When Ford rolled out the 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt Edition at the Detroit auto show in 2018, it pulled out all the stops and rolled out the original 1968 Bullitt Mustang-owned by the Kiernan family since the 1970s-alongside it. Many say that the original Bullitt was the true star that day, upstaging Ford's newest Mustang model. Sean Kiernan, who helped keep his dad's secret for decades, is now the main caretaker of the Bullitt movie car and had been working with Ford for the better part of a year to have the original Bullitt in Detroit for the big unveiling.
Since then Sean and the Bullitt movie "hero" car have been on a whirlwind tour encompassing four corners of the U.S. and abroad to share the Bullitt with fans everywhere. From sitting on display, encased in a see-through display box, at the National Mall in Washington, D.C, for National Mustang Day, to making a run up the hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England, and of course SEMA and other major automotive events, Sean and his Bullitt have met thousands of enthusiasts and left incredible memories with fans everywhere over the last two years.© Hot Rod Network Staff
So why sell it? The last two years have been unreal, for sure, but it has also taken its toll on Sean and his family. With a third child due any day and a horse farm to run, being on the road weeks at a time to tell the Bullitt story has worn on him. Sean first lent the car to LeMay-America's Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, for a few months to see if he could "live without it" and found he could. Obviously, having the car on loan to a museum is different than selling it outright to some stranger, but it showed Sean and his family that they could move on and let someone else enjoy the Bullitt car.© Hot Rod Network Staff
The Bullitt Mustang "hero" car from the movie has been consigned to Mecum Auctions and is one of its main attractions for its Kissimmee, Florida, auction that begins January 2 and runs through January 12, 2020. The Bullitt is scheduled to cross the auction block sometime Friday, January 10, and most interesting of all is that Sean has decided to offer the car at no reserve! Bullitt enthusiasts from all over are converging on the auction site for a meet and greet with Sean and other notable Mustang personalities involved in the car, such as Kevin Marti of Marti Auto Works, the day before Bullitt goes across the stage. Hosted by Hoondog Performance Group, it's sure to be a can't-miss event both days! This should be exciting for Mustang enthusiasts all over the world, and HOT ROD will be there to cover it!
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