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Gateway Classic 1968 Steve McQueen Signature Mustang - Click above for high-res image gallery

Making a limited edition Ford Mustang based off of a famous movie car is nothing new, but Gateway Classic Mustang is taking a different approach. The St. Louis-based company has partnered with the Steve McQueen Estate to produce a modern rendition of the 1968 Ford Mustang featured in the movie Bullitt.

Each car starts out as an original '67 or '68 Mustang fastback and is fitted with a 450-horsepower V8, Keisler five-speed transmission, Baer brakes, American Racing wheels and BFGoodrich tires. The suspension has been worked over as well, with adjustable coilovers front and rear.

Gateway Classic Mustang says that they are currently taking orders for the Limited Edition Steve McQueen Mustang, and although pricing isn't listed, we imagine that they won't come cheap. You can read more details about the car in the press release after the jump, and be sure to check out the high-res gallery below.

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BOURBON, Mo. – March 15, 2011– Gateway Classic Mustang, the premier manufacturer of high performance vintage Mustangs, announced the start of production for its Limited Edition 1968 Steve McQueenTM Signature Mustang. Gateway Classic Mustang teamed up with the Steve McQueen estate to design and build the car in honor of the legendary Hollywood actor and racing enthusiast.

"This Mustang build combines the classic body styles of the late '60s Fords with contemporary performance technology to deliver a fantastic driving experience," said Jason Childress, co-owner of Gateway Classic Mustang. "Each of these limited edition Steve McQueen cars are hand-built by our team at Gateway Classic Mustang. The car's design was based on the famous ride driven by McQueen in his 1968 film, where he starred as a no nonsense San Francisco cop."
Powered by a Roush 450 horsepower small block, the Highland Green car generates 27 percent more power than its famous predecessor. Standing on an adjustable strut coil-over front suspension with power rack and pinion steering coupled with a three-link adjustable coil-over rear suspension with watts link, the car is as comfortable on the race track as it is on the street.

The Mustang begins with a 1967 or '68 original Ford body and comes with a Keisler five-speed manual transmission coupled to a Hydraulic clutch. BFGoodrich tires surround the five spoke American Racing wheels, while Baer 12" front disc brakes and Baer 11" rear disc brakes bring the car to a halt.

"The car is symbolic of Hollywood's greatest chase scene in which McQueen performed majority of the stunt driving," added Childress. "A limited amount of Mustangs are being built with the Steve McQueen signature and specs. Each vehicle is numbered and signed and released on a first-come, first-served basis."

The interior of the vehicle is dressed in its original '68 features with updated black components, including a Gauge package with tachometer by Classic Instruments. A carpeted fold down rear seat and original style lap seat belts add to the overall atmosphere of the 'Stang, while custom bolstered original style front bucket seats are also available in the vehicle by TMI.

Air-conditioning by Classic Auto Air adds to the comfort of the car, while an AM/FM/MP3 stereo blares through a six speaker amplifier. Extreme sound deadening is supplied by Dynamat and stops road noise, vibrations and car rattles, while improving the car audio's sound and bass.
"Steve McQueen pushed life to the limit and we modeled this car after his bad boy persona," noted Childress. "We're honored to celebrate the life of McQueen through our Mustang."
Gateway Classic Mustang is currently taking orders for the limited edition pony car. Those interested should visit www.gatewayclassicmustang.comor call 573-732-3541.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      @ len simpson

      Dodge didnt need as much as the Ford ..FORD NEEDED MAJOR SUSPENSION WORK AND ENGINE WORK !!!

      The Ford fell appart,the Charger stayed together,they even gave it back to the Dodge dealer after !!

      Stock 440 Charger blew the doors off the modified Mustang !! Think they changed the carb on the Dodge..

      Remember new 440's ran 12's in the 1/4 with traction..tested by CarLife when new..skiny 14's 13-14 sec cars..8 inch slicks low 12 second cars...4 seocond range 0-60 with good tires...

      The Charger blew the doors off the Mustang,they had to handicap the Charger by shaving the tires so the modified 390 could keep up !!! The Charger lapped the Mustang around a local track !!


      Before the filming could be done, the Charger and the Mustang required preparation. One of the best wrenchmen in the movie business, Max Balchowsky, recalls the Mustang in particular needed considerable modifications so it could hold up during the relentless beatings it would take during the filming. "Carey said they were gonna do a lot of jumping with it, and he said it had to be strong. So I was a little hesitant. I didn't know if they wanted to go over 50 foot cliffs. I had no idea what they wanted to do until I got there." To beef up the Mustang, Balchowsky started with the suspension, reinforcing the shock towers, adding crossmembers and reinforcements, exchanging the springs for replacements with higher deflection rates and replacing the stock shocks with Konis. All suspension parts were magnafluxed and replaced where nescessary. The engine also came in for some modifications, including milling the heads, adding an aftermarket high performance ignition system and reworking the the carburetor and adding headers.

