|The Legendary Motor Cars Bullitt Mustang... let's call it a tribute, not a replica.|
I watched an interesting Legendary Motor Cars episode on Velocity channel, with an interesting factoid buried in it. Peter Klut's shop built a Bullitt tribute for a client. Let's call it a tribute, not a replica, because while it appears identical to the movie car, it has full A-arm/coil-over front suspension and a ditto 4-link rear suspension, rack & pinion steering, and four wheel disc brakes. So it's modern underneath.
The interesting factoid was that Max Balchowsky built the movie cars. Warner Brothers had a product placement deal with Ford, which shipped two green 1968 Mustang GT's to Max in Los Angeles. Max modified the cars for the film, which mostly involved strengthening undercarriages and removing body trim for the minimalist "Bullitt look."
|Max in Old Yeller II|
|Max racing Old Yeller I back-in-the-day. Photo: Tam's Old Race Cars.|
|Old Yeller II, restored, at a modern vintage race.|