Car: Ford Mustang GT 390 Fastback ( "Bullitt Mustang" )
What makes it special: The 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390 Fastback gained popular culture status when used in the same-year crime thriller "Bullitt," in which Lt. Frank Bullitt (played by actor Steve McQueen), drove a modified Highland Green 1968 Mustang GT Fastback with 390 cu in V8 engine, chasing two hitmen in a black 1968 Dodge Charger in the film's car chase through the streets of San Francisco.
What made it famous: As with the prior year, exterior trim changes included concave taillights and a side scoop. The major mechanical feature was allowing the installation of a big-block V8: a 4-barrel carbureted, 390 cu in FE engine that came from Ford's Thunderbird. When tested, a 390 GT engine with a 4-speed manual transmission recorded quarter-mile times of about 13 seconds and trap speeds of over 105 mph.
Why I would want one: This is THE most iconic factory Ford Mustang of all time. You cannot honestly say that the Bullitt chase scene is one of the most famous movie chase scenes in history, and that owning one of these would not make you feel like McQueen himself.
Fun fact: The 1973 model year Mustang was the final version of the original pony car, as the model name shifted to the economy based Mustang II the next year.
( 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390 Fastback photo from blackmustangclub.com )