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Ford Mustang GT from 'Bullitt' movie sells for record $3.4 million at auction

At the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in Scottsdale, the Ford Mustang GT featured in the movie "Bullitt" sold for $3.4 million.

Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

In 1968, a Ford Mustang GT drove up San Francisco streets and across movie screens in the iconic Steve McQueen film "Bullitt." Today, one of the two Mustangs used in the film, dubbed the Ford Mustang Bullitt, crossed the auction block at a Mecum Auctions event in Kissimmee, Florida selling for $3.4 million.

Its sale price makes the sports car, colloquially known Bullitt Mustang, the most expensive Mustang sold at auction to date. The car originally sold for $3,500.

1968 Ford Mustang Bullitt

1968 Ford Mustang Bullitt

Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

For decades, it was thought that the original Mustangs used in the movie was lost to the annals of history. They weren't.

One was sent to a salvage yard and then resurfaced in 2017 in Baja, California. The other was purchased by a private buyer.

Instead of living it's best Hollywood life, the second Mustang was actually doing duty as a daily driver for the Kiernan family. McQueen tried to buy the Mustang from the family on numerous occasions but was rebuffed each time.

Instead of being driven by McQueen, the car wracked up 65,055 miles on its odometer as a daily driver and then was parked in 1981. The decades since we not kind to the car, which sat in a growing state of disrepair.

It was the Kiernan's son, Sean, who brought the Mustang to auction. He inherited the car in 2014 and began to work with Ford on plans to clean up and show off the model.

Now, the Mustang's time with the Kiernan family has come to an end. The identity of the buyer has not been revealed.

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The new Z starts at under $40,000.

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The new Nissan Z is finally here, and the 400-horsepower sports car is hitting the market with a reasonable price. The car starts at just $39,990 before a $1,025 destination charge. That's significantly cheaper than the least expensive Toyota Supra for a car with impressive specs and great style.

2023 Nissan ZThe Z gets a 400-horsepower V6 from Infiniti.Nissan

The 2023 Z comes with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that makes 400 horsepower. It's paired with either a six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. That's the enthusiast's dream setup, and it's one of few cars available in the U.S. with a manual gearbox. The body is stiffer and features more reinforcements from prior cars, and the steering system now features electric assistance instead of hydraulics. 18-inch wheels are standard and 19-inchers are available.

When it announced the car, Nissan made a point to talk about its retro-inspired styling and classic proportions. The coupe features a sweeping roofline, a distinct front fascia, and is unmistakeably a Z car, through and through. Inside, the car features a three anlog gauges for a classic look, 12.3-inch configurable digital gauge cluster and a 9-inch touchscreen display. The cabin looks upscale and tech-forward, with deep bucket seats.

2023 Nissan ZThe 2023 Z lands this summer. Nissan

Nissan says the new Z will go on sale in summer 2022. Pricing starts at $39,990 for the base Sport trim, $49,990 for the mid-range Performance trim, and $52,990 for the limited-edition range-topping Proto Spec trim.

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Lincoln will not make a performance variant to compete with Cadillac.

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TheLincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade have been duking it out at the top of luxury SUV rankings for decades, but there’s one area of the Caddy’s development that Lincoln won’t touch. In a recent interview, a company executive told Ford Authority that it has no plans to create a performance variant of the Navigator to compete with the upcoming Escalade V from Cadillac.

2022 Lincoln NavigatorThe new Navigator features several upscale touches and excellent tech. Lincoln

That means the Navigator will stick with the powertrain it’s carried for years, which is a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that makes 440 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with a smooth ten-speed automatic and either rear- or four-wheel drive. While there’s more than enough power to get the hulking Lincoln moving, it’s not a powertrain that inspires excitement or engagement, and though beefy, it’s tuned much more for comfort and quietness than drama.

Though more than adequate, those specs are a far cry from the numbers we expect from the Escalade V. The full-size bruiser from Cadillac is expected to get a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, similar to the unit seen in the CT5-V Blackwing and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. We don’t know power numbers yet, but the engine should deliver horsepower and torque numbers in the high 600s.

Cadillac Escalade VThe Escalade V will be massively powerful. Cadillac

That Lincoln is taking a different approach isn’t surprising. The automaker has already announced its intention to go all-electric, so pouring more time and resources into creating a performance gas-powered SUV isn’t in line with its goals. Company executives have also expressed a desire to avoid imitating rivals, so the decision to leave a performance Navigator behind is not surprising.

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