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Auto Body Shop in Bourbon MO To Churn Out “Bullitt” Replicas

Brett Blume
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BOURBON, Mo. (KMOX) -  It’s one of the most iconic automobiles Hollywood’s ever produced, in what many agree is the greatest car chase ever put on film.

And now you too can own a modern version of the Highland Green Ford Mustang driven by super-cool Steve McQueen in the 1968 movie “Bullitt”.

But you might need a movie star-type income to afford one.

“They are obviously hand-built, custom cars,” points out Lonnie Childress, who along with his brother Jason owns and operates Gateway Classic Mustang in Bourbon.  “They’re built to order, and they are $135,000.”

They’ve been authorized by McQueen’s estate to reproduce replicas of the Bullitt Mustang that look like 1968 on the outside, but are all 2011 under the skin.

“This Mustang build combines the classic body styles of the late ’60s Fords with contemporary performance technology to deliver a fantastic driving experience,” chimes in Jason Childress.

Powered by a Roush 450 horsepower small block engine, the replicas will generate 27% more power than its famous predecessor.

Standing on an adjustable strut coil-over front suspension with power rack and pinion steering coupled with a three-link adjustable coil-over rear suspension with watts link, the car is expected to be as comfortable on the race track as it is on the street.

“The car has four-wheel disc brakes, tilt-wheel, and modern air conditioning,” says Lonnie Childress.

Orders are already pouring in, and Gateway Classic Mustang expects to churn out up to 50 special-order Bullitt replicas over the next five years.

For more information, contact Gateway Classic Mustang at (573) 732-3541 or visit their website at www.gatewayclassicmustang.com.

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Watch the famous car chase from the 1968 film “Bullitt”:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-y1VUdnQXo 

 

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