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Jonathan's 2008 Bullitt Mustang

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By Jonathan

Jonathan's 2008 Bullitt Mustang

2008 Bullitt Mustang

Jonathan's 2008 Bullitt Mustang

Year and Make of My Ford Mustang

2008 Bullitt Mustang

How Long Have you Owned Your Mustang?

Two Years

Where did you find your Mustang?

Galpin Ford, Van Nuys, Calif.

Modifications and Features

315 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque, Dark Highland Green exterior, Exhaust Note Engineered to Mimic Exhaust in the Movie, Limited to 7,700 units, 3.73:1 axle ratio, Open-element cold air induction system & hood blanket with AIS seal, High performance calibration, Shelby GT500-style sport front seats and Shelby GT500-style steering wheel with Bullitt logo, Aluminum shifter ball, Serialization plate on strut tower brace

What makes it special?

I've always been a fan of the 1968 GT390 featured in the movie "Bullitt." I'm also a fan of Steve McQueen. When the first Bullitt Mustang came out in 2001, I was in awe. Unfortunately I couldn't find one at the time, so I purchased a 2001 GT instead.

In 2008 I was asked if I'd like to review the 2009 model. I immediately jumped on the opportunity and scheduled a drive.

A few weeks later I found myself talking to my father on the phone while on a writing assignment in Palm Springs, Calif. We spoke about life, we spoke about my trip, and we spoke about that Bullitt Mustang I was set to test in one week. Dad was a big fan of McQueen as well. He wanted me to send him some pictures when I finally tested the car.

Unfortunately, that would be one of the last conversations my father and I would ever have. The night before the test car arrived, my father passed away. He had been diagnosed with cancer two years prior and was in the last days of his fight.

When Ford dropped off the vehicle, I thought about Dad. That afternoon I went for the longest cruise of my life, up Pacific Coast Highway and back, just the Bullitt Mustang and my thoughts. It was one of the most memorable rides I've ever taken.

Several months later I purchased my own 2008 Bullitt Mustang. Every time I start her up, I imagine my father is there next to me, asking me where we're going to cruise today.

I've owned many Mustangs over the years, but my Bullitt holds a special place in my "Mustang enthusiast" heart.

Advice

  • Special Ride: The Bullitt Mustang is a special car. It's not flashy like some rides, but it has heart. Step on the gas and you'll see what I'm talking about.
  • Join the Club: The International Mustang Bullitt Owner's Club is a great resource for Bullitt Mustang owners. (http://www.imboc.com)
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