2008 Ford Bullitt Mustang GT Diecast Model

  • Retail Price: $122.95
  • Our Price: $114.95
  • Out of Production
AutoArt 2008 Ford Bullitt Mustang GT diecast car
  • Year: 2008
  • Brand: AutoArt
  • Make: Ford
  • Code: AA73066
  • Model: Bullitt Mustang GT
  • Scale: 1:18
  • Color: Highland Green Metallic

Detective Lt Frank Bullitt's '68 Mustang was a no nonsense hauler with the big 390 V8 4 speed. Stripped of badging, with Torq-Thrust mags and ratty sounding straight exhaust pipes it reflected not only the persona of the maverick detective but also of the actor who portrayed him.... the legendary Steve McQueen. Ford's 40th anniversary tribute car pays homage to that iconic Mustang. The Highland Green Metallic Mustang GT has some of the elements of the original in the bare grill sans running Mustang logo and driving lights, the rear spoiler deletion, absence of "GT" badging, Torq-Thrust style wheels and a faux filler cap between the tail lights featuring a gun sight and "Bullitt" in the deco font of the Warner Brothers promo posters. Lest you forget what you're driving, that "Bullitt" logo is also on the door sills, the airbag cover, the steering wheel (from the GT500) center cap and the strut tower brace spanning the engine.

There's an excellent performance package whose heart is a 315 HP 3V 4.6 V8. The car is more rigid and better suspended than the stock GT and it's even lowered a tad. The dash is trimmed with an engine turned aluminum panel and the drivers seat is the leather covered, cushioned Recaro style seat also from the GT500. Overall, it's all a bit too refined and luxe to capture the grittiness of the original, but it's certainly capable of going airborne on the streets of San Francisco.

AUTOart's model is part of their "Performance Division" series so it's not going to bowl you over with content. It's competent enough in fit, finish and fidelity of shape and stance. The paint is smooth and the metallizer particles are of sufficient scale fineness. The brightwork is excellent, the light groups are beautifully replicated. The interior as well as the engine bay components are a symphony in plastic but they are virtually devoid of mold flash and for the most part are properly textured and painted. The signature machined aluminum dash panel, however, looks plastic especially when viewed with the large chromed bezels of the main gauges.

There are many cost cutting deletions and simplifications on this model. The fender mounted antenna exists solely as a small chromed housing, the seats do not articulate, chassis detail is mostly molded in so the suspension is static. The hood brace is a simple wire with a curled end. The real disappointment is the mesh grill which is modeled as a solid black plastic piece with the "mesh" in relief. Given that the bare grill is the signature look of the car, the lack of open mesh really stands out and makes the model look cheap. What really surprised me is that AUTOart has traditionally always managed to design their models to marshal their resources to be where it counts the most, relative to the projected pricepoint.. Having an opaque grill had the "benefit" of hiding the lack of a radiator. What the cost savings were on that deletion per unit when the model has an MSRP of $110 I can't say, but in this case, I'd rather they raised the price instead.

-Rich Sufficool

  • Retail Price: $122.95
  • Our Price: $114.95
  • Out of Production

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