NEW! Award 35: 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback Bullitt Tribute – Sold?

Feb 2020 | Classifinds, Free For All Friday, NEW Award

Update: This one got away, but if you have your heart set on something similar, email us the details of what you’re looking for or call Rudy directly at (908)295-7330

Mecum Auctions in January made headlines when the original and unrestored 1968 Highland Green Mustang GT Bullitt Mustang crossed their Kissimmee auction block with a final hammer price of a cool $3.4 Million bid by a still undisclosed buyer.  That original car, right down to its rusty flaws and bald tires, was a GT model equipped from the factory with a 390 cubic inch V8 and a Toploader four-speed.

The definition of a tribute or clone car is one that replicates both the mechanical and cosmetic details of the original car.  Unfortunately, the seller of this 1968 Ford Mustang listed March 2020 in Portland, New Jersey doesn’t understand that the 289 cubic inch small block and C4 automatic their car came from the factory isn’t a GT powertrain.  The Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool for their non-GT, small block powered fastback confirms they are currently asking $1,200 less than the #1 “Concours” value of $46,200.  Unfortunately, the disclaimer the seller honestly provides in their description of paint bubbles and rust spots does not qualify this car anywhere above “excellent” condition.  Additionally the non-GT spec powertrain does not qualify this car as a ‘tribute”:  its just a very nice Highland Green over black ’68 Fastback that will get you a lot of positive comments everywhere you go but is not exactly the spec Steve McQueen would have opted for.  The fact the seller mentions he has $20K invested is also non-material in the conversation. Unless he can find a buyer who disagrees with our assessment or doesn’t know what they are buying, we predict he will have to come quite a bit in price to sell what we agree is a very pretty Mustang that has “the look.” if not the chops of the original. and for that, we’re presenting the seller our lastest “NEW!” (short for “No Effin Way!) Award.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1968 Ford Mustang Fastback “Bullitt”

This is a REAL 1968 Fastback with VIN# 8T02C143645. This car was partially restored and repainted about 10 years ago. During this time, it was transformed into a Bullitt tribute car. The car was painted the iconic Highland Green, rear valance blacked out, torque thrust wheels and subdued grille added. A very rare highlight about this car is that it retains its FULL original drivetrain! This combined with the aftermarket AC, power steering, and power brakes makes it a great driver. The car is perfect for a cruise night or local car show.

EXTERIOR:
The Highland green paint shows well. Overall, it is very presentable with some imperfections. The grill has the emblems removed and painted flat black. Also, the lower stainless rockers are color matched to the car. The rear panel along with the taillight trim has been painted flat black to complete the Bullitt look.

ENGINE and ENGINE BAY:
The engine is the factory 289 that retains the VIN stamp on the block. It has an MSD distributor/coil, headers, and Cobra aluminum valve covers. The Holley 600 cfm carb sits on top of the Edelbrock aluminum intake. Aftermarket AC was also installed. The Autolite battery cover finishes off under the hood.

DRIVETRAIN Continued:
The original C4 automatic is still present. This is linked up to the factory original 8” rear with a 2.79 ratio, which retains the tag.

INTERIOR:
The interior is very clean and shows well. The black standard fastback interior is pretty straight forward. A small 3 gauge cluster was added under the dash along with an aftermarket radio and kick panels.

UNDERCARRIAGE:
The undercarriage is fairly clean with some undercoating present. It appears that a couple sections of the floor pans were replaced, but not the entire pan.

TRUNK:
The truck is neat, clean, and presentable with the proper liner, factory Ford spare wheel, tire/cover and fiberboard.

SUSPENSION:
Most of the suspension components are newer with grease fittings.

WHEELS and TIRES and BRAKES:
The factory disc brakes are in place on the front and factory drum on the rear. American Racing Torque Thrust wheels are cover by 215/65/ R15’s.

Disclaimer: There are some small bubbles in the paint on a few lower panels. Also, some minor imperfections with small scratches etc. Lastly, there is a bit of rust on the inner driver door with a couple small holes on the underside front corner..

Do you agree the seller is asking too much for their Mustang?  Comment below and let us know!

1 Comment
  1. Analog Man

    This car might LOOK like a Bullitt clone, but it isn’t. A true Bullitt clone has to be a S-code 390 V8 with a 4 speed stick. This car might be worth $45,000 if it’s as nice as it’s claimed to be (though everything always looks better in internet photos than in real life), but I think it might be a little rich for a 289 automatic combo (the “small bubbles” usually means pounds of bondo slopped into the body, and “bit of rust” = not enough metal left to even bondo it back together).. The listing is already down, so maybe it was worth it and he already found a buyer?

    Way back when, in the early 1970’s when I was in high school (yes, studying by candlelight, and talking on rotary dial phones)(one of those two is true), there was a kid in my high school who had an early Bullitt clone, a perfectly restored and built 1968 S-code GT 390. 4 speed. Highland green.

    It was his first car.

    At the time most of the rest of us worked part-time jobs, struggling to scrape together a couple of hundred dollars to buy something that occasionally could move under its own power (my first car was also a Mustang, a 1965 convertible, 289, rusty, dented, torn top, tired engine, that I bought for $240). This kid came from a wealthy family, on the ‘south side’ of town. His dad paid to have a Bullitt clone built and restored for him. On the first day of junior year, as the rest of us clatter into the parking lot in our wrecks in various states of decomposition, spewing mile-high clouds of blue smoke, he rolls in with an immaculately restored 1968 S-code GT 390 4 speed.

    God how we hated him.

    In addition to being the absolutely most drop-dead gorgeous car in school, it was also the fastest. Like stupid high school kids everywhere at the time, we might have sometimes engaged in a little competitive driving to see who’s car was faster in, say, a straight line of around ¼ mile on a deserted road. But he ruined it for us. Whenever he would show up with his Mustang, we’d all just go home. There was no point. His car could suck the headlights out of any of our pathetic heaps, and it doesn’t take experiencing that kind of humiliation too many times before it starts getting old.

    Of course it was pure jealously, but we hated him just the same. He wasn’t a bad kid, not exactly top of our class, had trouble with things like multi-syllable words and stringing them together into sentences. What he was good at was working out and building muscles. While most of the rest of us were in the library studying and trying to get passing grades, he was lifting weights. He was also captain of the football team. Of course. All the cheerleaders and pretty girls in the school swooned over him. Just gave us more reasons to hate him.

    If that wasn’t enough, he dated the captain of the cheerleading squad. Naturally. She was the prettiest girl in our school, and one of the sweetest too. We all thought she deserved much better than him, but she felt otherwise. Of course, they were the king and queen of the prom. Both junior and senior year.

    For a graduation present, his well-heeled dad bought him a service station, along with a major gasoline brand franchise, which he had for many years. In the years to come when I would visit my old hometown, I would occasionally drive past and see him working on his Mustang late at night in one of the bays.

    I still hated him.

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