Muscle Car Wars: 1968 Mustang Fastback Vs Dodge Charger R/T
The greatest car chase in the history of cinema, in the movie Bullitt, brings a lot of questions with it, according to Nick Rufford. Why does the Dodge Charger, during the chase with Steve McQueen, lose six hubcaps? How is possible for the two speeding cars to pass by the same Beetle few times – is San Francisco that small?
But the biggest dispute, at least among car fans, can a 1968 Ford Mustang cope up with a Dodge Charger. Besides being a great driver – which directors established with McQueen’s character, Lieutenant Frank Bullitt. With 50 horsepower’s less than the Charger, the 68 Mustang would certainly have gone worse in a real duel.
It’s said that the Hollywood engineer Max Balchowsky put cameras in both Ford Mustangs used in filming, just to make the chase closer and more trilling. We have located two classic cars, as the ones used in the movie owned by two Bullitt enthusiasts Dave Redhead and Chris How and took them to Brands Hatch for a race. It’s not the same as in the movie, but it was as close as we can get to get an answer for one of the biggest debated movie scenes, among all car lovers.
Steve McQueen was a real fan of Porsche and that could be his natural choice for the film, but Warner Brothers had an agreement with Ford to supply cars, so it was a bit disappointment for Steve. The Ford Mustang is a true piece of muscle car, it was ahead in performance and design than any other car of its day – maybe still is, and whit its cheap price at that time anyone could afford one.