We could go with the same old, same old, and start off this article talking about how awesome the chase scene in 1968’s Bullitt, but if you’re reading this the chances are that you’re already aware of this fact. The movie propelled the Mustang into the forefront of the American movie-going public’s minds, even sparking the idea at Ford Motor Company to release special movie-themed editions of the Mustang over the years.
The blue Charger that followed star Steve McQueen in the scene was destroyed at the end, but not much was ever said about the other Charger seen in the chase scene – the black 1968 Charger R/T that followed star Steve McQueen during the chase scene on the streets of San Francisco to capture footage along with the other cameras filming the movie.
The triple-black R/T 440 four-speed car that was used as the chase camera car was reported found back in October 2008, and ever since longtime Mopar nut and car owner Arnold Welch has been heavily involved in a complete restoration of the machine. The blog does note that it is not certain the car’s history is as stated by the owner, but there’s a long interview with him as to why he believes that this is in fact the car in question.
Engine Labs Editor Mike Magda has done research on the movie in the past that leaves him with the same questions. Regardless, you movie and Mopar nuts will enjoy reading back though the history of what could be a very rare car – one of one.There are plenty of questions surrounding its provenance, and our very own
Are we equipped to say that it’s worth the cool million bucks that Welch wants for it? That’s not for us to determine, but there just might be a Mopar collector out there who has to have this car for his collection. Is it you?