Ford Gives Original Bullitt Mustang Owner 2019 Edition

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Ford honors early adopter with second-ever 2019 Mustang Bullitt. Talk about a dream garage for the ages. 

For Mustang fans, the biggest news of the past year or so didn’t come from Ford. It was the announcement that not one but both 1968 Mustangs used in the movie Bullitt had been found. After decades of searching and rumors, the Highland Green fastbacks are now both members of the Mustang community again, and we couldn’t be happier.

While this video from the YouTubers Car Press didn’t come from Dearborn per se, Ford has had a big hand in promoting the classic’s return. Since 1974, the car has been owned by the Kiernan family. Thanks to current owner Sean Kiernan, Ford has displayed the ’68 Mustang at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the National Mall in Washington D.C., and San Francisco. As Kiernan points out in the car’s Historical Vehicle Association profile, this whirlwind press tour has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience. But it’s also been pretty taxing on his work schedule.

Sean Kiernan's 1968 and 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt.

So to repay Kiernan for all his sacrifice, Ford presented him with a gift: A 2019 Mustang Bullitt. This car is just the second ’19 Bullitt off the assembly line.

To top it all off, Ford documented the moment for posterity. He speaks with Ford Performance Chief Engineer Carl Widman during the Woodward Dream Cruise on camera. Then, Widman hands Kiernan the keys to the new car parked right behind his priceless original. To the Kiernan family, the 1968 movie car is more than an icon; it was their lone family car for nearly a decade. Obviously, the car is too valuable to regularly drive anymore. That’s why it’s so heartwarming when Widman hands Kiernan the keys and says “… from the Ford family to your family.”

Sean Kiernan's 1968 and2019 Ford Mustang Bulitt.

On the HVA profile, Kiernan says: “I thank my dad, Robert Kiernan, for the years we shared together, my sister Kelly and my mom, Robbie Kiernan. She must be the coolest third grade teacher in history, because she drove the Bullitt Mustang – our family car and a true national treasure.” Here’s hoping that his 2019 Mustang Bullitt will become the next Kiernan family car to be passed down through generations.

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James Derek Sapienza has worked as a writer and editor in the world of automotive journalism since 2015.

He has a BS in History at SUNY Brockport, with a focus on American popular culture. A fan of the classics with a special interest in German cars, he is a proud owner of a 1991 W124 Mercedes. He is a frequent contributor to Mustang Forums, MBWorld, 5Series, Rennlist, and more.

James can be reached at [email protected]

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