Garage (Mc)Queen: Low Mileage Ford Mustang 'Bullitt' Hits eBay
In the wonderful and often weird world of special edition vehicles, there are certain models that carry far more emotional baggage than others. A "Warner Brothers" Chevy Venture isn't going to stir the soul, unless, of course, you made some really good minivan memories in your adolescence. As for the rest of us, the special editions that get our attention are those with a rich history, usually tied to a the "good 'ol days" in one way or another. Enter the fourth-generation Ford Mustang GT Bullitt. Named for the 1968 film, the '01 Mustang Bullitt pays homage to the legendary 390 fastback Mustang that co-starred along side Steve McQueen. And though the numbers might seem laughable today, they were pretty durn good for the early 'aughts. The 4.6-liter cranked out 265-horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque, good enough for a 5.6 second 0-60 sprint, and a 14 second quarter mile run, according to Motor Trend. These figures are a slight improvement over those of the regular GT, as the Bullitt got a cast-aluminum intake, a twin 57-mm bore throttle body, and high-flow mufflers. In addition to a bit of extra muscle, Bullitt Mustangs also got a lower, firmer suspension setup, unfortunately named 17x8 American Racing "Torque Thrust" wheels, and the larger vented disc brakes off the SVT Cobra. If all that hadn't already made it clear, a blacked out grille, spoiler delete, and brushed aluminum fuel door let everyone know that this ain't your average pony car. The question is: should anyone care? RELATED: See Photos of the Original 1968 Ford Mustang Bullitt GT Fastback
After watching this walk around video a few times, and going through photos included with the eBay listing, I've arrived at the decision that the Bullitt is a car worth noticing. But not necessarily a future classic. Sure, Ford only made 5,582 in total, and 3,041 of those were painted Dark Highland Green, but, 1,819 of them were painted Black, and 722 True Blue.
If you really, really love the film, then green is the only choice considering Det. Frank Bullitt's Mustang was the same color. However, if you're just looking to invest in a unique Mustang, any color will do. It's either that, or you play the long game and pick up this ultra-low mile example out in Las Vegas. With just 1,482 miles on the clock, this car looks brand new, and when it comes to fourth generation Mustangs, that's like finding an untouched Faberge Egg in a McDonalds Playplace ball pit.
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