 68 Fastback 289. It is a dream come true to finally own a 68 fastback. My desire for it came after watching the movie Bullitt, of course! I always assumed that whenever I had the 68, I would turn it into a bullitt replica. But now I find myself with a good problem. Either to make a bullitt replica or keep it an original 68 Gulfstream Aqua Fastback. As you can see it is in pretty good shape to begin with. I didn't like the color in the beginning but it has grown on me. I don't see very much aqua mustangs around but I'm sure bullitt replicas are rare also.

My plan for this car is to enjoy it for a few decades then most likely sell it and donate the money to charity organizations. Do you guys think keeping it in somewhat original condition will increase the value or will a bullitt replica be just as valuable?

I'm trying to decide if I should keep it as is, or to make it into a bullitt replica.

Thanks for your opinions guys. I've always enjoyed reading this forum.




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It's your car, money and time, do what you would like. That being said, I don't ever recall seeing that color, plus, as you said, the car is in decent shape. Keeping it as is has merit.


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Decisions-Decisions! Good Luck with your final decision. Either way it's a win win situation with the Gulfstream Aqua color or Highland Green!
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We are rather biased here, and before I saw the photo of your 68 I would have said "Bullitt Replica". But that "Gulfstream Aqua" paint really catches the eye.

As the owner of an all original True Blue Bullitt I appreciate originality.

So I would keep the original paint code and improve (modernize) the brakes and suspension and freshen up the original powertrain.

In the end it's your car, enjoy it and don't worry about what it wil be worth in 20 years.
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I'd be inclined to keep it original all the way, it being so gorgeous, with a couple of exceptions. Brakes and steering. Definitely upgrade those puppies.

Oh, I love the aqua. In the day I didn't care for it, but it is now one of my favorites...talk about growing on me!

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Welcome to IMBOC! Love the colour.


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if it is needing body or paint work, I would say change , if it doesn't = leave original

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A very wise person said "it's only that way once". I'm leaning to keeping it as it is if it's numbers matching etc., etc.


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Hello guys!

Thank you for all of your responses. Everyone made a valid point. The more I look at it, the more I like the Aqua.. As of right now I will just do the minor things to keep it running well. brakes, suspension, etc..

I hope you guys do not mind the company of non-bullitt fastback in your forum. After all it was the movie that started it all for me.
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Makes no difference to me. After all, the movie car was basically just a warmed over and modded stock 390 GT.

It could have been aqua if that's what Ford gave Solar Production company back in the day. Beyond that, I don't even want to contemplate where that could lead for the cars we have now.

Okay, I will contemplate it: Imagine, an aqua New Edge Mustang GT with special bits and warmed over engine!

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Great looking '68! I'd say leave it as is. That color is really sharp.


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I'm liking that aqua.

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I dig the aqua. If no major body work is needed? Leave it be. Like all else have been saying, just upgrade and retro fit a few item for reliability and cruise on. In the end though it is your Mustang and you are the one driving and gazing at it.
And I don't think many will mind a non-Bullitt Mustang here. There are several on the site and nobody seems to care. Heck, there is even a gent building a modded up Bullitt Charger tribute.

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You should talk to Frank (Pronkie1). He has a '68 Gulfstream Aqua Coupe.

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