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45 Years of the Ford Mustang in Movies, Over 500 Films
« on: May 10, 2012, 11:03:52 pm »
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45+ Years of the Ford Mustang in Movies, Over 500 Films
By Matt Rigney
Brent Mustangburger from CARS 2
Apr 20, 2009

The 45th anniversary Ford Mustang celebration has come to an end with the legacy of the Mustang stronger than ever.  The Mustang legacy has always been strong carried on in several different ways with one being through the movies as it has done since it's first appearance in the James Bond movie "Goldfinger".  Since 1964 the Ford Mustang has appeared in over 500 movies and hundreds more television programs.  Probably the most memorable film the Ford Mustang appeared in is Bullitt.  Steve McQueen starred in the movie as Lt. Frank Bullitt driving his highland green 1968 Mustang GT 390.  His nine- minute plus unscripted chase scene through the streets of San Francisco has long been revered as the best chase ever in a movie.

Other memorable movie roles the Ford Mustang has to it's credit include the original Gone in Sixty Seconds (1974) with it's 40-minute chase scene where they destroy 93 cars.  The remake of Gone in Sixty Seconds stars Nicolas Cage trying to steal 50 cars in two-days with the unicorn car being 'Eleanor", a silver and black 1968 Shelby GT500.
More recent movies include Hollywood Homicide where Harrison Ford and Josh Harnett drove around in a 2003 Saleen S281, War of the Worlds starring Tom Cruise and his 1966 Shelby GT 350, Reno 911 with the police cars being 2006 Mustangs and the latest being I Am Legend starring Will Smith who drives a red 2007 Shelby GT500 during the opening scene through the deserted streets of New York City.

Below you will find several movies the Mustang has been in with a small description for each.   Enjoy...

45+ Years of the Mustang in Movies:

From the time of its introduction at the World’s Fair in New York four and a half decades ago, the iconic pony car has appeared in more than 500 movies and hundreds of television programs.

Ever since 1964 when the Mustang appeared in the Bond film Goldfinger, filmmakers have often used the Mustang to symbolize the quintessential American cool. In the 1968 film Bullitt, Steve McQueen played a hardened police detective chasing down killers in a 1968 Mustang GT390.

But the Mustang can also be aspirational. In the 2007 film The Bucket List, starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, Freeman’s character is dying and lists “Drive a Shelby Mustang” as one of the things he longs to do before he kicks the proverbial bucket.

Here are just a few of the Mustang’s memorable moments on the silver screen:

Goldfinger (1964) – This Bond film gets high Mustang marks for being the first movie to show off Ford’s new sporty car, a white 1964˝ convertible driven by a beautiful woman assassin. After a brief chase in the Swiss Alps, Sean Connery in his Aston Marin DB5 borrows a trick from a chariot racer in Ben Hur to shred the Mustang’s tires and its rocker panel.

Bullitt (1968) – Steve McQueen is the hardened police detective who drives a 1968 Mustang GT390 in a nine-minute, 42-second car chase against killers in a black Dodge charger through the hilly streets in and around San Francisco.

Diamonds Are Forever (1971) – As James Bond, Sean Connery eludes police pursuit in a red 1971 Mustang Mach I fastback on two wheels to squeeze down a narrow alley in downtown Las Vegas. The car tilts up on the passenger side wheels entering the alley and exits the alley on the driver’s side wheels, a pretty neat trick.

Bull Durham (1988) – Kevin Costner is the fading ballplayer in this sports comedy love triangle with Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins. Since Costner’s character once tasted glory for a brief time in the major league’s “show,” it’s only fitting that he picked up a 1968 Shelby Mustang GT350 convertible along the way.

True Crime (1999) – Clint Eastwood plays a reporter with a messy personal life who gets one more chance to get it right after something doesn’t add up in the case of a Death Row inmate facing imminent execution. His car matches the man – a 1983 Mustang convertible with more than a few miles on it.

Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000) – In this remake of the earlier film, retired car thief Nicolas Cage has to boost 50 cars in 24 hours to save his kid brother from killers. The ultimate prize is Eleanor, a silver and black 1967 Shelby GT500 styled by car builder Chip Foose. Grossed $101 Million at the box office.

The Princess Diaries (2001) – Anne Hathaway stars as Mia, an awkward 15-year-old who learns that she’s actually a princess by her royal grandmother, played by Julie Andrews. Initially, all Mia wants to do is stay unnoticed at school and get her 1966 Mustang fixed up in time for her 16th birthday.

Hollywood Homicide (2002) – Josh Hartnett and Harrison Ford star as detectives in this action “dramedy.” Their car of choice? A 2003 silver Saleen S281 supercharged Mustang.

Cinderella Story (2004) – An unpopular girl, played by Hillary Duff, is exploited by her wicked stepmother. She loses her cell phone instead of a glass slipper at the ball, but she gains a prince. Her car of choice: a sky blue 1965 Mustang convertible.

I Am Legend (2007) – Years after a plague kills most of humanity and transforms the rest into monsters, the sole survivor in New York City, played by Will Smith, struggles valiantly to find a cure. Smith’s co-star in the movie? A red and white 2007 Shelby Mustang. Grossed over $256 Million at the box office.

Other movies include The Thomas Crown Affair (1968 Shelby GT350 convertible) , Transformers (2007 Mustang police car),  High School Musical 2 (Pink Mustang), Fear (red 1966 Mustang convertible), Fastlane (Bullitt Replica), Death Race (Battle-Ready Mustang GT), Back to the Future II (futuristic 2015 Mustang, fox-body)and 2 Fast 2 Furious along with Fast and the Furious 3: Tokyo Drift.

Quotes:

“Mustang has had the most roles of any Ford vehicle, and there are no competing cars that come close. From a product placement perspective, Mustang is the gift that keeps giving and giving.” - Bob Witter, of Ford Global Brand Entertainment (FGBE)

“The Mustang set off a revolution almost to the level of the Model T in terms of making a cool sports car affordable to the average person. When you were driving a Mustang, you were special. You were noticed. You stood out. And today the Mustang delivers the same attributes.” - Bob Witter, of Ford Global Brand Entertainment (FGBE)


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Re: 45 Years of the Ford Mustang in Movies, Over 500 Films
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2012, 07:30:55 am »
Every member of my wife's family has at least one Mustang.
Here's me with my Father-in-law's Shelby GT500.

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Re: 45 Years of the Ford Mustang in Movies, Over 500 Films
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2012, 08:07:33 am »
Every member of my wife's family has at least one Mustang.




Ah!  Impressive, Kristopher!
O.K.  You and your wifey are down!

If you really wanna be down, I'd recommend this site for serious Mustang owners.  
http://themustangsource.com/
The Mustang forum is the soul of the site because it's chock full o' useful information coming from fairly friendly people who treasure Mustangs from any generation. How to build for speed or how to maintain for car shows. It also has links to locate any and all Mustang clubs in America nearest you.
There are 2 Mustang Clubs around my way and I encounter at least  5 Mustang sightings every day, in fact, someone drove past me today in a white 1965 Mustang in very good condition. :)
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Re: 45 Years of the Ford Mustang in Movies, Over 500 Films
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2012, 08:41:57 am »
Every member of my wife's family has at least one Mustang.




Ah!  Impressive, Kristopher!
O.K.  You and your wifey are down!

If you really wanna be down, I'd recommend this site for serious Mustang owners.  
http://themustangsource.com/
The Mustang forum is the soul of the site because it's chock full o' useful information coming from fairly friendly people who treasure Mustangs from any generation. How to build for speed or how to maintain for car shows. It also has links to locate any and all Mustang clubs in America nearest you.
There are a 2 Mustang Clubs around my way and I encounter at least  5 Mustang sightings every day, in fact, someone drove past me today in a white 1965 Mustang in very good condition. :)


Unfortunately, my wife and I don't own one yet. The speed limits in Maryland don't make it worth our while. Like you, her people live in The South(North Carolina), where "cruising" speeds are 75-85 MPH  :D
The Shelby would be too much car, IMHO, around these parts. A ticket waiting to happen. In fact, the kind of Mustangs I've seen folks drive in Carolina(my sister-in-law is sporting a ROUSH), aren't on the roads (that I've observed) in the MD/DC area. Sad.

