Spotter’s Guide To The February 2018 Issue of Hagerty Magazine

On Sunday night, Ford debuted its 2018 Bullitt Mustang with the aid of Steve McQueen’s granddaughter Molly McQueen (nee Molly Flattery) and the recently-unearthed Mustang GT used by McQueen in the chase scene of “Bullitt”. I was there and I can attest that the Mustang is in perfect survivor condition. (Miss McQueen, by contrast, appears to be in showroom shape.)

The entire story of the original Bullitt Mustang is in the new issue of Hagerty Magazine, written with care and attention to detail by Larry Webster. Once you’re done with that, turn to page 48 to read about how I tested a restored 1964 Lincoln Continental against a 2017 Continental Black Label. They’re both brilliant cars, and if you’re shopping for a proper luxury automobile you should give the new Conti a serious look.

17 Replies to “Spotter’s Guide To The February 2018 Issue of Hagerty Magazine”

  1. PaulyG


    Thanks for turning me to Hagerty Magazine. A high quality effort by writers, editors, and a publisher who really seem to care.

    • Jack Baruth Post author

      It’s a true privilege to be associated with them, and I have a few things that will appear in the months to come.

  2. John C.

    I am glad you did the comparison between the old and new Continental. So often a magazine road test of American luxury will just serve to show the author’s taste for another type of car. Whether that takes the form of dismissing unfamiliar feature as gimmicks. Going on and on about skidpad performance as if that was the vital stat. Or the worst when they communicate being embarrassed to be seen in one. Just unprofessional, I sure you told the truth about the cars but at least came at them with a basic sympathy for what they are trying to achieve.

  3. -Nate

    I owned ’63, ’64 & ’65 Lincolns, all stellar cars, please go test drive a ’65 as they added disc brakes in that model year and it made a huge improvement .

    I thought there were two ‘Bullitt’ Mustangs, one all beat up and one clean .


    • Dirty Dingus McGee

      You are correct. The second one was found in Mexico about a year ago, basically nothing but a shell. But it will be “restored” last I heard. Someone must have a dump truck full of money they don’t like.

      • Ronnie Schreiber

        I don’t think they could possibly be upside down on that restoration. Somebody paid over a million dollars for the racing suit McQueen used filming LeMans. It’s a factory built Mustang, not a 1 of 5 Zagato bodied Ferrari.

        It would be interesting to know what value Hagerty insurance would place on either one of the Bullit cars. The hero car that was brought to Detroit would be seven figures for sure.

        I think it’s cool that Halicki’s widow has left the original Eleanor in unrestored condition.

  4. Ken

    The Hagerty story is available online… unsure if its cool for me to link to it here. It really is a great read – although if I was that owner, with the recently popularity and the details provided about its location, I’d be worried about it being stolen.

  5. WheeTwelve

    After Car and Driver went down the tubes, I was really stoked when Larry was appointed EIC at Road & Track. I had only occasionally read R&T before, but paid for a full subscription once Larry started assembling the crew. Then, just as quickly Larry was gone, and the staff was decimated. It’s still not clear to me if Larry was out-politicked, found a better gig at Hagerty, or if Hearst just screwed things up. I want someone to blame!
    Thanks for the heads-up. I need to run out to B&N, and pick up a copy.

  6. Ronnie Schreiber

    At the Detroit show, Lincoln decided to display their sedans in a medium to dark blue similar to that used on the original concept and they looked very handsome indeed.

    The best part of the Bullit story is how the current owner’s father told Steve McQueen he wasn’t going to sell the car.

    A certain number of celebrities get VIP passes to the media preview. Today I got to watch a multimillionaire rock star get really excited about a $26,000 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.

  7. Aoletsgo

    A friend of mine who works for Ford posted a pic of himself and Miss McQeen standing verrrry close. It drew an immediate response from his wife.

  8. silentsod

    My copy of the rag just arrived as I insure the ’78 through them. I had just started doing so and was pleasantly surprised to see that I get this as a bonus.


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