"I put about 60 miles on it," Chad said after returning the car in one piece. "The car is great. It's got so many adjustments. It doesn't feel like a 40-year-old car. I mean, everything is tight. In the two hours I had it, we started messing with the suspension adjustments. I think there's a lot more to be had out of it. It's a phenomenal piece of work, built by artisans."
Forty years after his father vaulted a Highland Green '68 fastback over the hills of San Francisco and into American movie icon status, Chad noted that locals immediately recognized this modern-day replica. "When I was going up and down the Pacific Coast Highway, it was surprising how many people knew what it was," Chad said. "We got thumbs up from a bunch of people." That's saying something in car-happy southern California.
Editor's Note: The buildup of Chad McQueen's '68 Bullitt Mustang is scheduled to appear as a Celebrity Rides episode in early 2009. Go to www.gatewayclassicmustang.com for updates on show air times.
Chad McQueen'68 Bullitt Specifications