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If you want to keep a secret, chances are the Kiernan clan can keep it for you. In case you missed it, a 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt rolled out in time for the 50th anniversary of the 1968 classic Steve McQueen film. McQueen's granddaughter Molly introduced it at this year's Detroit auto show, but the real star of the show was a rusty 1968 Mustang in Highland Green that is one of two cars used in the movie. Sean Kiernan, of Nashville, Tennessee, is the lucky owner.
McQueen drove this Mustang for many of the close-up scenes in the movie. The second car used during the filming of Bullitt was modified for use for the film's wild stunt scenes. It was recently discovered in Mexico in poor condition. Kiernan's parents, Robert and Robbie, of Madison, New Jersey bought the car in 1974 from a detective for about six grand and it has stayed in the family ever since.
The car was used mainly as a daily driver for many years before it went into storage during the 1980s. It is estimated now to be worth $4 million dollars, but the Kiernans have no plans to sell it. “It means way too much to me,” Sean Kiernan recently told the Detroit Free Press.
Even Steve McQueen tried to buy the car back in 1977 from the Kiernans and the family surprisingly said “no thanks” to his generous and substantial offer. “For decades, our car has been the subject of numerous rumors, myths, and dead-end searches. These stories evolved and took on a life of their own and the car became something of a holy grail in the old car world-waiting to be rediscovered,” said Sean Kiernan in a statement.
“Today we revealed the car to the general public and it is pretty much the way my parents bought it back in 1974.” Since it was used for filming, there was no soundproofing and the trunk had a huge cut out for a smoke machine. The badges were all removed and the paint was scoured to make it look dull for filming.
The family's plans to restore the Mustang were sadly put on hold when Robert was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and later passed away in 2014. Eventually the family contacted the Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) in Washington, D.C. and the Mustang has now become the twenty-first vehicle to join the prestigious program.
An HVA documentary, “Little Pieces: The Untold Story of the Bullitt Mustang”, is in the works and expected to be released later this year. A national tour for the coolest Mustang ever built is planned by HVA as well. The Bullitt Mustang can be seen inside the Cobo Center at the Detroit auto show through January 28.
Hot on the heels of Mercedes-Benz' recent sneak peak at the next-gen G-Class, the German automaker confirmed the all-new Geländewagen will officially break cover for the first time at the 2018 Detroit auto show later this month. As is usually the case with teasers, we don't see much of the SUV. As a nod to its approaching debut in the frigid Motor City, our early glimpse of the G is viewed through a blizzard, with digital snowfall obscuring everything but a few slices of the rear-three-quarters view.
Even through the white-out, it's clear the boxy proportions of the test-mule we saw earlier weren't deceptive. Mercedes appears to have made the correct decision and kept the slab-sided styling for at least another generation, eschewing the modern trend of smooth, rounded crossover-type designs. When the G-Class does storm the stage in Detroit, we expect to get a full run-down of the engines available. Mercedes already confirmed the addition of the current 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic in the new SUV, but was mum on any potential powertrains. Our best guess falls with at least the ubiquitous 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged M176 V-8 from the last gen, and perhaps a high-output twin-turbo V-6 for the base. Hop up to the all-but-confirmed G63 and G65, and power should come from a hotter tune of the 4.0-liter and a twin-turbocharged V-12, respectively. Look for the full reveal of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class later this month at the 2018 Detroit auto show. The post Mercedes-Benz Confirms the 2019 G-Class Will Debut in Detroit appeared first on Motor Trend.
When movie vehicles aren't needed anymore, many end up rotting in desolate junk yards, only to be discovered decades later in terrible condition. Depending on the film it starred in and its popularity, a movie car can fetch reasonably good money from collectors. That was the case with this DeLorean time machine from Back to the Future Part III, which sold for a cool $541,000. Owner Bill Shea paid that amount when the DeLorean from Back to the Future III was auctioned off for charity back in 2011. According to Shea, this is the only screen-used Back to the Future DeLorean time machine in the hands of a private owner. This isn't just any DeLorean time machine, thoughit's a DeLorean dune buggy. If you have seen the film you may remember the DeLorean jumping through the desert like a Baja race truck. This particular DeLorean has been highly modified for the movie with a full roll bar, Volkswagen suspension, steering, and an old Beetle engine and manual transmission. It may have worked great on camera in 1991, but 26 years later the stunt car isn't quite as easy to drive, as the presenter shows in the video. Even the owner admits Back to the Future Part III isn't as iconic a film as the first movie. So why did he pay $541,000 for this DeLorean/VW hybrid? Check out the video below and find out! Source: Aficonauto via YouTube The post Video Tells the Story of the Most Expensive DeLorean Ever Sold appeared first on Motor Trend.