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Photo, Print, Drawing 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback, Hendersonville, Sumner County, TN

[ Drawings from Survey HAER TN-53  ]

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[ Data Pages from Survey HAER TN-53  ]

About this Item

Title

  • 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback, Hendersonville, Sumner County, TN

Names

  • Historic American Engineering Record, creator
  • McQueen, Steve
  • Ross, Robert
  • Warner Brothers
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Kiernan, Robert
  • Kiernan, Robbie
  • Kiernan, Sean
  • Marranca, Frank
  • Historic Vehicle Association, sponsor
  • Parker, Diane, project manager
  • Maxon, Casey T., project manager
  • Lockett, Dana, field team
  • Behrens, Thomas M., delineator
  • Rose, Preston T., photographer
  • McPartland, Mary, transmitter

Created / Published

  • Documentation compiled after 1968

Headings

  • -  vehicles
  • -  vehicle racing
  • -  motion picture industry
  • -  automobiles
  • -  people associated with entertainment & sports
  • -  people
  • -  Race cars
  • -  conservation & restoration
  • -  gasoline engines
  • -  internal combustion engines
  • -  high-performance vehicle engines
  • -  transportation
  • -  Tennessee--Sumner County--Hendersonville

Notes

  • -  Significance: In the spring of 1968, the movie Bullitt starring Steve McQueen began production. The film featured one of the most iconic and influential car-chase scenes in film history. Steve McQueen's character, Detective Frank Bullitt, drove a 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback through the streets of San Francisco in a heated chase with a 1968 Dodge Charger. Much of the driving was done by Steve McQueen himself with the more dangerous scenes handled by professional stunt drivers. Two identical 1968 Mustang Fastbacks were purchased for the film with sequential VIN numbers - 8R02S 125558 and 8R02S 125559. Mustang '558 was heavily modified and used for jump stunts while '559 was fitted with an upgraded suspension and custom hardware for camera mounts and used primarily as the "hero" car for beauty shots while Steve McQueen was driving. After filming was completed, '559 was repaired, repainted, and sold to Robert Ross, a Warner Brothers employee. Ross drove it until 1970 when he sold it to Detective Frank Marranca of New Jersey who had it shipped by rail to the East Coast. Marranca used the car sparingly until 197 4 when he sold it to Robert Kiernan after Robert responded to a classified ad in Road & Track magazine that read, "1968 Bullett Mustang driven by McQueen in the movie. Can be documented. Best offer." For Robert and Robbie Kiernan this was their only car and a daily driver. Robbie drove Bullitt to St. Vincent's parish where she taught third grade. The car was used day to day and for numerous family road trips throughout the 1970s. In 1977 Robert got a call from Steve McQueen asking for the car, but Robert told him: "no thanks, we are not interested in selling." McQueen followed up with a letter reiterating his interest, saying he wanted the car back and offered a trade or something as long as it wasn't "too much monies." That letter was left unanswered. The Mustang was parked in the early 1980s where it remained idle, but garage kept, for over 30 years. Robert and his son Sean often discussed repairing and rebuilding the Mustang, but other obligations often took priority. During these decades, the car became the subject of numerous rumors, myths, and dead-end searches. These stories evolved and took on a life of their own, and this Mustang became something of a holy grail in the car world. After Robert passed away in 2014, Sean worked in his 2-car garage to return Bullitt to the condition it was in when it was his parent's daily driver. The engine was rebuilt, carpets replaced, and a new steering wheel added, similar to the one used in the movie. Little else was done. Evidence of family road miles and the gentle patina that comes from years of storage remained intact. On January 14, 2018, the Bullitt Mustang was revealed to the public at the North American International Auto Show in participation with the Ford Motor Company to announce their third generation "Bullitt" Mustang tribute model. Bullitt became entry number 21 on the National Historic Vehicle Register.
  • -  Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: N1908
  • -  Survey number: HAER TN-53
  • -  Building/structure dates: 1968 Initial Construction
  • -  Building/structure dates: after. 1968- before. 1970 Subsequent Work
  • -  Building/structure dates: after. 1974- ca. 1980 Subsequent Work
  • -  Building/structure dates: after. 2014- before. 2018 Subsequent Work

Medium

  • Measured Drawing(s): 2

Call Number/Physical Location

  • HAER TN-53

Source Collection

  • Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Repository

  • Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print

Control Number

  • tn0501

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Chicago citation style:

Historic American Engineering Record, Creator, Steve McQueen, Robert Ross, Warner Brothers, Ford Motor Company, Robert Kiernan, Robbie Kiernan, et al., Rose, Preston T, photographer. Ford Mustang Fastback, Hendersonville, Sumner County, TN. Sumner County Tennessee Hendersonville, 1968. translateds by Mcpartland, Marymitter Documentation Compiled After. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/tn0501/.

APA citation style:

Historic American Engineering Record, C., McQueen, S., Ross, R., Warner Brothers, Ford Motor Company, Kiernan, R. [...] Behrens, T. M., Rose, P. T., photographer. (1968) Ford Mustang Fastback, Hendersonville, Sumner County, TN. Sumner County Tennessee Hendersonville, 1968. McPartland, M., trans Documentation Compiled After. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/tn0501/.

MLA citation style:

Historic American Engineering Record, Creator, et al., photographer by Rose, Preston T. Ford Mustang Fastback, Hendersonville, Sumner County, TN. trans by Mcpartland, Marymitter Documentation Compiled After. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/tn0501/>.