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There were two Mustangs prepared for the movie Bullitt, the ‘hero’ car and the stunt car. The hero Bullitt Mustang sold earlier this year for US$3.4 million and the new owner has confirmed the car will not be restored. In its current state, it bears the scars from filming the famous car chase scenes in 1968 and decades of daily use. The car was purchased 1974 and became a daily driver for several years, eventually being hidden away until 2018. The stunt car was discovered in Mexico in 2017, unfortunately I haven’t sleuthed out it’s full story yet.
The Ford Thunderbird started production late 1954 for a 1955 launch. Ford executives and designers had been toying with a ‘European’ style model for the Ford line-up for some time. To a degree the Thunderbird was also a response to Chevrolet’s new Corvette, but Ford positioned the T bird, not as a sports car, but a personal luxury car (and in the process, created a new marketing segment). This meant a focus on luxury and comfort over speed and performance. The Thunderbird started life as a two seat convertible and got progressively bigger through the generations until the personal luxury car market collapsed in the late 1970s.
This car is best known for its part in a photograph of Marilyn Monroe, looking a little surprised with her white dress blowing in the wind. Marilyn was on her way to the opera in New York City where she was meeting John (John was waiting in the opera house foyer, in disguise, as his wife Jackie thought he was working late). As Marilyn approached the foyer entrance, she passed a Cadillac DeVille parked at the curb-side. Inside the car was a little girl, the daughter of an advertising executive from Madison Avenue who had just bought a new camera and flash. The girl was playing with the camera while her Dad popped into the drug store to buy cigarettes. Suddenly the flash went off, catching Marilyn by surprise – she nearly jumped out of her skin. The famous pose had been captured. A few weeks later, when the film was processed, the ad exec realised what he had. He immediately put the photo and negative into an envelope and posted them straight to Marilyn, apologising for the breach of privacy. Marilyn wrote back and said ‘no worries’ and posted the photo on her Facebook page. It went viral. Marilyn became the first internet sensation. There have been lots of sensations since but Marilyn is still the most famous.