'Bullitt' Mustang sells for $ 3.74 million at Florida auction


The Highland Green 1968 Ford Mustang GT featured in the film “Bullitt” has sold at a Florida auction dwelling for $3.74 million

January 10, 2020, 11: 56 PM

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. — The Highland Green 1968 Ford Mustang GT featured in the film “Bullitt” changed into once sold Friday at a Florida auction dwelling for $3.74 million.

The sale at Mecum Kissimmee marks the most costly Mustang ever sold, surpassing a 1967 Shelby GT500 Huge Snake that sold final one year for $2.2 million, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

Owner Sean Kiernan, alongside with his sister Kelly Cotton utilizing shotgun, drove the vehicle across the auction block at Silver Spurs Enviornment after which addressed a crowd of about 25,000 earlier than the bidding began.

“This vehicle had sold twice in its lifestyles, it’s been in my family for 45 years. Every time it has sold, it changed into once $3,500,” Kiernan said. “So we’re going to originate up it off at that trace and scamper from there.”

The auction dwelling posted an 11-minute video of the auction onYouTube.

Bidding surpassed $3 million in the predominant minute. The tip drawl went to and fro between any individual contemporary and a bidder on the phone for diverse minutes earlier than the thriller purchaser on the phone won, agreeing to pay $3.4 million plus a 10 p.c purchaser’s top rate.

Kiernan’s father, Robert, sold the vehicle after seeing an ad in a 1974 predicament of “Aspect road & Music.” The New Jersey family dilapidated it as a day to day commuter till the take cling of gave out in 1980. Within the gradual 1970s, Steve McQueen, who performed the title personality in “Bullitt,” tracked down the Kiernans and asked if he might maybe well well reclaim the muscle vehicle in return for a equal Mustang. His pleas went unanswered.

Robert and Sean Kiernan began working on the Mustang in 2001. After Robert Kiernan’s loss of life in 2014, Sean Kiernan executed the vehicle and published it to the sector. Following the vehicle’s sale, Sean Kiernan said he doesn’t keep in mind a dearer Mustang will ever be sold.

“As a long way as Mustangs scamper, here is it. With dad being down in the fable books without end, that’s what matters to me,” he said. “I’ve been at peace with the sale for doubtlessly eight months now. We’re perfect-searching having enjoyable with this.”

ABC News

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