By ReMIND Magazine
The classic San Francisco car chase scene in the movie Bullitt featured Steve McQueen driving a 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback, affectionately known as the Bullitt, being tailed by a 1968 Dodge Charger. Originally, the full-sized Ford Galaxie was supposed to chase the Bullitt, but the car was too heavy for the jumps through the bumpy, mazy streets of San Fran. Made popular by the movie, the second generation Dodge Charger was introduced for wide production in 1968.
Ford reintroduced the 2008 Bullitt after the Mustang’s revival in 2005. The Bullitt’s design was modified to mirror the classic ’68 shape featured in the movie. As in 1968, the car was stripped of badging, scoops and spoilers. The only location on the car boasting the name of this beast is the faux gas cap on the trunk. This limited production run was only available in 2008 and 2009.
Images of window stickers have been popping up on the internet for a 2018 Mustang Bullitt, getting enthusiasts all excited; however, Ford denies the rumors.
… more ’68 muscle
As the youngest division head in General Motors, John DeLorean (remember Back to the Future, anyone?) is widely known as the “father” of the Pontiac GTO. Some credit the GTO for starting the trend of muscle cars, and in ’68 the GTO was Motor Trend’s Car of the Year.
1968 Chevy Camaro
To compete with the Ford Mustang, GM launched the Chevrolet Camaro in 1967. Slight design changes to the grille and taillights were made for the 1968 Camaro. More than 220,000 1968 Camaros were made, signaling to General Motors that the public was hungry for American muscle cars.
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