Holley and Keystone Team Up to Take Original Bullitt Mustang to the BIG Show

By: Todd Veney03/06/2018 < Back to Blog Home
Off the radar for four decades, the original '68 Mustang GT fastback driven by Steve McQueen in the 1968 movie Bullitt was displayed at the Keystone BIG Show at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas. The iconic machine hadn't been seen in 40 years until its celebrated unveiling earlier this year at the North American International Auto Show as part of Ford's announcement of a special-edition Bullitt Mustang to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the film.

"The Bullitt Mustang is a treasure of the performance aftermarket," said Jason Bruce, Holley Vice President – Business Development. "It's one of the coolest movie cars ever and I personally was influenced by the movie. I'm a lifelong Mustang enthusiast in large part because of the Bullitt Mustang. Holley and Keystone have a longstanding relationship and we hope it brought lots of excitement to Keystone customers. We were honored to have it in our booth."

Estimated to be worth $4-5 million, the world-famous muscle car has been part of the Kiernan family since owner Sean Kiernan's father Bob bought it from a classified ad in Road & Track magazine in 1974. It was one of two fastbacks used in the making of the legendary film. The other, trashed in the high-flying chase scenes through the streets of San Francisco that made the movie famous, ended up in the crusher after filming was complete.

"We were really excited to bring Bullitt to the BIG Show, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the generous support of Holley," said Bill Rogers, Keystone Vice President and General Manager. "To give our customers the chance to see this very rare piece of American automobile heritage in person was thrilling. For most of our guests, it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and definitely worth the trip to Texas to see."

The Bullitt Mustang is just the 21st vehicle listed on the National Historic Vehicle Register, joining the Marmon Wasp that won the 1911 Indianapolis 500, the Gypsy Rose '64 Impala, the "Boyle Special" '38 Maserati, and the '64 Shelby Cobra, among others. "Being a Keystone cousin – I’m an LKQ employee – it’s fantastic that the timing of the event and the attention the car is getting are so well aligned," said Kiernan.