1968 Ford driven by McQueen sold to the mysterious bidder

The mystery continues. And also the tears.

The 1968 Ford Mustang Bullitt GT driven by Steve McQueen in the legendary Hollywood action movie of the same name emerged at the international celebration after being hidden in a family’s garage for 40 years.

Now, after touring the United States and the world for two years, the pony car was sold to an anonymous bidder for a record $ 3.4 million – $ 3.74 million after commissions and fees.

“Only one person knows the buyer, and that’s the guy he was talking to on the phone,” said Sean Kiernan, who put his father’s beloved Highland Green Mustang in the auction block in Kissimmee, Florida, on Friday. “Eventually, it will come to light. But right now, nobody knows. Just Frank. Frank is the only one to know.”

Frank as in Frank Mecum of Mecum Auctions, host of the world famous event.

“It was like an 11-minute rock concert,” said Kiernan, 38, automotive paint manager from Hendersonville, Tennessee. “I lost my place a little. I wasn’t paying attention to the offers. I was just looking at people. I think the crowd must have been around 7,000 people.”

He explained Sunday night that he had an auction offer that started at just $ 3,500 because that was what his father paid for the vehicle in 1974.

“When the auctioneer asked: ‘Who will give me $ 3,500?’ Everyone in the room raised their hands. Everyone had the opportunity to bid for the car, “said Kiernan, who had just arrived home after driving through wind and rain storms in a 37-foot recreational vehicle after two weeks away preparing for the auction “That’s what I’ll remember.”

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