Bullitt (1968) Wikipedia - Bullitt


Steve McQueen used a Safariland Model 19 holster in this movie.

Bullitt's Colt was a short barrelled Diamondback with Detective Special grips carried in a Safariland Model 19 holster
The other 2 SFPD Inspectors carried standard Detective Specials.
It looks like the Uniforms were carrying Model 58s in 41 Mag.
The Hitter's Model 97 is a short barrled takedown version but neither the stock nor barrel was cut like I thought. The recievr is US marked so it was most probably a standard riot gun with a 20" barrel.  It could have been a trench gun with the handguard/bayonet lug sleeve removed but photos don't show the front end well enough to see if there are marks from the screws which would have held the sleeve onto the barrel.

Clearly the guns pictured on the site (as examples) are not the ones used in the movie.

1. In the final scene with the holstered revolver the stocks come down below the frame (I have always found this when looking at freeze frame myself) and that one is a diamond back.  The gun on the box cover (not a very good shot on the site) is almost certainly a Python and I caught other frames in the movie which I think show a full frame to the bottom of the stocks.

2. The "1911" is clearly a Star - look at the picture where he is drawing it - no grip safety and the Star shaped hammer.

3. The 1897 appears to be cut back to about 1" in front of the mag tube - Lucky could measure his and see what that is.  On my Model 12 (which I also cut off about 1" in front of the mag tube) the barrel is 19".


Steve McQueen the wheel of the Mustang


Bullitt - Steve McQueen drives a Mustang



The Mustang


Steve McQueen parks his Mustang


Bullit (1968) on location, photography by Barry Feinstein of Steve McQueen driving the Ford Mustang



A French Kiss with Death - Steve McQueen and the Making of Le Mans by Michael Keyser with Jonathan Williams published by Bentley Link - Bentley Publishers, Cambridge MA. ISBN 0837023-2

Page 69

Steve had been in his element in The Thomas Crown AffaireWikipedia - , racing across the beach in the dune buggy, but it was in his next film that he clearly managed to express his love for cars and high-speed driving.
    Bullitt was the first film Solar produced in association with Warner Brothers, and is undoubtedly best remembered for its hair-raising car chase sequences.
    The idea for these came to Steve while he was riding a motorcycle late one night with Don Gordon, his co-star in the film. Steve was jumping his bike off some of the steep hills in San Francisco, and he thought, Why not do the same thing with a car ?
    Legendary chassis designer Max BalchowskyWikipedia - was the person in charge of putting together the two cars involved in the classic chase - a Ford 390GT MustangWikipedia - and the Dodge 440 Magnum ChargerWikipedia - . Balchowsky's main job was to prepare the cars to withstand the beating they'd take while being raced up and down the hilly streets of San Francisco.
    Koni shocks and heavy duty coil springs were added to the Mustang. The shock mounts were reinforced. NASCAR springs were added on the rear, as well as special shocks. Both cars were fitted with disc brakes and wraparound interior roll bars.(38) Steve was involved in much of the stunt driving, and Bud Ekins was again called on to perform the jumps in the film.

"Bullitt started a whole series of chase scenes that people did from then on," says Ekins. "Many times we were running better than hundred miles per hour and that's the first time I know of that they were shooting real speeds." (39)

     The day the scenes were shot of the Dodge and Mustang flying off the hills in San Francisco., Steve was given a 10:00 A.M. call instead of the one at 07:00 A.M. When he got to the set, they'd already sprayed Ekin's hair blond and he was in the Mustang jumping it down the hill.

    Ekins recalls that Steve came up to the car and said "You've done it to me again."

    What do you mean ?" Ekins asked. "Done it to you again ?"

    "In the Great Escape I had to get up in the front of the whole world and tell them that I hadn't done that jump. Now you've done this car jump and the same thing's going to happen."

    While Bud Ekins drove the Mustang, actor Bill Hickman, who played the hit man in the film, handled the driving chores in the Dodge during the chase scenes.
     Steve's insistence that the car chase sequences be shot on location, using the steep hills of San Francisco. was a backdrop, eventually caused Warner Brothers to pull the plug on the six-picture deal with Solar.
     Ken Hyman, the new head of Warners, was an ex-marine who was not accustomed to indulging the whims of movie stars, and after one week of shooting in San Francisco. he ordered the entire Solar Productions crew to return to Los Angeles and finish filming everything - including the car chase sequences - on Warner's back lot.
     Steve refused to comply, arguing that the whole basis of the Warner-Solar contract was autonomy from the studio bosses. There was no middle ground, and Warners and Solar agreed to part company when the film was finished.


(38) Nolan, William Stars on Wheels

(39) Ekins, Bud. Steve McQueen: Man on the Edge. Wombat Productions, 1991






A license plate frame from Bud Ekins Triumph dealership



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