Buy Jay Kay's Bullitt Mustang

| 22 Oct 2018
Classic & Sports Car – Buy Jay Kay's Bullitt Mustang

Yes, that's right, this near-exact replica of the famous Bullitt Mustang, once owned by Jay Kay of Jamiroquai, is going under the hammer at Silverstone Auctions' NEC Classic Motor Show Sale next month – it's two superstar cars in one!

This pampered classic has a pre-sale estimate of £58-68,000 – but as this year is the 50th anniversary of Bullitt, that might see this movie-star clone achieve more.

A 1967 Ford Mustang 390GT Fastback, it wears that evocative Highland Green Metallic paint by Dupont and Torque Thrust wheels, as well as the blacked-out grille that many will remember from the silver screen.

Classic & Sports Car – Buy Jay Kay's Bullitt Mustang
Classic & Sports Car – Buy Jay Kay's Bullitt Mustang
Classic & Sports Car – Buy Jay Kay's Bullitt Mustang
Classic & Sports Car – Buy Jay Kay's Bullitt Mustang
This is a pretty faithful Bullitt recreation, even down to the tail-light detailing

When we say this car has been pampered, we mean it.

A decade ago, in America, it underwent a full, bare-metal restoration. During this, any rusty or damaged body panels were replaced, it received new chromework, plus the seat covers and carpet were renewed.

Moving under the bonnet and you won't find the original 289cu in V8, but a 390cu in 'big-block'.

At restoration this engine was rebored and rebalanced, and it received new bearings and pistons. It also got a few Edelbrock items, including aluminium heads, a dual-plane aluminium manifold and a 750 CFM carburettor.

The timing chains, tappets and camshaft were refreshed, too, and an electronic billet distributor and ignition box fitted.

Classic & Sports Car – Buy Jay Kay's Bullitt Mustang
Classic & Sports Car – Buy Jay Kay's Bullitt Mustang
Classic & Sports Car – Buy Jay Kay's Bullitt Mustang
Classic & Sports Car – Buy Jay Kay's Bullitt Mustang
After a full restoration in 2008, it's had yet more substantial work in recent years

And that's not all. With all that power, it's good to know that this Mustang has upgraded brakes, thanks to a front and rear disc brake package by Wilwood.

In addition, its four-speed top-loader gearbox has been rebuilt and an overhauled 9in rear axle fitted.

Take a look at its history file and you'll see it's had another engine rebuild in its more recent past and that £7000 was spent on it in July 2017 – and that it's only done a few hundred miles since then.

Classic & Sports Car – Buy Jay Kay's Bullitt Mustang
Classic & Sports Car – Buy Jay Kay's Bullitt Mustang
Classic & Sports Car – Buy Jay Kay's Bullitt Mustang
Jay Kay of Jamiroquai being a former owner adds to the fun of this classic

So, how does Jamiroquai frontman Jay Kay come into this?

In December 2008, after that large restoration, the Mustang was imported to the UK.

Jay Kay bought it at a Silverstone Auctions sale in 2012 and, since then, no expense has been spared in its upkeep.

This Bullitt replica will be sold with a packed history file including its import paperwork, a fresh MoT and an original Certificate of Title from the state of Pennsylvania.

Silverstone Auctions' sales at the NEC's Classic Motor Show are on 10 and 11 November.

Get tickets for the show here.


Read about Bullitt cars and more in our American Classics Greatest Hits

Check out the Mustangs on our classic cars for sale pages

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