The car was discovered last year in Baja California Sur by Hugo Sanchez, rotting away no drivetrain. Legend had it that the film's primary stunt car had been sent to the junkyard shortly after filming was complete.
Sanchez brought it to a Mexicali custom car shop owned by his friend, Ralph Garcia, Jr., to have it turned into a clone of the similarly-famous “Eleanor” Mustang from the film “Gone in 60 Seconds,” but first sent for a Marti report.
Marti is certain that the VIN plate is original, and he also cross-checked the dates stamped onto the car’s original body panels, some of which were beyond easy repair and had been removed. A few of the modifications made to the car for filming have been preserved, including strut tower reinforcements and holes drilled into the trunk for auxiliary power cables.
A frenzy for all things “Bullitt” should be in full swing by next year, the 50th anniversary of the film’s debut.
When was delivered to a Ford dealership in Mexico for a press conference: