The 1968 Ford Mustang GT Fastback is just one of the more than 500 cars you can drive around the beautiful world Forza Horizon 5. Yet despite being shown in such a crowded lineup, this vehicle manages to stand out from the crowd, due to its unique place in film history.
There are many different ways to get a new car in Forza Horizon 5. Some are given to you for completing races, others can be purchased with credit (or won via the prize wheel roll), and you can even receive them as gifts from other players online.
While most vehicles can be unlocked through one of these methods, there are some that you can only earn by performing certain missions. Specifically, the 14 abandoned rides have been left in various places around the map (often warehouses) for you to retrieve. After finding any of these abandoned relics, you will then have to wait for the allotted period of time to pass, so that they can be professionally restored, at which point they will be added to your garage.
The 1968 Ford Mustang GT Fastback is one of those wrecked vehicles that desperately needs some care and affection. It will likely be 3rd or 4th one that you find, assuming that you investigate the tips in the order that they come to you.
Considering that you really had to put in a lot of effort to find one, you would probably expect the car to have some impressive performance figures. However (despite being classified as a “legendary” model) it’s not all that impressive when you finally get to jump behind the wheel.
The retro vehicle only has a speed rating of 5.7 (out of 10) and 325 horsepower. Meanwhile, other stats are even lower, with a handling score of 3.9, acceleration of 3.4, launch of 3.3 and poor. braking is rated at 2.3. It’s not even priced that high, as you’ll only get about 50,000 credits if you choose to sell it in a showroom.
With all that said, the uninitiated may be wondering why you had to go through so much trouble just to take this mediocre-looking four seater.
From the Movie What’s the 1968 Ford Mustang GT?
The answer is that the Ford Mustang GT is in demand not because of its stats, but because of its iconic status and distinctive cool factor.
As your in-game friends point out over the phone, the main attraction of fastback is the fastback feature featured in classic movies. What they won’t tell you, however, is the title of the film.
There are vague allusions to the car being used by a detective and photos of it zooming down the hilly streets of the bustling city, but no one ever explicitly names the film itself. If this ambiguity has driven you crazy (no pun intended), then allow us to spare you further suffering.
Ford Mustang GT stands out in 1968 Bullitt, where it belongs to the titular police officer, played by Steve McQueen. The film is famous for its indelible high-speed chase, which sees a Mustang hurtling through the streets of San Francisco while being chased by a Dodge Charger.
It’s often hailed as one of the best car chases in all of theaters, arrived in second place in an insider’s countdown on the subject, and was named a top pick for ScreenRant and WatchMojo’s top 10 connoisseurs list. In his review of the film, legendary film critic Roger Ebert also praised the set-pieces, writing: “They hit an intersection, bounced halfway down the next hill, scraped half a dozen near misses, rubbed against each other, and left your stomach somewhere in the basement. ground for about 11 minutes.”
Given that the Ford Mustang GT is at the center of this acclaimed series, it’s no surprise that the Ford Mustang GT has become a favorite with moviegoers and motorheads alike. In fact, it remains one of the best-selling sports cars of all time.
While the model shown in Bullitt has a highland green paint job, the one you picked up in Forza Horizon 5 was originally orange. Of course, you can always head to the design menu to respray it so it looks more like the iconic movie version.
Once you’ve done that, you can then head to one of the city’s built areas, such as Guanajuato, to channel your inner Steve McQueen and speed through the streets.
Forza Horizon 5 available on Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X, and PC on November 9, but those who pre-ordered the premium edition can download it now. The game will also be featured as part of the Game Pass service when it launches.