Direct from the Pioneer ‘Vehicle Data Card (VDC):
In October 1968, Steve McQueen extended his considerable screen persona playing the role of Lieutenant Frank Bullitt in the Warner Bros. movie BULLITT. At the same time the Highland Green Mustang 390 GT would be forever granted the title of ‘The Greatest Chase Car in Cinema History’ – an accolade now maintained for over 40 years.
The BULLITT Mustang is regularly voted one of the most iconic movie cars of all time - exuding the essence of ‘car cool’. This was a regular 390 GT Mustang before the movie company added, removed and replaced stock fittings. The production company created an understated and enigmatic pursuit vehicle that has never been surpassed.
Two Mustangs were created for the chase scene with only one known to survive the rigors of filming. The mysterious whereabouts of the only surviving movie car simply adds to the mystique and continuing interest in this car. The appeal of BULLITT guarantees that this vehicle will always deserve its prime position amongst the true greats – a speeding legend.”
The Pioneer Bullitt Mustang display case reminds me of the previous rectangular Scalextric style display case (except with a grey base) with a crystal lid. Pioneer has gone the extra yard, (something you'll hear a lot during this review) and labelled the base impressively including yellow racing stripes.
- Full spare set of tires, (4)
- Spare front bumper with decaled number plate
- 2 spare windscreen wipers
- Spare rear vision mirror
- Spare guide (with long guide post for convenient braid replacement) and set of braids.
Let’s face it; we will never have enough funds to buy all the slot cars we would like and unfortunately there are times we are forced to let one slip through our collection. So I thought I'd add a new section to my reviews regarding the value the slot car represents as a way of helping with the dilemma of, ‘Should I really get this slot?’
- Length: 174mm
- Width: 55mm
- Height: 44mm
- Crown Gear: 36 Tooth
- Pinion Gear: 12 Tooth
- Motor: Typhoon FC130 18000 side-mounted rear wheel drive configuration
- Wheel Diameter: 12.4mm rims (front and rear)
- Weight: 87 grams
- Quick change braids, “Pull down, pull out, push in, push up. Job done.”
- 1967 Fastback Mustang 500 GT ‘Eleanor’ from the movie ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’? (from 1974 and the 2000 remake)
- 1977 Pontiac Trans Am from ‘Smokey and the Bandit’
- 1970 Porsche 911S from the movie ‘Le Mans’
- 1969 Dodge Charger used in the ‘Dukes of Hazzard’
Paint finish on the Bullitt is very good with no sign of runs or imperfections. Pioneer have matched the ’highland’ green colour perfectly based on photos and movie footage. Small details such as chrome door surrounds, door handles and locks, driver and wheel nuts are well painted adding detail.
The Bullitt’s body is attached to the chassis via 6 screws (2 of the screws attach to the internal drivers tray) and can be quickly removed for adjustment and then easily assembled. The Bullitt is Digital Plug Ready ‘DPR’ and uses Scalextric Easy Fit Digital Plug, (reference part C8515) which can be quickly plugged in converting the car to digital although I did not test this as I have an analogue setup.
- Sex Appeal: 7th Gear
- Collectability: 7th Gear
- Build Quality/Engineering: 6th Gear
- Attention to Detail: 7th Gear
- 'RTR' Performance: 7th Gear