1968 Charger Bullitt Lead

INFOGRAPHIC: How Many Hubcaps Came Off the Dodge Charger in Bullitt?

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With the relative exception of Smokey and the Bandit, Bullitt is our favorite car movie. In the greatest car chase in film history, Steve McQueen’s Ford Mustang GT chases down bad guys in a 1968 Dodge Charger. A lot of hubcaps are flying, and this infographic should tell you where they came from.

Peter Yates directed the Steve McQueen classic, Bullitt, in 1968, and fans obsess over every frame of the movie. 

The film was made by McQueen’s Solar Productions, and released by Warner Bros.-Seven Arts on October 17, 1968. It won an Academy Award for Best Film Editing and receiving a nomination for Best Sound.

Bullitt charger Mustang 1The screenplay writers won a 1969 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Motion Picture Screenplay.

But what Bullitt is notable for is the 10 minute, 53 second car chase through the streets of San Francisco. As you can imagine, delivering the greatest car chase in film history with 1968-level technology can run into a few continuity errors. The one most people figure out first is about the hubcaps.

Bullitt BurnoutThe only car with hubcaps during the chase is the Charger. McQueen’s Mustang is running American Racing Torq-Thrust wheels in place of the originals. Yet, way more than four hubcaps end up flying around during the chase.

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Bullitt Hubcap Infographic

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(Special thanks to Kurt Hanss for putting this cool graphic together.)

Craig Fitzgerald

Craig Fitzgerald

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