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Re: 45 Years of the Ford Mustang in Movies, Over 500 Films
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2012, 04:28:39 am »
Oh, that reminds me. Let me add a few more movies to the list I've seen recently:

How To Rob A Bank - Erika Christensen & Nick Stahl pull up in a black '05 Mustang to collect thier money in a elaborate bank heist scheme.

Our Family Wedding - There is a '65 Mustang parked in Carlos Mencia's workplace garage.

Colombiana - Zoe Saldana rams a red '65 Mustang into a police squad car.

Just Wright - Common restores Queen Latifah's beige '65 Mustang to mint condition.

Battle: Los Angeles - Aaron Eckhart drives a red '67 Mustang to his duty station to discharge from the military.

Cars 2 - Brent Musburger voices the blue '64 Mustang that does commentary in the World Grand Prix race.

Kill The Irishman - There is a white '60s Mustang parked near Danny Greene's car.

Roll, Bounce - Chi McBride owns a red early '70s Mustang.  There's also a '67 Mustang parked in the neighborhood when Bow Wow & Jurnee Smollett meet for the first time.

Fatal Beauty - Whoopie Goldberg drives a pink '65 Mustang convertible.
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Re: 45 Years of the Ford Mustang in Movies, Over 500 Films
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2012, 06:05:08 am »
Wow.
Guess who passed away?
The Shelby Collection
By Matt Schudel, Published: May 12

Carroll Shelby, a failed chicken farmer who roared out of the hills of East Texas to become a champion race car driver and the father of the muscle car, building some of the fastest and sleekest sports cars ever to hit the highway, died May 10 at age 89.





By Deepa Seetharaman

DETROIT (Reuters) - Carroll Shelby, designer of the Shelby Cobra and other sports cars that placed him in the pantheon of auto industry legends, has died at age 89, his company said on Friday

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Re: 45 Years of the Ford Mustang in Movies, Over 500 Films
« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2012, 02:09:07 am »
Here's me with my Father-in-law's Shelby GT500.






Does your father-in-law happen to be Shelby himself?



Here's Carroll Shelby's Shelby GT500

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Re: 45 Years of the Ford Mustang in Movies, Over 500 Films
« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2012, 09:55:16 pm »
Interesting...
Check out this '99 Ford Mustang GT decorated with a sharpie marker posted  in a Yahoo! Autos article.

...Careful...


Done!

http://autos.yahoo.com/blogs/motoramic/sharpie-mustang-artist-adds-magic-few-black-markers-154401699.html

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Re: 45 Years of the Ford Mustang in Movies, Over 500 Films
« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2019, 08:39:37 am »
 Tuesday, 2nd July 2019
Auto industry icon Lee Iacocca dies at 94. He helped launch the Ford Mustang and saved Chrysler from bankruptcy.

by Bart Barnes



Lee Iacocca, the automobile industry executive who helped launch the Mustang at Ford and save Chrysler from bankruptcy, and whose cunning, ingenuity and swagger made him one of the most successful salesmen of his generation, died July 2 at his home in the Bel-Air area of Los Angeles.


He was 94.

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Re: 45 Years of the Ford Mustang in Movies, Over 500 Films
« Reply #10 on: August 15, 2019, 02:53:56 pm »
Thursday, 15th August 2019
The Original "Bullitt" Mustang Is Headed to Auction
by Chris Perkins





When Ford revealed a new Bullitt Mustang the beginning of 2018, it shared the stage with something truly remarkable—one of the originals from the movie, thought to be lost to time.

Two Mustang were used in the filming of Bullitt, and of the two, the one Ford brought out was the more complete example.

