One of the most iconic movie cars of all time, a 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390 Fastback – the “Bullitt” Mustang – has found a new temporary home. It will be on display through April 25 at America’s Car Museum (ACM) in Tacoma, Wash.

The Ford Mustang piloted by legendary actor Steve McQueen during the 1968 film “Bullitt” left a lasting impact on movies and pop culture since its release. In “Bullitt,” McQueen played the title character, a San Francisco detective trying to bust a mob ring.

The 9-minute, 42-second chase scene was revolutionary for its time – putting the audience inside the vehicle while driving on actual roads and building suspense without any spoken dialogue – a film style that would later define director Peter Yates’ vehicle chase scenes.

The authentic feel of “Bullitt” was achieved through factors including real stunt driving, where drivers reached speeds as high as 110 mph through the streets of San Francisco, only possible because San Francisco’s Mayor Joe Alioto – who only charged one dollar for permission to film the city as a backdrop – recognized how much publicity the city would get from a McQueen movie.

Two Mustang GT 390s were modified for the making of “Bullitt” – which included a dark Highland Green paint scheme, no exterior badges, scoops or spoilers and adorned with a black-mesh grille absent of Ford’s iconic pony badging. Of the two, this is the surviving car.

The “Bullitt” Mustang became the 21st vehicle inducted into the Historic Vehicle Association’s (HVA) National Historic Vehicle Register and its documentation, photographs and history will be archived in the Library of Congress so that future generations can see the car as it stands today.

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