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$3.74 million for a Mustang!

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    Posted: 11 Jan 2020 at 11:42am
Watched the Mechem auction someone posted on Facebook.   The "Bullet" Mustang that Steve McQueen drove in the movie sold for $3,400,000 plus the 10% sellers fee of $340,000!  Kind of neat story behind it.  After filming ended, a crew member bought the car for $3,500 and drove it for a few years then sold it to a guy in New Jersey, who had always wanted a Mustang fastback, for $3,500.  The new owner and his wife drove it for years, taking the kids to school and shopping etc, until the clutch went out.  It sat in the yard for several years until the son got the car fixed and on the road again.  I'm not sure if they realized how famous the car was but at some time did find out and decided to sell it.  I don't know what the auction co charges to sell a vehicle but they sure came out ahead with that 10% buyers fee!  BTW, the son drove the car onto the auction platform with his sister in the passenger seat.  Took the mic and told the crowd the bidding would start at $3,500, what his dad paid for it, didn't stay there long...
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Red Bank Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Jan 2020 at 3:48pm
I had read about the car in Hagertys magazine the father and son basically had to hide that car from the world because people had been searching for it for years it was like the Holy Grail of mustangs. The son slipped up in a magazine and let it be known that the car actually existed. Aside from the payday I would be relieved to be rid of it because I would constantly be worried about something happening, Fire, theft etc. but I would buy me another fastback mustang to drive everyday lol
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There were originally two. The other was supposedly found in a junk yard in Mexico a few years back.
Reminds me of the Captain America Choppers from Easy Rider. One was stolen and Dan Hagerty (Grizzly Adams) who built them kept the other for years. It sold a few years back for big bucks as well.
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I had read somewhere that one of the cars got beat up pretty good in the chase scene, I suspect it was the one found in Mexico (I had read Missouri).  In any event, even after taxes, the family came out real well.  Basically like winning the lottery except EVERYBODY knows about it.
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The beat up unit was found just over the border in Mexico and was rumored to be 1 of the original 2 for years. Once they got Marti involved, what was left (reportedly not much) was reportedly started with a ground up rotisserie restoration still ongoing in SoCal.
The one just sold, that family took some well given advice and "toured" the car for a couple of years where it was shown in a glass case wherever exhibited, reportedly.
Offers came in repeatedly and it also got Chad McQueen some current press as he was telling how the ol' man could really handle a car, bike, dune buggy, anything.
Reportedly Steve insisted he drive it in all scenes but due to insurance (he owned the production company making the film, it's first under his ownership), he relented except for close-up shots. Seen an interview with the stunt coordinator years ago (that he also rode bikes with) and fella said he did not have to show Steve much other than "keep it mashed to the rev limiter we installed and use all the power". You can actually hear it fluttering in the movie if you look for it.
Funny how all the fakers turn up, although there was a number built with the options.
If you want to check out some neat cars, trucks and bikes, check out BAT.
Stands for "bring a trailer" and you can list any vehicle you want on there auction site.
Neat stories about some rare cars/pickups and they also show what everything sells for.
Mustang pickup anyone? I have had a number of Mustangs over the years but had never heard of the limited production run Ford let an outfit in SoCal build.
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It sounds like a similar thing happened to the motorcycle Steve McQueen had in the movie the great escape it was sold after the movie was finished for a few dollars and ended up being sold for 1.2 m pounds and is in the triumph museum
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the auctioneer that sold it is the one i had for my farm sale retirement auction.  good people the Moravec's are!

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Have worked on the GMC conventional that was in Smokey and the Bandit and I guess the guy still has it to haul grain and such. Doesn't live very far from me. Takes good care of his stuff.     Leon
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Sure would have been great if that truck was powered with a "Big Al".
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I have a picture on my phone of a US Army Harley that Steve McQueen owned, I don't remember if it was in a movie or not, didn't take a picture of the signage next to it.  It is in Steve Tebo's collection in Longmont, CO.  Don't know if it's in this video or not but lots of cool vehicles. www.youtube.com/watch?v=1E5YhlB8L1o  I spent several hours wandering around the place while at a fund raiser for our local Historic Museum.  Only a few tractors, no Allis's.  His family had the Case dealership in Hill City, KS.

In reading about making the Bullet movie, they had to detune the Charger because the Mustang couldn't keep up with it.  I remember talking to someone who lived in San Francisco when they made the movie, said it was pretty exciting to watch the chase being shot. 


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If I had that kind of money I would not be buying a Ford.........well maybe a Raptor..........well maybe a Shelby Cobra too. Ok forget what I said.😆
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Originally posted by JohnCO JohnCO wrote:

I have a picture on my phone of a US Army Harley that Steve McQueen owned, I don't remember if it was in a movie or not, didn't take a picture of the signage next to it.  It is in Steve Tebo's collection in Longmont, CO.  Don't know if it's in this video or not but lots of cool vehicles. <span ="="" fz-ms="" fw-m="" fc-12th="" wr-bw="" lh-17"="" id="yui_3_10_0_1_1578941726222_833">www.youtube.com/watch?v=1E5YhlB8L1o  I spent several hours wandering around the place while at a fund raiser for our local Historic Museum.  Only a few tractors, no Allis's.  His family had the Case dealership in Hill City, KS.
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I doubt they had to detune the charger    Just dont give it as much gas!

In the chase seen the mustang laid out a burn out that was very long, besides they were not even going that fast.
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It was just something I read about filming the chase.  I think the problem was the Charger driver just couldn't keep his foot out of it, trying to make it look real.  They were fast enough to get air several times!  Plus it was shot in several locations which meant shooting one section, resetting the cameras and shooting the next segment then cutting and pasting film to make it look like one long chase.


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I had several '67s, found out they'll fit onto old( '76) Wagoneer frames without major cuttng or welding. Even made a scale model  of this. Thought it'd be a neat 4WD Stang...
this before I got married, bought a house, and ..well... you know the rest...sigh
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That was a good wright up in Hagerty magazine  on the car. Was also on Jay Leno
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I was thinking myself, wouldn't be surprised if Leno wasn't in on the bidding
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Makes u wonder if buyer was at auction .Just had someone doing phone bidding so no one knew he bought it .
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Fred that’s what I heard was only one person there knew who the bidder was. Wouldn’t be surprised if it was Leno but probably some other collector.
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I just read an article where a guy in England got a 67 Mustang and Charger at a race track there and drove them both.  Said the Mustang had lots of power and good steering control, the Charger had more power but it felt like he was driving a hearse, with a water bed in the back...
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We were all Blue Oval back in the day, oldest brother got me hooked on the Mustangs and I have had a number over the years.
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The 1st car of the new series of Corvettes was auctioned off by Barrett-Jackson for $3 million.  Proceeds supposedly went to charity.
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