Now, that car is headed to auction.

Today, Mecum announced that the Bullitt Mustang, a 1968 GT Fastback painted Highland Green, will be the featured lot at its Kissimmee, Florida auction next January.

Don't be surprised if it becomes the most expensive Mustang ever sold.

And you don't need to take our word for it.

When we first wrote about this car's rediscovery last year, Mustang legend Ken Marti told us "I won’t be surprised if the kind of offer Sean [Kiernan, the owner] gets will be the highest ever offer for a Mustang."

Since our interview with Marti, a 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake sold for $2.2 million.

It's easy to imagine this one selling for more.

After all, it's arguably the most iconic Mustang of them all, and it was driven by a legend in one of the greatest car-chase scenes in movie history.

The car was modified pretty extensively for the movie, with heavier-duty suspension hardware, some engine upgrades, and mounting points for cameras.

After filming was complete, Warner Brothers repaired the car and sold it to a detective living on the East coast.

The detective listed it in the October 1974 Road & Track classifieds (as the "Bullett" Mustang), and Robert Kiernan bought it for $6000, immediately putting it to use as a family car.

McQueen himself tried to buy the car back in 1977, but Robert Kiernan held on to it until his death in 2014, at which point it was passed on to his son, Sean.
 
The younger Kiernan told us last year that "the goal will always be to have it in my family... That's the goal. It always has been. It always will be."

But things evidently have changed.

It's hard to blame him for wanting to sell.

He even conceded to us that its value could "change lives."

We've reached out to Mecum to see if the auction house has sale-price estimate, and we'll update if we hear back.

In other Steve-McQueen-car auction news, Bonhams will sell the actor's 1949 Chevrolet pickup in Monterey later today (sale estimate $60,000 - $80,000), and the auction house also announced that the Meyers Manx dune buggy driven by him in The Thomas Crown Affairwill be sold next March.

And if you think we're going to spend the next 10 minutes watching the Bullitt chase scene, you're damn right we are.

You should, too.














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« Reply #11 on: October 23, 2019, 09:28:33 pm »
Thursday, 24th October 2019
Officially Licensed Eleanor Mustang Now Available Starting At $200K

by Jeffrey N. Ross




Up until now, any recreation of the iconic 1967 Shelby GT500 from the 2000 remake of Gone In 60 Seconds has been an unlicensed replica.

It was like buying some new sporting apparel for your favorite team without that fancy, shiny little sticker attached.

That is about to change with Brand New Muscle Car of Tulsa, Oklahoma announcing that it has been granted a permission to build officially licensed recreations of one of the biggest star cars from the last 20 years.

Production of these Eleanor Mustangs has already started, and they are currently available for sale with a starting price of $199,995.

For this price, you get the iconic fastback Shelby GT500 that has been professionally hand built following a complete rotisserie restoration.

Engine choices include a 550-horsepower 427 CID V8 from Ford Racing or a more modern 5.0-liter Coyote V8, and transmission choices include a four- or six-speed manual transmissions or an automatic transmission with the Go-Baby-Go shifter.

As with any car, there are options available, too, such as a supercharger, fuel injection and air conditioning, and Brand New Muscle Car is even producing these cars in right-hand-drive configurations.

Color options include the Pepper Grey with black stripes, or customers can choose their own custom color combination.

But that would be like getting a Bullitt Mustang not painted in Dark Highland Green!

It's been 19 years since the movie's debut, but Eleanor Mustangs are finally legal thanks to the licensing from Eleanor Licensing LLC.

This company is owned by Denice Halicki (pictured above), the widow of the late H.B Halicki, who produced the original 1974 Gone In 60 Seconds and later died in 1989 during the filming of a planned Gone In 60 Seconds sequel.

She was the producer of the recent remake and held copyright and trademark rights of the movie, which includes the unique car design.

Back in 2004, Halicki won a lawsuit against Carroll Shelby for copyright and trademark infringement for creating Eleanor replicas.

















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