10 Famous Cars and the Drivers Who Drove Them

Steve McQueen and the "Bullitt" Mustang
The "Bullitt" car chase scene is still widely regarded as one of the best movie car chases of all time. (Creative Commons/flickr/Podknox)

The movie "Bullitt," is a 1968 action-drama starring all-around suave guy Steve McQueen as a San Francisco police lieutenant. The car is a dark green 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390, and it's almost as well-known as its driver -- a role which helped propel the Mustang to decades of near-legendary status. The film's plot is action-charged, to the point that it focuses on a seven-minute chase scene between the Mustang and a 1968 Dodge Charger R/T driven by the antagonists. It's a scene that's still widely regarded as one of the best movie car chases of all time.

Steve McQueen, unlike most stars, was known for performing his own stunt work, too -- and that's just part of what made him such a stud. He was an actual race car driver and motorcycle rider in his free time and he owned a garage full of enviable vehicles. It's the photogenic Mustang in "Bullitt" that showed off McQueen's skills to a wider audience, though. A segment of the chase was, in fact, performed by a professional stunt driver. Though McQueen objected, the hilliest and twistiest stretches of the sequence -- what San Francisco is known for -- were just too much for his lead foot to handle. Regardless, Steve McQueen and the green '68 Mustang are forever linked in Hollywood history.