What would you do if you found an abandoned car, in the middle of nowhere? Report it, sell it, or just leave it where you have found it?
Well, in the case of Hugo Sanchez, I would say that he’s one lucky guy! Sanchez had recently discovered an abandoned car in the Baja California Sur. It was a white Bullitt Mustang, in poor condition. So, just like any other person, he brought it to a repair shop, supposedly to have it restored and repainted to turn it into a replica of the ‘Eleanor’ from the movie Gone in 60 Seconds. But to his surprise, he had actually brought in the real thing. To many people, especially car aficionados, this car is considered a “treasure.”
How can an abandoned Mustang be that valuable? Well, if it is rare and was once used by an iconic person, then its value will be off the charts. Apparently, the car he had found was one of the two cars Steve McQueen used in his 1968 film. Yup, as in 49 years ago! This was the legendary Bullitt Mustang that fans once believed have been missing for the longest time!
Two identical cars were produced by Ford Motors for that film, both were a 1968 Mustang GT in Highland Green, with sequential vehicle identification numbers. One of them was the one Sanchez found, which was the one fans believed were “dead”, or was probably torn down into pieces after the film was shot, and could not be found anywhere. And the other one is privately owned but hasn’t been seen for a while now.
It was confirmed by The Truth About Cars that the Mustang used by McQueen in the film had specific customizations made by the production company for filming purposes. But what made them certain that it is the original car was when the repair shop checked the car’s identity from the Mustang information database. After it has been confirmed, Sanchez, and co-owner, Ralph Garcia Jr. (who also owns the repair shop), decided to simply clean up, repaint the car green, and preserve the customizations that were made by the production team. Reports have said that Garcia is planning to get experts from Ford to restore the found Mustang.
And now that this news is out, car enthusiasts have been offering the new owners a great deal to buy the original Mustang. Especially since there’s only a year to go before the 50th anniversary of the iconic Bullitt, which is probably one of the most beloved Steve McQueen memorabilia. So far, Sanchez and Garcia have rejected all offers.