Often considered to include the best car chase scene produced by Hollywood, the 1968 Hollywood movie “Bullitt” featured an iconic 1968 Mustang GT driven by Steve McQueen. The Mustang was heavily modified for the movie that was filmed on the steep and winding streets of San Francisco.
But after McQueen drove the car in the movie, it disappeared and had been out of sight for almost 50 years. McQueen mourned the loss of the dark-green fast-back car, spending years looking for it. But according to the Los Angeles Times, the legendary car was discovered in a junk yard in Baja California -- the Mexican state that extends southward from California.
Ralph Garcia Jr., who owns a body shop in Paramount, made a career of building replicas of the "Eleanor" Mustang that appeared in the Nicolas Cage movie "Gone in 60 Seconds." Garcia said that an associate in Mexico found a clean '68 Mustang fastback that he thought would be a good candidate for "Eleanor"-ization, according to the newspaper.
Scheduled for restoration, the car was delivered to a shop Garcia owns in Mexicali, Baja California. Hugo Sanchez, Garcia’s Mexican partner, called and told him he had looked at the vehicle identification numbers on the car and discovered it was not just another Mustang, The Times reported. "I was going to turn it into another 'Eleanor' car, but my partner Googled the VIN," Garcia said. "That’s how he found out it was the 'Bullitt' car. He said, 'You can’t touch it!"'
Some experts estimate that the car could be worth at least $1 million at auction.