I was flipping through the channels the other night and saw that the old Steve McQueen hit movie Bullitt was on. I tuned in just as the bad guys in the black ’68 Charger goosed it, made a hard, tire-smoking left turn and the chase through the hills of San Francisco was on. The chase scene was a classic match-up between 2 classic muscle cars; a 1968 Charger equipped with a 375 hp 440 Magnum and a 1968 Mustang Fastback GT fastback packing a Ford 325 hp 390 cu motor. Two of each car were used during the filming which took weeks and resulted in 9 minutes of film time. Classic car enthusiasts will be pleased to see many classic cars from the 50’s and 60’s in the background. I spotted ’57 and ’58 Cadillacs, a bathtub Porsche convertible and a variety of other venerable old land yachts. Pay close attention and you’ll see that the Charger loses 4 hubcaps while in town, and one more on the open road. However, in all of the closeup open road shots the Charger has all of its hubcaps. Early in the chase you’ll see that they pass the same forest green VW Bug twice.
So, go to full screen, crank up your speakers and buckle up. It’s a wild ride and just the thing for a Saturday night OOT.
For more reading on the making of Bullitt click on this article; THE GREATEST CHASE OF ALL; An inside look at how they filmed BULLITT, the granddaddy of car pursuit movies.