Friday, 5 April 2013

Dodge Charger from Steve McQueen's Bullitt goes on sale

Dodge Charger from Steve McQueen's Bullitt goes on sale

One of two surviving Dodge Chargers from the iconic 1960s cop movie Bullitt has gone on sale via American car collector's marketplace Hemmings.

The car was used in the film's most famous scenes where a cool McQueen can be seen leaping and screeching through the streets of San Francisco in his green Ford Mustang fastback.

His assassin pursuers were behind the wheel of this - a gorgeous 1968 Dodge Charger R/T, whose 440bhp V8 engine mated to a four-speed transmission did a good job keeping up with Detective Frank Bullitt's hasty Mustang.

The chase scenes became a benchmark in Hollywood as McQueen and his stunt men reached highly illegal speeds on real roads to properly capture the essence of a high-speed car chase.

This particular model is just one of two surviving chase cars and it only has 62,000 miles on the clock.

The interior and exterior are immaculate thanks to a complete rebuild and restoration over in the States.

The car is one sale for a cool million dollars and collectors with spare cash to burn will have to head to Tuscon, Arizona if they fancy kicking the tyres.

It seems an eye-watering price to pay for vintage American muscle, considering a Charger of a similar age can be picked up for around $50,000, but those who appreciate Steve McQueen and the impact he had on the action genre will surely dig deep to own a slice of history.

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