Here are some good articles about the movie hero car.
The Original Bullitt Mustang Has Come Out of Hiding
Trust me, the collector car world is full of flippers, pimps, and thieves. The sharks are gathering. For this guy's sake, I hope the Ford museum made an offer he couldn't refuse.There are always two sides to the story. Sean's dad was not the ogre that the car press made him out to be. Also the car was in pieces by 2001 so it would have been difficult to bring it out before then. Judging by the last paragraph in the Haggerty article it will likely be sold at some point. Unless it is picked up by a museum it will fall back behind the curtain....
Sean mentions that in his interview with someone, that it is a replacement steering wheel. Unmentioned is that his grandfather backed a tractor into it while stored in the barn. There is a picture somewhere here and it shows the car without the front bumper and pan. Those were replaced recently, hence the bumper is very shiny and the rear bumper is rusty. Also, I notice the back panel isn't black, but the car was repainted by the Warner Brothers shop prior to sale by them years ago. I guess that makes the exact color of that piece a moot and unsupportable point. Also, the movie car in the movie has the tail lite bezels painted. They are once again, chrome. Could it be they were sprayed with that film industry water color? It's a matte finish and washes away with some scrubbing...0It says the wood steering wheel was stolen in transit but in the movie you can clearly see it is the black Shelby steering wheel that is in the car Steve is driving
Unless this one is a replacement Shelby wheel now but it never was a wood wheel during filming makes you wonder if there are other inaccurate parts to the story.
The Henry Ford Museum would be a fitting place for it. If it must belong to an individual then someone like Jay Leno would be my pick. A true enthusiast, who met McQueen, who drives all his vehicles, and who would do the car justice. The idea of it going to offshore, especially to a place with no cultural affinity to the USA (like the Middle East or Asia) is just awful. Maybe even Canada or Australia etc, but China? YUK! However the current owner seems pretty decent and right into the car so hopefully he won't just sell out, possibly even making a condition of sale where the owner resides etc.My concern about the possible sale the Hero car is where it will wind up.
The Corvette Museum ? Not likely, but a scary thought none the less.....
Saudi Arabia, Asia??? Far away from the American public.......ARGH! I am praying that the Henry Ford Museum can make some sort of arrangement to keep it there in Detroit, or if not them at least available in an L.A. faciilty open to the viewing public.
Well that explains the rocker panel trims being shiny polished metal. I'll have to look into the rear quarter panel C curve ornaments a bit further, to see if they were painted over in the movie. You can see them alright, particularly at the start just before he drives off under the overpass. But not sure if they are unpainted or not. Glorious Technicolor not being todays HD!The car was reconditioned by a local body shop prior to being sold. It included replacing the bright trim work, grill, driver's side mirror and antenna. Sean stated that there has been some serious bondo work done to the car. This may be some of the work done at the shop.
Underside of the car while in the barn. Shows the glass pack mufflers and the camera mounts which are still on the car. It looked like at least some of the exhaust had been replaced when the car was shown in Detroit.Well that explains the rocker panel trims being shiny polished metal. I'll have to look into the rear quarter panel C curve ornaments a bit further, to see if they were painted over in the movie. You can see them alright, particularly at the start just before he drives off under the overpass. But not sure if they are unpainted or not. Glorious Technicolor not being todays HD!
Not sure where the Bondo went! Still plenty of movie spec dents in the old girl. Perhaps there was rust in the rockers from that wonderful NJ winter weather? Again that would tie into why the rocker trims were replaced.
Personally I'd love to see an in depth expose on the technical details. Like exactly what changes were made and some more photos (like some of the underside). Now perhaps we can see if the subframes had connectors, were headers fitted etc. The motor looks like its had some paint at some stage, so who knows if that's all per the movie. The overall patina suggests it hasn't been changed too much. That "buyers remorse"magazine article when the detective owned it showed it with the OEM type square side mirror, so I guessed the little "Yankee Metal Products" one is long gone.