It’s easily regarded as one of the most iconic, influential and impacting car chase sequences in all of Hollywood. It’s been homaged, recreated and revered by countless television and feature films, and for a good reason: 1968’s “Bullitt” – a gritty modern film noir detective drama starring tinsel town’s “King of Cool” Steve McQueen – showcased an 11-minute car chase through the Mission District (and San Pedro peninsula) of San Francisco.
Of course, the cars far outshone their respective drivers; Detective Frank Bullitt piloted a Highland Green 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback GT390 4-speed in pursuit of two Chicago hitmen behind the Rallye wheel of a comletely-new-for-1968 Dodge Charger R/T 440 4-speed. The triple black coupe absolutely dwarfed McQueen’s ponycar both in sheer size and cubic volume, as the beastly RB 440 steadily outpaced the heavy-breathing FE motor.
Of course, we’ve all seen the original and know how it goes, but we Mopar enthusiasts all know who the real winner was of that showdown. Nevertheless, knowing the outcome doesn’t squander our love for the scene and nor does it for many others: Two years ago, the Silverstone Classic Motor Racing Festival faithfully recreated (well, to a small degree – look for the cars in the background) the titular chase. Enjoy!