      Balchowsky remembers "I hardly had to anything to the Dodge's engine, but what I was worried about was the strength of the front end." To shore up the front, Balchowsky revised the torsion bars, beefed up the control arms and added heavy duty shocks. As with the Mustang, all parts were 'fluxed. For the rear end, Balchowsky told us, "I got some special rear springs, what you call a high spring rate, a flat without any arch in it, and using that spring the car would stay low. It's similar to the same springs they use in police cars, which makes a good combination. When the police specify a package, they have more spring here, a little bigger brake there, a little bit more happening in the shocks, and it makes a good car. But the director of BULLITT wanted a brand new car instead of an ex-police car, so I got the springs from a friend at Chrysler. We had to weld reinforcements under the arms and stuff on the Dodge. We did lose a lot of hubcaps on the Charger. We'd put the hubcaps back on, but I suppose it probably would have been better if we had lest them off."

      I'll tell you this," said Max Balchowsky, "I was really impressed with the Mustang after I got done with it. I didn't think it'd make that much difference beefing it up. Later, we took both cars out and went playing around with them over by Griffith Park (near Los Angeles).

      The Dodge, which was practically stock, just left the Mustang like you wouldn't believe." Ron Riner has similar recollections.

      "The Charger ran rings around the Mustang. We trimmed the tires down (on the Charger), we practically made them down to bicycle tires to try and handicap Hickman, and Bill just run them." Carey Loftin also recalls," we test ran the car at Griffith Park near the Observatory, up a long hill. and if you can run a car real hard up and down that hill it's working pretty good."

      In the Motor Trend interview, McQueen recalled there were some close calls and incidents that looked good on film but weren't exactly planned to happen, some of which occured in the memorable downhill sequences. "Remember that banging going down? That was about 100 mph. I was bangin' into Bill. My car was disintegrating. Like, the door handles came off, both the shocks in the front broke, the steering armature on the right front side broke and my slack was about a foot and a half. The Mustang was really just starting to fall apart."

      BY: Susan Encinas (Muscle Car Review, March, 1987)

        • 4 Years Ago
        From the look in the movie the Charger was falling apart, not the Mustang.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ...or I could just buy an old '67 Mustang and rebuild it myself for 1/10th the price. These REPLICAS won't come cheap? They'd better come cheap. These are Ferraris here, Ford made 790,000 Mustangs in 1967-68. Not to mention you can buy a 100% brand new body at Dynacorn for 16 grand, or a whole car used for about the same price give or take 5,000$.

      These things better be brand new, not restored, not refurbished, NEW. Bumpers, seats, steering wheel, everything! ...and even then the guys who make these should be ashamed of themselves if they charge more than 40 or 50k

        • 4 Years Ago
        Correction: "These AREN'T Ferraris"

        Sorry about the goof, and sorry if I sound angry, it's just that I hate to see people fleeced.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Fleeced for what? Value is in the eye of the beholder. As long as this company isn't mis representing what they are selling then the buyers aren't getting fleeced.

        Now thats not to say these are a bad investment, the problem I see alot now'a days are people willing to buy something like this in the hope that some drunk at B&J's will plop down 7 figures at the auction.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yes please.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This would run rings around the original, but you cant substitute a small block for that awesome solid lifter FE goodness.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Would you excuse me while I go put on my black turtleneck and cord. jacket. Some guys in a black Charger are following me around town.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can understand why they are using a small block, but right or wrong it needs a 390.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Tru'dat, all the parts are there to build a brand new FE motor, but I suppose when you get down to the economics of it, its a bit prohibitive.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed, the 390 is the way to go, but I do understand choosing the small block. I hope it sounds at good as the GT-40 engine they used in the movie for the engine and shifting sounds.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If it sounds and looks as good as the 390, that's fine.
        Just that the BB makes the SB look like a Honda engine comparison.
      • 4 Years Ago
      When I think about American cars, that's the sort of stuff I think of
      American cars are becoming too European and are losing their uniqueness.
      The world needs more iconic cars like this one
      • 4 Years Ago
      If you have to pose,might as well do it with the real deal:

      • 4 Years Ago
      Why is it the Charger never gets any love from such Bullitt recreations? It's always McQueen's Mustang. I mean, I know the bad guys were driving the Charger and it blows up at the end and all (after losing 6 hubcaps before crashing), but still...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Didn't know about the six hubcaps. Now I have an excuse to watch this movie again. Thanks bud.
        • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      My problem with these replicas is that Dynacorn does not make the bodies in the USA, I believe they come from China or Taiwan... I'd never pay that much for a Chinese muscle car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yes they had to soup up the Mustang to run with the Charger.
      The Chryslers of the 1960`s were bad ass cars.
      I would love to have the Charger in Bullit and not some gay General Lee Charger.
      This movie was filmed in real time and they used a modifed Corvette for a camera car.
      I just love those big squared off Mopars. GTX, Roadrunner, Super Bee, and Chargers.
      They wern`t rounded and swoopy areo dynamic. They were square jawed mean.
      Chrysler made the car world a better place. Simplicity brawn and power.
      The Mustang was more popular. I like it too.
      That body sculpture of the Charger was bad to the bone.
      The 70-72 Chevy Monte Carlo- Cool
      The 72 Mercury Couger - Cool.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Lookswise, this body can,t be beat, but it,s not much underneath. Bullitt cars needed alternate suspension( Dodge I think) in order to withstand the stunt abuse. Since I,ve had some experience, I would reskin late model "light rollovers".
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