Ford Australia has shot a bullet into the hearts of Mustang fans, telling Wheels that it won’t get in on a renewed production line of right-hand drive Mustang Bullitts.
The limited edition model, which pays tribute to the 1968 film Bullitt starring Steve McQueen, was hugely popular in Australia and sold out quickly. But Ford won’t crumble to demand, solidifying the collectability of its 50th Anniversary tribute car.
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While technically no longer sold out in right-hook after the Blue Oval announced production will carry into 2020, all new orders are for the UK market, which received almost half as many Bullitts as Australia’s first and only allocation.
“The Mustang Bullitt was well received by Australian customers, however we have no plans to add to the 700 that were announced in 2018 for our market,” a spokesperson for the company told Wheels.
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“We were in fact fortunate to get this allocation, as the UK market’s initial batch was 400 Bullitts, and given the appetite for Mustang in Australia, our shipment of these very special Mustangs reflected that.”
Although Australian-spec Bullitts were only available with Highland Green paint on black leather trim, new UK orders include the US-market’s Shadow Black and fabric trim interior option - a unique RHD import for Australian collectors and deviation from the original car Steve McQueen drove in the film.