Jay Kay’s Charger on the move… Silverstone to sell star’s (almost) Bullitt-replica chase car. Just too late for our Temptations page, we heard that famed musician and car nut Jay Kay is having a bit of a garage clearout. At Silverstone Auctions’ Race Retro sale, alongside a California Highway Patrol-style Kawasaki Z1000, he is offering the 1969 Dodge Charger he bought from Bruce Willis eight years ago (vest not included).
So we’ve got plenty of celebrity provenance, which is the first step on the way to compensate for it not quite being the ‘Bullitt-spec’ car it is billed as. The Charger in the legendary Steve McQueen chase scene was actually a ’1968 model, the ’1969 differing in having a vertical front grille divider and horizontal tail-lights – as seen a lot in The Dukes of Hazzard, but that was never as cool as Bullitt.
Jay Kay’s car also has aftermarket wheels, but it is black and in 2014 he did spend £25,000 having the engine rebuilt and uprated, which must explain why this has 8.2 litres and not the ‘mere’ 7.2 of the original.
However, the car is in stunning condition and, based on that and its past ownership, has to be a good deal at the £50k-£60k estimate Silverstone has placed on it. See silverstoneauctions.com for more details.
Jay Kay’s car is a year too young for Bullitt but still has a lot going for it.