Burt Reynolds Bandit car wasn’t the original from the movie, those were both destroyed. They were replicas and also there were 10’s of thousands of “Bandit” edition Trans Ams.
Bullitt ‘559 is perhaps the most significant original movie car in existence and having been the subject of such great mystery all these decades has only increased its potential value. Also a Steve McQueen owned Ferrari sold for $10 million 5 years ago.
I think ‘559 will sell for at least 5 million and my official guess is $7 million.
I have to agree.
Think about it, every James Bond car that comes up for auction goes for millions, the last Aston went for $6.3+ million USD, the one before $4.6 USD back in 2010. And there are quite a few Bond cars... They are nowhere near as exclusive as #559.
There was only one Bullitt movie and only 2 Mustangs, and the other is really nothing more than a shell. When finished it will be largely a replica.
There was only one Steve McQueen, the king of cool, (and some of the Bonds were total nonces IMHO, only Connery had enough 60's tough / cool about him, to compare with McQueen, I mean did any of us really want to be ponce like Roger Moore or a weedy metro like Pierce Brosnan? - give me a break!).
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That plus all the 50 year anniversary hoopla etc and I'm picking it'll go well into the millions.
I only hope it stays stateside and with someone worthy, like say Jay Leno, or the Peterson Museum etc. I'd hate to see it go to some Chinese billionaire or a middle east oil brat.
I hope the family puts some riders on the auction, to that effect.