KISSIMMEE, Fla. — The Highland Green 1968 Ford Mustang GT featured inside the film “Bullitt” was purchased Friday at a Florida auction dwelling for $3.74 million.
The sale at Mecum Kissimmee marks the most expensive Mustang ever purchased, surpassing a 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake that purchased the ultimate 12 months for $2.2 million, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
Owner Sean Kiernan, alongside along with his sister Kelly Cotton utilizing a shotgun, drove the automotive all through the auction block at Silver Spurs Arena after which addressed a crowd of about 25,000 sooner than the bidding started.
“This car had sold twice in its life, it’s been in my family for 45 years. Each time it has sold, it was $3,500,” Kiernan talked about. “So we’re going to start it off at that price and go from there.”
The auction dwelling posted an 11-minute video of the auction on YouTube.
Bidding surpassed $3 million inside the first minute. The prime bid went backward and forwards between anyone present and a bidder on the phone for numerous minutes sooner than the thriller purchaser on the phone acquired, agreeing to pay $3.4 million-plus a 10 % purchaser’s premium.
Kiernan’s father, Robert, bought the automotive after seeing an advert in a 1974 problem of “Road & Track.” The New Jersey family used it as an on a regular basis commuter till the clutch gave out in 1980. In the late 1970s, Steve McQueen, who carried out the title character in “Bullitt,” tracked down the Kiernans and requested if he might reclaim the muscle automotive in return for an identical Mustang. His pleas went unanswered.
Robert and Sean Kiernan began engaged within the Mustang in 2001. After Robert Kiernan’s lack of life in 2014, Sean Kiernan accomplished the automotive and revealed it to the world. Following the automotive’s sale, Sean Kiernan talked about he doesn’t assume a dearer Mustang will ever be purchased.
“As far as Mustangs go, this is it. With dad being down in the record books forever, that’s what matters to me,” he talked about. “I’ve been at peace with the sale for probably eight months now. We’re just having fun with this.”