2008 Ford Mustang Bullitt
2008 Ford Mustang Bullitt
When the S197 Mustang rolled out for the 2005 model year everyone just knew deep down that Ford would not be able to resist producing a special edition Bullitt based on their gorgeous new retro themed Mustang and for 2008 that's exactly what they did. Two thousand eight was the fortieth anniversary of the movie Bullitt that featured the most iconic car chase scene ever filmed. The main character in the movie starring Steve McQueen drove a tastefully modified Highland Green 1968 Mustang GT390 2+2 fastback that roared like thunder and looked sinister. From the day that the movie Bullitt was released it cemented the reputations of both McQueen and the Mustang as the epitome of cool. No wonder Ford was eager to capture the essence of the '68 Mustang from the movie in its latest Pony car. Since 2008 was a milestone year for the introduction of the film it seemed fitting that Ford would mix up some Highland Green paint and tweak the Mustang to celebrate the occasion. The fact that the last Bullitt inspired Mustang from 2001 was a huge success probably made the decision to roll this version into production that much easier.
Proudly gracing our main showroom, one of the 4,346 Highland Green Metallic Bullitt Mustangs from the 2008 model year, number 4,160 to be exact. Low miles, (11,296), and new car showroom fresh is the best way to describe this limited-edition modern muscle car. From the factory applied paint, to the dark charcoal leather you're staring at a collectible and well cared for 13 year old car that begs to be added to your collection. Read on to learn why you NEED this car!
If you only take a quick glance you may mistake this car for a run of the mill 6-cylinder pony and boy would you be wrong. The stylists at Ford were very careful to show restraint and stay true to the original 1968 movie car. The less is more approach used with the 2005 Mustang was taken to a new level with the Bullitt. A black mesh grille devoid of the iconic chrome pony and large fog light leads the way. This grille is accented by a satin aluminum strip that is a throwback to the 1968 Mustang but also does a splendid job of framing the black hole next to the proper Dark Highland Green. Side steel panels flow nicely with well minded gaps. At the rear we see a spoilerless trunk lid and a circular faux gas cap/badge that proclaims the car to be a Ford Bullitt. A duo of trio taillights frame this cap/badge and harken back to the Mustangs of yore. They are now larger and flattened but still reminiscent of past generations. Dual exhaust tips peek out of the lower bumper and 18" Euroflange cast aluminum wheels wrapped in the original BF Goodrich tires adorn all 4 corners.
Nice simple door panels utilize molded plastic vented vinyl and a tasteful touch of thin trimming along with power window toggles, power lock switches and some woofers and tweeters. Inside we can see the blue glow from the dash on the beautiful high-backed Charcoal leather buckets with even higher headrests. An interesting factoid is the seat foam is soy based and much friendlier to the environment. In the back is a 2 plus 2 bucket/bench and this is also very nice. A center console runs through the buckets and houses a satin aluminum ring which surrounds the machined aluminum shifter ball. As it rises to the dash center we see the HVAC controls along with the Shaker 500 AM/FM/CD changer stereo. On the black padded vinyl topped dash and real machine turned aluminum dash front, are 2 large round deep set gauges (again reminiscent of days of yore) with a central huge cluster, all analog save for the digital odometer readouts. Black carpet and a felt fuzzy headliner is tight and clean above.
Lifting up the long green hood we see a 4.6L 3v V8 stuffed in the engine bay all fitting nicely under the factory installed Bullitt strut tower brace. It is fed air by a factory Ford Racing cold air kit, a first for production fuel injected Mustangs. A more engine calibration gives this engine the capability to produce 315hp on premium gas but if need be, it can still be run on pump regular. A Tremec 3650, modified at the factory for quicker more precise shifts is bolted on the back. A Ford 8.8 3.73 TracLok rear axle is standard fare to put power to the ground.
Nary even any road dirt which means the 11,296 original miles have been good to this car. All solid and clean, we see independent coil spring front suspension, and a 3 link with panhard bar rear suspension both of which have more aggressive shock and struts and stiffer springs which work together to give the car a meaner lower stance all of which being factory stock. Power disc brakes are on all 4 and give us the whoa factor. From the engine's manifolds to the Bullitt specific H-pipe and muffler the underneath looks just be-utee-ful!
My muscle car aficionado and crack decoder won the coin toss and got to wheel this limited production pony. He reported wonderful acceleration, superb handling, and stellar braking. Although he kept the test drive short to keep miles from ticking up on the odometer, he said the precisely tuned exhaust hit the mark of the original Bullitt Mustang.
All in all, a very nicely preserved, very low mileage example of the retro Bullitt and it's star Steve McQueen. You too can fantasize about dodging in and out of cable cars and becoming airborne in those hilly streets of San Francisco. …Rice a Roni…A San Francisco treat! Cue the Bullitt.
1ZV-Automotive Alliance, Ford Passenger Car
H-Manual Belts, Front & Side Airbags
H-4.6L V8 315hp
5-AAI Flat Rock, MI Assy Plant
189816-Sequential Unit Number
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.
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